5 July: crowded town
July 17, 2016 by Tangly Cottage
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
apples at home (Allan’s photo) and one scabby pear
A few blocks east is the mayor’s garden, which we tidy up every couple of weeks. Today:
from across the street
from the corner
Mike’s Escallonia iveyi
I am pretty sure that this escallonia is grown from a cutting of the Escallonia iveyi at the Anchorage Cottages (originally from Heronswood Nursery, because the Anchorage was owned at one time by Dan Hinkley’s husband’s sister). In 2003, Carol Jones of The Elves Did It Gardening worked with me there and took some cuttings. Later, she designed and installed Mayor Mike’s beautiful garden. The ironic thing is that my own garden lacks this stunning pure white escallonia. I tried cuttings last year; maybe some are out there and not big enough to bloom yet.
the fruit of the native wild cucumber vine in Mike’s shaded back garden.
We watered and groomed all the main street planters and the street tree pocket gardens.
by Lewis and Clark Square. The man with a red shirt (left) is reading his way along plaques that describe Lewis and Clark’s journey.
Big planter in L&C Square. That is Cotoneaster ‘Coral Beauty’ on the edge, planted 16 years ago or more. It got sort of made fun of in the lecture about new and improved cotoneasters at Hardy Plant weekend. I still rather like this one although I do regret planting something so big…I just wanted to keep people from sitting on the planter.
Public gardening: I had my bucket on this bench, and a jacket someone had left, and was just hooking up the hose when a woman came and shoved the bucket and jacket aside and plopped down and lit up a cigarette. I did, softly and kindly (really!), get her to move to the planter nearby that I had already watered. (!!!) It was not her jacket.
One of my painted sage (late to bloom this year) was pulled totally out of the soil. It had happened so recently that it had not wilted at all and I think I saved it. Note to self: Geranium ‘Rozanne’ here next year.
Town was still busy.
On the busiest weekends, the stoplights are turned off to avoid traffic jams, so pedestrians cross every which way.
three silvers: lambs ears, and the new little round silver plant whose name I have forgotten, and santolina
I encountered a young man with a guitar lounging supine on the bench and using a clump of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ as a pillow while smoking a cigarette. I asked him to get up. He did not. I told him to move. He did not. I threatened to water him. No motion. I said I might call the police as he was smoking illegally close to a shop doorway. Finally he moved. By then it was funny and we both laughed. I told him that public gardening can be rewarding but sometimes works my last nerve. He said “Sorry in advance for my language, but I am sorry for being such a dick.”
sedums used as pillow; plaque goes back to long gone planter volunteer days
Later the same guy told Allan “You’re using a LOT of water!” while Allan was watering the tree. Allan felt it was in a reproving tone.
Eryngium in street tree garden (Allan’s photo)
Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’ in Fifth Street Park
Bees love it.
Busy town: Fifth Street Park (Allan’s photo)
Full sidewalks make navigating tricky with hose and bucket. (Allan’s photo)
When open, these lilies colour coordinate with the Benson’s sign.
deadheading and watering…under the very big hanging basket
lavender that looks good on just one side. (The back is bare and woody). Allan’s photo
Eryngium variifolium under a street tree. I love them all. (Allan’s photo)
two dogs. (Allan’s photo)
Hardy fuchsia and Agastache ‘Acapulco Salmon and Pink’ in my favourite planter by Dennis Co. (Allan’s photo)
This pleases my fannish heart (and shows how crowded the sidewalks were). (Allan’s photo)
Fish Alley (Allan’s photo)
Later, Fifth Street Park was quieter. (Allan’s photo)
We worked on the center berm. Eventually we will be able to cross it off the work list! It is the only project on the list right now.
Cries of WHEEEE from the little fish rides nearby.
A local businessman who owns several well run local businesses has bought the rides and they will soon be refurbished, we hear.
Center berm is SO boring and may end up just getting string trimmer treatment.
Allan’s photos: before (most of this was the rather pretty annual Briza media (quaking grass) that has now gone dry.
after: quick strimmer solution for hardpacked miserable area
I should give up and plant more rugosas in the bare areas. Giving up because i did not want a monoculture of roses. This is one place I will leave salal.
Stipa gigantea on a prettier berm (Allan’s photo)
I had every intention of weeding at the Ilwaco boatyard garden while Allan watered the Ilwaco planters. And then I simply could not. I felt guilty till I realized that Allan would be done working quicker if he did not have to drop off the debris trailer at the boatyard, then pick up the water trailer, then take the water trailer home and come retrieve the debris trailer. So I went home and worked on the garden tour blog posts and Allan took all the rest of these photos:
taken while filling the water tank at the boatyard
sweet peas on boatyard fence
another break in the hose
calendula flowers and seeds
This nasturtium grows outside of our dear friend Jenna’s Queen La De Da studio so gets extra water from her.