Monday, 22 August 2016
I’m resistant to spending more money on plants for our volunteer Ilwaco post office garden right now. And it is not a good time to transplant free ones. Still, the empty spaces bother me.
Because Thursday will be truncated, for me, by a dentist appointment, we watered the main street trees and planters today in Long Beach. (“Tree day” would have been Thursday.) I find the trees almost impossible to do because I have a difficult time getting the hose faucet bayonet hooked up in the hole in the ground.
The town was suddenly full of bicyclists, who had arrived via a sternwheeler tour along the Columbia River. They converged on the local cafés, including the Cottage Bakery, Castaways, and Captain Bob’s Chowder.
They all seemed pleasant and happy except for one not very gentlemanly fellow (not shown) who scowled and fumed and slammed his bike around angrily when I had to ask him to “please and sorry, sir” move it so that I could hook my hose up to the planter he had leaned it on. I hope his day improved. Allan noticed that one couple was from Minneapolis, and another woman told me she was from Virginia.
I am sorry to tell you that Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ is now Hylotelephium telephium ‘Autumn Joy’. Not sure when I’ll start calling it that here. Seems the name change happened several years ago, and I am slow to catch on. Allan and I met up after watering in Fifth Street Park and had time for some weeding. Leaving Long Beach, I admired the south “berm” in the big parking lots just east of town. It gets absolutely no supplemental water.
While Allan watered the planters and street trees with the water trailer, I hose watered the boatyard garden.
Meanwhile, Allan was watering downtown and took these photos.
Tomorrow will be our easy day, all Port of Ilwaco gardens.
1995 (age 71):
August 22: Weeded in onion rows—mostly purslane and pulled hundreds (?) of dandelions from behind garage and in path by wood box.
1997 (age 73):
August 22: Finished “pruning” Strawberry Rows 1 and 2. I want to find out if it is ok to take the new runner “daughter’ plants and put them in trays in greenhouse under lights for a month or so. I’ll stop in at Gordons [Nursery] and ask them.
1998 (age 74):
August 22: 11:30-4:30 I cut out the old raspberry canes. I chopped them up putting the leaves in the compost and the cut canes in a box to burn. Then I weeded in the strawberry rows among the 3 or 4 rows that are solid with new runner plants. I wanted to move plants into the rows but I know I should wait for cooler weather. I also covered the stuff in compost box with soil from the old box.
I checked last year’s journal and found I had the first tomato on August 14. I have lots of small ping pong size green tomatoes but no sign of any starting to ripen.