Saturday, 4 June 2016
We made our usual trip to the Ilwaco Saturday Market; I do like to support the vendors by adding some photos to Discover Ilwaco every week in season. I had been planning to walk. We drove because it was already 81 degrees.
On the way, I delivered some flowers to Salt Hotel.
I went in the north door, set the flowers on the table, and out the south door to the market.
We popped into Time Enough Books to deliver a gardening invoice.
We got our weekly treat at Pink Poppy Bakery.
I couldn’t take the heat and turned back before I reached the far end of the market booths.
Due to unbearably hot weather, I spent the afternoon inside catching up on this blog, and following local online news about a frightening dune grass fire in Surfside, started by a campfire (allegedly) right by the dunes. You can read all about it here. I was relieved to hear it was contained, as a friend of ours has a home just a couple of blocks from the scorched dunes. I called her and she was just about to go rescue her cat when the fire got put out by our volunteer firefighting crews.
At five, with the temperature dropping just slightly, I went outside to plant.
I am not used to planting seven gallon plants. Due to budget considerations, I almost always buy gallon sized plants.
I went on to more planting: A Callicarpa ‘Profusion’ (third try, maybe a big one will do better than the little guys I have planted before), a new artemisia, a new to me “cushion bush”, and some new annuals tucked into whatever semi-attractive containers I could rustle up.
Allan nobly went off in the evening to water the boatyard garden.
I had thought it too windy for a campfire (especially after the unfortunate day in Surfside). The wind simply disappeared at dusk so we ended our day with a peaceful and pleasant campfire after all.
Someone was having a bad evening. The life flight helicopter arrived at the nearby hospital and then left during the sunset.
We hope whoever was in that helicopter comes home and enjoys more evenings in whatever way is their most favourite.
Ginger’s Garden Diaries
from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago
1997 (age 73):
June 4: The tomatoes I potted look pretty good today. Picked first strawberries then started weeding the berries and asparagus bed. Went to bed at 9:00 PM.
1998 (age 74):
June 4: It was gray but would have been a good day to plant the new perennials. However, I thought I should get more annual seeds planted for my color bowls. So I planted from about 11:00-7:00. Tomorrow, I’ll take more trays out to the shop. In the evening, I sorted and threw out a lot of magazines and catalogs.