Thursday, 12 May 2016
Woke up at six AM…first thoughts were of the Job in Jeopardy. Only a tiny sip of ZZZquil (perhaps leading to memory loss) let me return to slumber and get more than four hours of sleep. I will be glad when this situation is resolved so I can move on mentally! I should hear an answer by tomorrow (Friday the 13th).
We began the methodical planting of the Long Beach planters with the short cosmos near the centers and enough trailing plants to fill up the edges. Each plant had to be burbled first in a bucket (pot held under water till it stops bubbling) and each planter had to be thoroughly watered, with water in each planting hole, because our weather has been so dry. Each plant gets a dose of Dr Earth granular fertilizer mixed with some Quench (a natural corn starch product that helps the soil stay moist between waterings, giving us perhaps one extra day between each watering).
I only took two photos during work time, of the display at the Wooden Horse gift shop. I loved the dragonfly screen but it was over $100.
The rest of the workday photos are Allan’s.
I was stressed about time, as the job was, as always, taking longer than I had hoped. By three thirty, after much anxious clock watching, we had cleared enough space in the van to take a break and go pick up the next wave of plants.
The Planter Box
We collected more trailing plants for the edges and some more cosmos, short and tall, and some plants we would need tomorrow.
The Basket Case
back to Long Beach
We pushed as hard as we could to get done before our weekly garden club dinner, and failed. Five planters remained unplanted. At 6:45, one intersection had not yet been watered and we were out of time…till I checked my phone and saw a text that Dave and Melissa were also running late. We hurried to water the last four planters on the last intersection of the day and headed to dinner only ten minutes late.
The Cove Restaurant
We all agreed that during this busiest of gardening seasons, we will have to make our reservation for later than 7 PM next time.
The four of us gardeners were so very tired and yet managed to carry on the usual amusing (to us) conversation.
Tomorrow, we must finish planting the leftover Long Beach planters.
1995 (age 71):
May 12: Repotted cuke plants. They are so tall. I’m not sure they will survive transplanting. If they don’t I’ll replant direct in garden. Planted several pots of last year’s marigold seeds into plant trays in greenhouse.
1997 (age 73):
May 12: Moved boxes and boxes of my pots etc from garage to shed to make room for yard sale stuff. Weeded in patio flower bed.
1998 (age 74):
May 12: Still cool and rainy so I started checking my violets. I reduced the width of the plants by removing the outer two rows of leaves.