Wednesday, 7 September 2016
What joy to have had more rain, enough rain to wet all the city planters thoroughly. I’d heard it falling into the rain barrel outside my window at 2 AM. This gave us time to accomplish two pruning jobs before going to Long Beach.
We took time to weed (as the rain had brought an influx of small weeds) and to trim back the blackberry that comes from the neighbouring yard.
There are ripe blackberries on the part that Allan left, which perhaps the J’s will want to eat. In a week or so, we’ll do more pruning here. It is a challenge because of how the canes come over the top of the hedge but the roots are on the other side of the fence.
I wish our house was more hidden. Grow, little special trees, grow! I also wish the garage door was dark green or even pale lavender. Allan correctly points out that the pale yellow paint (original to the house, which was light brown with yellow trim) lets light shine through into the garage.
Port of Ilwaco
Last night on the way home, a drive by of the port gardens had shown me that we should trim a ceanothus back from the curb by Time Enough Books. Friday evening, the Slow Drag will be roaring (sort of) down this street.
I would yank them were I not sure that tattiness would be revealed.
Trimming the ceanothus at the port had reminded me that we must trim back the rugosa roses along the Bolstad beach approach as it will get heavy traffic of people’s shiny and precious hot rods this weekend.
The roses get taller and thicker closer in to town. At the west end, they did not need clipping at all.
No one took a final “after ” photo here. All the roses were clipped back behind the curb.
Almost every passerby asked what rose hips were. One man said he was from Slovakia, where as a school project, he had collected rose hips for tea. He was not sure that these were rose hips because they were much larger than the ones the students had collected.
In Home Fires (previously published as Jam Busters), I had read that due to the shortage of limes and lemons in WWII England, schoolchildren were given rose hip syrup to get their vitamin C.
We picked up our cheque and did a bit of grooming of the garden at city hall.
While Allan dumped our debris and then did the two northernmost planters, I walked around deadheading and weeding the other four blocks of planters. I carried the hose and brass fitting just in case a planter needed water. The rain had them well soaked and I eventually regretted having lugged the heavy hose gear. The planters will now have to wait till Monday for watering, as the weekend will be too crowded. I think (hope!) they will be fine.
Port of Ilwaco again
We checked on the two planters at Ilwaco city hall. While they were damp, we decided that they won’t wait till Monday. Because of being so much smaller than the Long Beach planters, they dry out faster. My idea of a four day Thursday-Sunday (albeit very busy) weekend went out the window. We will be watering Ilwaco planters on Friday.
It was just as well we did not groom the Ilwaco planters this evening. It took us long enough to go all along the port weeding and making nice for the Slow Drag. The trick is to leave as many plants up as possible to protect the gardens from the event audience.
The weather in the evening was perfection: warm, not too warm, with no wind at all.
Tomorrow: a trip “overseas” to Astoria, for a knee doctor appointment (no fun) and then a nice lunch and some necessary shopping.
1995 (age 71, two months after her husband died):
September 7: I’ve been doing little jobs and I forget to write them down. I went to bed at 8:00 because being alone is depressing.
1997 (age 73):
Sept 7: I changed seedlings in shop around by putting the ones that have germinated in the center where they will get the best light. I need another shop light over table.
1998 (age 74):
Sept 7: I had my first tomato tonight! [I think that they took this long to ripen because she grew her tomatoes from seed and most were large fruited varieties.] I didn’t wake up until 11:00 AM after I went to bed at 1:00! I watered my house plants and threw out 3 or 4. At about 4:00 I started “hand watering’ my containers—that takes over an hour. I didn’t accomplish much else. I’m still looking for stuff and watering around trying to put stuff away.