Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Our mission today was to get three jobs done so that we could spend the rest of the week concentrating on Long Beach and Ilwaco. This weekend will be the annual parades in each town.
We got the two remaining window boxes ready for them to put in place when the brackets are done (tomorrow).
Manager Beth told us that not all the cottages came from Fort Canby, as we mentioned the other day. A couple of them came from the nearby golf course and a couple of them were built on the property.
I would go to a Prince memorial dance party if there was one nearby.
I had to change into warmer clothes at the Anchorage because of a brisk and chilly wind.
I am so not a fan of bark, at all….”Just say no to barkscapes” is our motto (one of them). However, maybe some very fine very DARK bark (shredded, not horrid nuggets) would look better around those shrubs, although I would prefer a soil based mulch.
Golden Sands Assisted Living
At last, I got the bag of dahlias planted, an assorted mix of pinks and maroons. Each quadrant got some weeding. There never seems to be time to achieve perfection. The four flower gardens are in a green stage between spring bulbs and late spring flowers. Quite dull:
I would love to see salal completely out of this whole courtyard….I hope we can remove some every week between now and fall. By we, I mean Allan.
One of the residents told us that a new resident has enjoyed the tulips and been reminded of the tulips she had at her own home.
Klipsan Beach Cottages
He pruned a sword fern that we had missed on the outer lawn:
We missed the elegant shape of that tulip before it opens, as shown below:
When good plants go bad: After years of being well behaved, Allium sphaerocephalon has turned into a grassy looking mess, just like another grassy allium in Fifth Street Park.
At the A frame garden, Allan tucked in a teucrium that I’d taken out of a pot at the Anchorage (in prep for something more interesting).
I had clipped back a rosemary at Golden Sands that had been mysteriously bent sideways. (One of the residents agreed it was like a bear had lain on it, but no bears can get into the courtyard.) We delivered the clippings to Salt Pub.
The curbside gardens need weeding before the weekend…at least, the ones that are not all river rock, because at this point I cannot even walk on river rock, much less stand on it to weed it. Today I had some plants with me to add to the Ilwaco planters. I was just too tired to do it.
When we arrived home, Dave and Melissa were about to leave their big pruning job two doors down.
I told Nora’s grand daughter (now owner of the house) that it is good to have a wildlife refuge with mown paths back there.
On the other side of the yard, a darling waggle tailed dog watched us. Allan could read his name tag: Dickens.
Now we have three days to get Ilwaco, the Port of Ilwaco, and Long Beach parks and gardens as perfect as possible before parade weekend.
1995 (age 71):
April 26: Finished planting begonias in baskets and pots. Was able to get them all in by moving Forest Farm plants outside. Next big job is planting the dahlias.
1997 (age 73)
April 26: 11:00-4:00 warm and sunny Planted the Tristar daughter plans in 3 rows except the small ones which I put into square tray. That job took until 5:00. Turned on garden faucets. Watered strawberry rows. Then started weeding the pathway until I quit when I was exhausted.