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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
We had rain overnight. I had heard it bucketing down at about 4 AM. The rain barrels had all filled up, even the slowest one.
We would have been able to skip watering at the port yesterday, had we only known the rain would arrive and would be this heavy. Perhaps that was the last day of port garden watering for 2016.
The Depot Restaurant
All we had to do at the Depot garden was deadheading and light weeding, no watering. I thought that would put us ahead of schedule on the day’s tasks.
The Red Barn
Here we weeded for longer than usual and so lost our head start from not watering at The Depot.
Next door to the Red Barn, we weeded and deadheaded at Diane and Larry’s.
The Planter Box
I needed just three more tall poles of timber bamboo. Teresa threw in a cracked one for free and now she has but one skinny pole left on the bamboo rack.
After a stop at Jack’s Country Store for more spray paint (I’m not keeping track of how much this painted bamboo pole obsession is costing), we drove on to Marilyn’s garden in Surfside.
Oh, the poignancy of seeing the for sale sign had gone up.
Here is the link for a gardener to buy this property. A nice neighbour from a block away stopped by to look and said she would have bought this place instead of hers had it been for sale at the right time. As a former Californian, she was impressed with the low price for such a piece of garden paradise. This garden is the one featured on our “deer friendly garden” page.
Update: We think the house has already sold! Still, it wouldn’t hurt to make a back up offer.
These two photos from the real estate slide show capture how the windows frame the garden views.
Klipsan Beach Cottages
The Anchorage Cottages
We groomed another garden for sale, this one having been a job of mine for over 20 years. I am so hoping a garden lover (and lover of vintage well kept houses) buys it. There has been a reduction in the price. Remember, it includes a huge extra 95×150 lot.
From the real estate site, here is the extra lot to the west (about twice as big as this photo indicates):
[Updated on 9-4-16 to say that Jo’s garden (and house) is in”sale pending mode”. We will continue to keep it up, and Marilyn’s as well, till the sales close.]
My every intention after the session at Jo’s was to go home. Then, as we were driving south through Long Beach, I checked the weather.
Uh oh! With tomorrow already being cut into by my dentist appointment, I realized we had better dig deep and find the energy to do one more garden check up.
Because Veterans Field is thronged with folks on Fridays for the Columbia Pacific Farmers Market, it needs to be groomed toward the end of every week.
At home, I had to do the monthly billing before I could call work done.
Tomorrow’s day will be easier than planned because the heavy rain has saved us from planter watering. Our next post will be the entirety of my mother’s garden diaries for August, illustrated and with the non-gardening entries included.
1995 (age 71):
August 31: 1:00 to 6:00 Picked berries. Pulled onions and put them in the “corn patch” to cure. Repotted the “dead” mums and some show some life. Watered various pots on patio, etc. Watered baskets on porch and fell off the stool and landed hard on porch. Glasses flew off.
1998 (age 74):
August 31: HOT too hot to do anything except do the laundry and take a nap. 90 degrees