Saturday, 14 May 2016
As had happened every morning lately, I woke early and immediately thought of the garden at the Job in Jeopardy. This time, I was able to go back to sleep (after an hour of worry and fuming) without resorting to any sleep aid. This meant a late start to the day, which was ok because it was a Saturday of garden jobs near home.
We had had rain! I was ecstatic.
Every one of our rain barrels was brimming full again.
Eleagnus ‘Quicksilver’ laid sideways by the rain
clematis to the top of the front arbour (Allan’s photo)
We had to work today, but first, the Saturday Market.
flower bouquet of the week on its way to Salt Hotel…just something I do because I love their pub and restaurant so much. (Allan’s photo)
Ilwaco Saturday Market
by our parking spot
flower delivery (Allan’s photo)
view from the ground floor at Salt
market view from Salt Hotel (Allan’s photo)
Betsy Millard (left), director of Ilwaco’s Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum (Allan’s photo)
in the Wood Turnings shop (open Saturdays next to Time Enough Books) (Allan’s photo)
This new plant vendor will be there every other week. (Allan’s photo)
Darrel and Rozanne, Hudson Gardens (Allan’s photo)
Hudson Gardens fairy gardens
Along with buying the usual Saturday treat, I arranged with Maddie of Pink Poppy to make Melissa’s birthday cake for Monday.
Pink Poppy’s Madeline Moore (Allan’s photo)
Maddie’s spouse, Jacob, makes these. The nigella were grown in a hoop house.
more plants (Allan’s photo)
This year’s Peninsula Quilt Guild raffle quilt.
evidence of delightful rain
A Sea Breeze Charters had just unloaded its fish and its happy customers. (Allan’s photo)
more plants for sale (Allan’s photo)
The canneries are bustling. (Allan’s photo)
asparagus and greens at De Asis Produce (Allan’s photo)
We like the little Port of Ilwaco truck. (Allan’s photo)
a passerby at the Craft 3 Bank garden (We care for the curbside garden only there.)
pulled a few little weeds from this Howerton Ave curbside garden that we call the driveover garden (between two driveways)
Today was not the day to weed the curbside gardens; I was focused on getting cosmos into the boatyard garden and trailing plants into the Ilwaco planters. Despite the rain, each planting hole in the boatyard garden was dry underneath the surface and had to have a dipper of water poured into it.
sweeping up after an hour and a half of planting and weeding at the boatyard
achillea and Geranium ‘Rozanne’
a local and his wee dog, Minnie
I got to say hi to Minnie several times as she and her guy walked back and forth fetching things for their home.
poppies seeded into the lawn at the south end of the garden
I found this giant dandelion in the gravel inside the boatyard gate.
Allium albopilosum (Allan’s photo)
Next, we planted cosmos in our volunteer garden at the Ilwaco Post Office, which took almost as long as planting at the boatyard.
Ilwaco post office garden
post office garden
The grey, faintly misty day kept the California poppies closed (Allan’s photo)
new plants in the post office planter
We watered the Ilwaco planters and added plants to many.
Someone, not me, stuck lilies in this planter. Sweet, but the dying foliage will not be good so they will get moved to under a street tree once they have flowered.
At the last minute, I had pulled some red diascias for the Red Barn Arena garden from the tray of available trailies, so I ran out by the last two planters.
This one still has a hole where someone stole a lemon thyme last week…and I’m out of plants for today.
With all the Ilwaco planting accomplished, we had time to celebrate the end of our six day week.
Salt Hotel Pub
We had removed a few tatty, woody old Erysimums from the planters and Allan suggested we give the flowers to Laila.
another bouquet for Salt
on the second floor: Laila got some new plants.
taking pictures of the view
crab hush puppies (Allan’s photo)
crab mac and cheese and tuna melt (Allan’s photo)
best tuna melts ever
On this grey evening, I hope for more rain.
Our nice clean van was marked with dirt from everywhere I touched it on this planting day.
Feeling extraordinarily tired, I resolved to take Sunday and Monday off even if it resulted in a frantic rush later in the week. My own garden sorely needs attention.
at home: Planting Time on the work board is getting whittled down. I remembered I still need plants for the Veterans Field planters in LB.
1997 (age 73):
May 14: Brought the spring bulbs, dahlias etc from shop to porch, made labels, etc. Should be planted ASAP. Weeded more in lower driveway.
1998 (age 74):
May 14: Errand day—Tims for a birthday card for Robert [her son in law, my spouse at the time], post office, and QFC.