Thursday, 28 April 2016
In the late afternoon, after completing the Ilwaco and Port gardens for the Saturday children’s parade, we turned to Long Beach to get all its gardens ready for the big Sunday parade. Allan weeded all four quadrants of Fifth Street Park while I weeded and fluffed two blocks worth of planters and street tree gardens. It was frustrating that it took me two and a half fours to do just two blocks. It takes time to try to achieve perfection.
There are 36 planters on the main drag (I think) and of those, there are still several I would like to re-do.
The Cove Restaurant
The talk was all of gardening.
Friday, 29 April 2016
If we could not get Long Beach done today, we’d have to spill the job over to Saturday afternoon after the Ilwaco parade. The day started out rainy but we headed to work anyway.
Ilwaco Post Office
We got waylaid for a whole maddening hour by weeds in our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office.
Allan did a tiny bit of touch up in Fifth Street Park and went on to weed the Veterans Field gardens, the Lewis and Clark Square garden, and the Heron Pond garden while I groomed the last four blocks of planters and street trees. After two days of ideal weather, we had an annoying amount of wind today but no rain after noon. This is good and bad, as without rain, we are going to have to start watering planters pretty soon.
The street tree garden below, by a popular restaurant, has grown back in with aster and schizostylis. We had it all cleared out last year with hardy fuchsias planted. Someone parked their big dog, and someone else parked a bike, and so on, in this pocket garden and the fuchsia was destroyed, so we have let it go back to a mess of asters.
One of the Gaura ‘So White’ in Fish Alley was half broken off, messing up my planned “picture”.
Heather of NIVA green had noticed something was different in the planter by the Elks Lodge, where someone had dug out one of the two matched daphnes. I had decided that the planter has to be redone. The daphne was in the way of the traffic sightline anyway, so now was a good time to use vandalism as a reason to re-do the planter.
Amazingly, we had time to dump our debris and scurry up to The Basket Case to check out their new shipment of perennials.
Basket Case Greenhouse
I got me some agastaches for my collection (which would be extensive if they reliably made it through the winter) and we went…
back to Long Beach
We weeded and deadheaded and city hall and then went to the beach approach.
Finally, we got most of the weeds out of the little popouts and Coulter Park.
Amazingly, we finished the job by 7:30 and dropped our trailer off at home with the intent of dinner at Salt as a reward. On the way, I saw something so maddening in Ilwaco: a big plywood yard sale sign NAILED to one of the street trees and resting on and smashing plants in the well weeded pocket garden. We took it down and took out the nail. I did not want the yard sale people to be upset that no one could find their sale, so we went to twenty minutes of extra trouble, after leaving our trailer at home, of returning to drill holes in the sign and tie it to a light post so it would not blow over in the brisk wind.
(I might as well tell you that tomorrow I will be complaining because someone nailed the sign BACK onto the tree.)
We then took a detour. Without the trailer on, we could do an easy turn around at the dead end street by our old house behind the boatyard. I wanted to spy on my former Davidia tree and see if it had finally bloomed.
I had planned to spy from outside the garden, but Jon, who is buying the cottage from me and (from what we see when we drive by) doing amazing work fixing it up, invited us into the garden.
There was the Davidia, so tall, and covered with pocket handkerchiefs that Jon had not noticed. It was hard to get a photo in the evening light.
I was pleased and felt all poignant at the scent of the fresh water pond there. I also was cured of some of the longing I get for that garden at times, because I had forgotten how narrow it is compared to the one I have now: 50 feet wide compared to 79 feet wide makes a big difference.
We settled in by a view window at Salt Pub to celebrate having gotten both Long Beach and Ilwaco gardens ready for the parade weekend.
Tomorrow, we must cover the parade and the Saturday Market for the Discover Ilwaco Facebook page, and then we can be off work (and volunteer work) till Tuesday morning.
1998 (age 74):
April 29: I slept late again. It was hot by the time I got out. I finished washing many many pots. I had to pull the drain pipe completely off. The pipe from the sink was plugged with vermiculite. [I am sure she meant the big sink in the large “shop” building.]
I weeded in patio bed and cut back the tulips that were done flowering. Also got the 30 lilies planted in PBB [Patio Bulb Bed], NDFB [North Driveway Flower Bed] and PRFB-W [This one still mystifies me..Patio Right Flower Bed West?]. Next is the dahlias.