Thursday, 22 September 2016
On the way out of town, we checked a couple of the Ilwaco planters to make sure they were not too dry. They were fine.
The Depot Restaurant
We decided to take a big chance on the rain storm predicted (35 mph wind and half an inch of rain) for Friday and not water the Long Beach planters. We would be mighty sorry if the storm did not materialize.
The only way to not block the lights that are supposed to illuminate the sign at night would be to have extremely low plants. It is a dilemma.
With Basket Case’s Nancy Aust retiring, she will be a hard act to follow. She plans to return and help the new owners with the baskets next spring. Every time we work in Long Beach, folks ask how the baskets are so great. I answer that Nancy makes them in very large containers with a soilless mix and time release fertilizer and the city waters them every day and fertilizes them frequently with liquid fertilizer (Miracle gro).
In the little pop out up the street from city hall, a late planted wildflower mix from seed was successful.
We did some weeding and some sightline clipping of a sad mugo pine.
We groomed all the planters.. One I had not attended to for awhile had way too much reseeded columbines:
I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop) to get a new set of photos for its Facebook page.
We finished by weeding Fifth Street Park.
As we arrived at home, with a couple of hours to go before dinnertime, our new neighbours Thandi and Mike of the beloved Sou’wester Lodge came walking by, with an even newer neighbour, their new baby, Celestine. (The three of them just moved into one of my favourite old Ilwaco houses two block west.) Allan got some photos:
We had a tour all around the garden, although Celestine, at two weeks, is too young to truly appreciate the fairy doors in the bogsy woods.
The Cove Restaurant
Time again for the highlight of our week, our North Beach Garden Gang dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening), joined this week by Todd (Willapa Gardening).
As always, we were the last diners to leave the restaurant. Now for four days off, a luxury that we may have to give up next year but for now…we like it.
1997 (age 73):
Sept 22: Drs appt at 10:00. My glucose test was 115—which is normal! He said to quit taking Tolazimide and get another glucose test in 10 days. Bill Jr started garage roof. He took off old shingles. I weeded in the “ditch”. I thought it was kind of hot. Later I found out it was 80 degrees. No wonder I was soaked.
1998 (age 74):
Sept 22: I planted the new Spring Hill Poppies mostly in the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] and the special red one in tam area [former juniper tam bed, now flowers, by the roadside]. Also planted the armerias I grew from seeds. I picked some apples and peeled and made apple sauce until 7:00.