Tuesday, 11 October 2016
We heard a big storm would arrive at the end of the week, so we embarked on some jobs of light deadheading and grooming, hoping to have time for one fall project. I had actually started a work board, with a list of bulb planting and a project list. The bulbs are not here yet and the project list is so far just one thing:
We finally got round to clipping the boxwoods at Mayor Mike’s garden. I started the project and had to turn it over to Allan when my back went into a big SPROING.
The Red Barn
Diane’s gardenI should add the moving of the long narrow portion of this garden to the list of fall projects. We had been going to delegate it to Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) but now I think we will have the time and energy to do it. The plants must be dug and stored in a pile of mulch till the septic system is redone and then the garden remade next spring.
The Anchorage Cottages
We did get done with the Anchorage in time to embark on a project. We decided to re-do the planter in front of Stormin’ Norman’s kite and gift shop…IF we could find a parking place next to it, and we did, sort of. (Allan had to unhook the trailer and wheel it to the crosswalk end of Fish Alley.) I was happy to have a job in the shade because the sun was actually hot.
I had dreaded this project because I thought all the soil would have be dug out and replaced. We don’t have a pile of new soil at City Works yet and I feared we’d not be able to scrape enough out of the dregs of the old pile. I also predicted it would be ever so hard to do, and it was. My motivation was that I felt that Stormin’ Norman deserved a much more interesting planter.I planted the wire vine a few years back, thinking it a house plant that would make a delicate little trailing accent and would not survive the winter! It swamped the planter and almost everything in it. I was surprised at how much soil was salvageable. We did not have to top the planter up with more. This disadvantage of not removing all the soil is that I fear the vine will resprout from tiny bits of root. We will keep a close eye on this planter to remove any that reappears.
On the way south: Something bad had happened to a lamp post downtown.Oh, how I laughed when I saw this reader board at the bank. They seem to have run out of “r”s for “Cranberrian Fair”.
We even had time to check on the kite museum. I was glad we did; the cosmos looked pretty awful.
at home…a clematis in bloom:
I finally finished reading Nella Last’s Peace and loved it so much. I will share some of it on a rainy day post later this fall.
Real time update Saturday 15 October:
Here is the storm moving past us offshore. And staying out there, giving us only 60 mph wind gusts at the port, a normal seaside storm. No more tornado warnings today. That was the worst weather anxiety I’ve ever had here.
1997 (age 73):
Oct 11: I only worked about 3 hours. I was going to plant bulbs in the patio but ended up rolling up the flat hoses, raking up the cut up branches that I chopped a few days ago, picked up the weeds etc that I pulled yesterday in front and brought in wood from the wood box. I feel I accomplished a lot even tho no bulbs got planted.