Wednesday, 1 June 2016
As our jobs get fewer, by our choice except for one, it has become possible to do a check up on almost all the small jobs in one day. (By small, I mean that all of Ilwaco and all of Long Beach are the big jobs.)
The Depot Restaurant
Because the Depot dining deck is open for the summer, I am pleased that the ornamental grasses are beginning to give it enclosure.
I remembered to prune the escallonia so that the railway history sign shows. The restaurant is in a former train depot for the Clamshell Railroad.
The escallonia does serve a purpose: protecting the corner of the building from bad drivers.
I got to pet two dogs, my friend Ella (Betty’s dog) and a cute little passerby dog named Jack.
The Red Barn Arena
Next door at Diane and Larry’s, we did a lot of watering including the streetside garden.
The Basket Case
We had an errand next: to deliver the invoice from Basket Case to Long Beach. Of course, it cost me money because I could not resist buying some scented geraniums.
The Anchorage Cottages
Allan accomplished some viburnum pruning, clipping carefully around an empty birdnest in case it might still be precious.
The little white dog was visiting while its people went camping; Beth said the dog did not like camping without a couch.
Klipsan Beach Cottages
Next, the long drive north to Klipsan, past the garden we recently lost. It can’t be seen from the road and is bothering me much less now that its loss is leading to being able to do ALL the “small” jobs in one day!
I am thrilled that the KBC crew are doing weeding around the edges so that we have less to do here. I was, however, slightly crabby that the rocks, which used to be flat and walkable, are now all up and pointy.
We spent some time weeding and trimming on this garden that we now share every other week with Melissa and Dave.
Recently, Marilyn’s daughter has posted on Facebook some charming photos of our dear friend Scooter (and friend) in the garden.
back to Ilwaco
We left Marilyn’s at six and I had every intention that we would weed out on the beach approach till eight. A welcome rain put the end to the plan and we just drove home.
Something interesting is going on in a long vacant historic building at the Ilwaco stoplight intersection.
By morning, all the rain barrels had filled again and we had a slight reprieve on our watering rounds, which called for a day off to go shopping and visit Pam’s Seaside gardens.
Ginger’s Garden Diaries
from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago
1998 (age 74):
June 1: Noon to 5:00 Gray and comfortably cool to work I spread two black tarps on the garden area. I pulled some weeds from that area that look like cabbage but where did they come from? I move around the tomato plants removing the dead ones and added more soil to each one. Then I actually planted the old dahlias. Now if I can remember to mark them (if they bloom). I then weeded the area around the apple tree (which is loaded with apples). There were two snakes in that area.