Monday, 11 July 2016
Today would be our last workday in Jo’s garden. I picked a bouquet to take to her (and added two Allium albopilosum after Allan took this photo).
Jo and Bob have sold their house to a beloved niece who has always dreamed of having a cottage like her aunt Jo’s. Now she has that very cottage.
I started working for Jo’s mother, Maxine, in 1993. In ’94, I helped with re-make of Jo’s garden from rhododenrons and bark to a cottage garden. The garden became my most longterm continuous job and a place of beauty that has been on the local garden tour twice. When I started working for Jo, she was one year younger than the age I am now and had realized she could not entirely keep up the garden by herself. Thus I feel that at my age it is a good thing to let one more garden go, and I have recommended that Sea Star Gardening (Dave and Melissa) become the gardeners there if new jobbing gardeners are desired. (If they do, I will revisit the garden occasionally.)
When we had finished the “spiffying up” of the garden today, I took a last set of photos of Jo’s own garden which will pass to its new owner later today.
I was in control of my emotions and only felt small pangs. However, the next day, writing this and looking at the photos I am all verklempt.
We did some weeding on the Bolstadt Beach Approach and then addressed the horrible center parking lot berm east of town.
Allan had hacked out this difficult area:
Across the parking lot: The owners of Stormin’ Norman’s Kite Shop, Castaways Grille and more have bought the fun rides and are fixing them up.
The cutest fun ride I have ever seen has appeared in the parking lot.
When we went to dump our debris at city works, a dump truck came in twice from a big remodel project at a nearby playing field. I was impressed at the driver’s skill in what looked like a huge Tonka truck.
We took a bucket of mulch back out to the beach approach to fix a planter that had been severely hit by finger blight.
We weeded for an hour at the community building.
We needed to get a Depot gift certificate for Jacob and Maddy, which I had promised for their moving of the heavy fence pieces from the museum to our place. (They would have done it for free, but I believe in paying.) This was a good excuse for Allan and I to have a comforting dinner at…
The Depot Restaurant
I had a look at the dining deck. The grasses will give even more enclosure next year.
The comfort food was comforting indeed.
Tomorrow, we will take the day off because it is the planned day for fence panel delivery and I have plans to do more weeding at home.
Ginger’s Garden Diaries
from my mother’s diaries of two decades ago
1995 (age 72):
July 11: Cut off the leaves from tulip tree branches. Got a box full of “twigs” for stove. There are a few branches that need to be chopped up. I had to go to Jayhawks for cat litter. I got out of the driveway ok on first try.
1997 (age 73):
July 11: Picked berries.
1998 (age 74):
July 11: 11:00 – 4:30 WITH TABBY Tabby didn’t want to come out but seemed to like being out. She was laying down in the strawberries and then in the tomatoes. I had to move her when she got into the area where there is old slug bait. Later on she got spooked by something so I brought her in. She ran under the bed with the chain following. I finished planting some tomatoes that didn’t get planted last week.