Thursday, 16 June 2016
My announcement to Allan in the morning: If we get most of the port gardens weeded, and the boatyard weeded PRETTY well, and the Depot garden checked on, and the Long Beach planters groomed AND the Bolstad beach approach garden weeded, we can have Friday off. So we began a big effort.
At the post office, the flag still flew at half mast for the massacre at Pulse Orlando dance club.I had recently read an excellent memoir about fighting cancer. (Spoiler at the beginning of the book: “I lived.”) The author also wrote another memoir that I liked called Gimme Shelter.
These words about losing a friend resonated with me at the time I read it, and now even more so:
Port of Ilwaco
While I was weeding near the port office, a woman stopped and said that she is a florist and had never seen Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ growing. It came to her as a cut flower. She added that the public gardens and planters all around town and at the port were for her the soul of the town and it would not be the same without them. I was well chuffed. With Howerton done well enough, we moved on to the boatyard garden and spent about an hour pulling more weeds.
As we weeded at the boatyard, a woman stopped her car and asked me “Are you the Basket Case Greenhouse”? I said “No, but they are friends of ours” and told her where it is (on Sandridge Road). She showed me a paper print-out of flower tags. I knew she had gotten it from the port office staff. Her quest was Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ and I was able to tell her the the Basket Case does still have them in stock.
A friend stopped to chat with us and we learned that said friend will be having heart surgery on June 24th. We want friend and friend’s spouse to know we will be thinking of them with much love on that day. (Correction: it will be June 30th.)
I had a library book to pick up, and while I did, Allan did a bit of weeding at the Ilwaco Community Building.
Locals Ann and Butch came by on their daily walk and Ann, who had done much fundraising for the installation of the community gardens, expressed pleasure on how well they look these days.
Due to lovely rain, all we had to do at the Depot garden was a bit of deadheading.
In Long Beach, I had Allan leave me at the southernmost planters. I worked my way through town grooming all the planters, which, thanks to glorious rain, did not need watering. He went to weed the Bolstad beach approach garden.
The weather was perfect, I didn’t have to water, and the work day was simply excellent.
Allan had made great progress on the beach approach. I pitched in and we got it done.
The day that I wrote this post, Lisa’s daughter was getting married with Susie and Bill from the Boreas Inn officiating. The next week, we saw flowers left on the memorial planter, and I am sure they were from the wedding.
Two young men walking by asked us if the city could plant fruit trees rather than ornamental trees, partly so homeless people could walk along and “eat an orange”. I said I am all for that but it is not up to me and suggested they talk to city hall or the parks department, and we had a pleasant talk about how Seattle and some place in California are planting food forests. Interestingly, this article about Seattle’s Beacon Food Forest shows an orange tree (from shutterstock, not in the actual forest). It must be a dream, to be able to eat oranges from the tree. We could have apples or cherries or plums.
We had time to check the gardens at Vet Field and Lewis and Clark Square. I remembered to bucket water the stage planters that are under the wide eaves and don’t get rain. (Usually, rain water is not enough to get any of the planters wet enough. We’ve had a LOT of rain.)
We even had time to weed the planters on the Sid Snyder beach approach, where we found more finger blight. I found it annoying, of course.
I had seen two cops on patrol earlier in the day and asked them to watch out for thievery in the beach approach planters. I was promised, “If we catch them, we’ll give them a good talking to”. I was in too good a mood today to say “Throw the book at ’em!”
We met Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) for dinner at..
The Cove Restaurant
…where we admired Sondra’s entry garden.
And we accomplished our goals so we have tomorrow off! I am so glad, because plans for Saturday afternoon in Astoria are going to interfere with my gardening weekend.
Ginger’s Garden Diaries
from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago
1997 (age 73):
June 16: Several peonies are blooming for the first time. Don came and brought $30 from sale of linens and plane and asked for $25 for clock (3) repair. He moved TV in garage so I can get cart in thru small door. After he left I pulled weeds from patio (those tall ones with tiny yellow flowers). Weeded PRFB pulling mostly the little green plant. Now I need to plant some seeds in there to fill up blank spaces.
1998 (age 74):
June 16: I went through the trays to move out to the shop the ones that have germinated, then I went out and decided I had better start planting the perennials from the picnic table. I planted a lot in the UDFB [upper driveway flower bed] and patio but there seems to be no end to them. Maybe if I work on it tomorrow I can finish. I’ll be so glad to get them in. Then comes the fun of putting the annuals into my various bowls. I had a headache all afternoon but two Excedrin and a shower and I feel better.