Thursday, 4 August 2016
In the morning, like a grown up, I made an appointment for early Sept. to talk with the knee surgeon about surgery in November.
To be kind to Nora’s grand daughter, who now has the house next door, we pruned a tree that was shading and touching the shake roof of the garage and house. That means Allan did the pruning and I did a lot of pointing.Alicia has been concerned that tree branches will damage the wooden roofs by shading them, and the gutters are hard to clean when filled with leaves. Now, me…I would have let the tree win, but we wanted to make Alicia happy as she has a lot of responsibilities now and we know her dear grandma would like us to help her.
Port of Ilwaco
In the afternoon, buffeted by a COLD 25 mph wind, we watered the Howerton Avenue gardens. We were done by four, making it an easy day (except for the annoying wind).The cold wind inspired us to quit for the day rather than doing some Long Beach gardening. We had a couple of hours to relax at home; I finished the book I’ve been slowly reading. What a luxury to spend two daylight hours with a book.
The Cove Restaurant
At 7 PM, we attended our weekly meeting of the North Beach Garden Gang, this time with Todd (Willapa Gardening) in attendance as well as us and Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening).We lingered till past closing, as always. Darling Lynn brought us some strawberry and whipped cream tiny delectable desserts.
Friday, 5 August 2016
Long BeachLast night at dinner, Dave and Melissa had given us a five gallon fig tree to plant for Behnoosh in the park next to Kabob Cottage. Out would come some montbretia and a Leycesteria that we had cut back severely because it was always bothered by caterpillars in late spring. After our fig tree planting project, we split up and watered the planters. As we watered planters at different areas in town, Todd drove by and informed each of us that we ROCK. I just learned that Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ has a new name. My mind balks at this: Hylotelephium telephium ‘Autumn Joy’. A quick break garnered us treats from the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market. Next, bucket watering of just some of the Bolstad beach approach planters…poor things are so dry. So glad Sid Snyder approach planters have faucets in each where we can hook up short hoses to water.
Allan watered the trees and planters in Ilwaco. I made his job easier by just going home instead of starting another port weeding or watering project.and finally…home, for a three day weekend of gardening (me) and some boating for Allan. Sitting in the van looking at my garden from the outside, I was reminded again of Ryan Gainey, whose untimely death has been weighing on my mind. I thought of his gentle voice at the end of this video, Creating the Romantic Garden:
At the end of the wonderful story of his garden in Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Gainey spoke of how he looked at his own garden from across the street and thought “I wish that were mine” and then he says “I realized it was mine because I chose to make it mine.”
With limited resources, I also choose: not to travel afar, not to live in a finer house or have fancier things, but to have this, a dream garden.
1997 (age 73):
August 4: HOT Picked enough berries for a nice serving with cereal tomorrow morning. I should get more TriStar plants for next year. There are lots of raspberries for fall picking but they aren’t ready yet.
August 5: HOT Watered tomatoes and houseplants. Planted some of the snapdragons UBW. [Upper Bed West] Brought the trays in from shop and there were only about 20 violet leaves still unrotted. After dinner I started making labels for perennials to be planted. I’ll try to spend most of my time tomorrow planting those seeds.
1998 (age 74):
August 4: HOT Water day. I actually got up early enough to water from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. Store day—electric and phone bill—bank and QFC. Lettuce 39 cents each!
August 5: Did a lot of deadheading mostly in front. Since the seat of my garden stool split, I tried using the good kitchen stool (17″ high). I can use it but it is a little high as I have to bend over so far my innards are all scrunched up. I think I’d look dumb if I used it in the front so I probably will use it in the back.