A guest photo from the bayside garden, from after the windstorm last weekend:
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Many bulbs arrived, as expected.
My plan to sort bulbs until dinner time was thwarted by weather so sunny and warm that we simply had to go to work. The Ilwaco boatyard needed tidying after the recent 60 mph wind storm.
I trimmed back a few more of the santolinas and a couple of Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’. The santolinas are in several different stages now:
I know that to some, perhaps many, passersby, the warm brown stems (below) look like they should be cut back also. I love the way they look and prefer to leave them up till spring time. Because they look “wrong” to so many people, I probably will cut them before the end of the autumn.
We trimmed the lavenders on the south side of the port office.
We had time for some removal of tatty nasturtiums and more from a couple of blocks worth of Ilwaco planters.
We got home in time for me to sort out the bulbs that Todd and Dave and Melissa had ordered so that I could deliver them at dinner. While I did that, Allan worked on an outdoor painting project.
I had not even thought of painting those posts black. Brilliant move, Allan, as it sets off the iron fence perfectly.
The Cove Restaurant
Tomorrow, no matter what the weather, some serious bulb sorting must commence.
1995 (age 71):
Oct 20: Spent 3+ hours in strawberry patch. In 2 days I’ve finished only 3 rows of strawberry. When I get all the rows cleaned up, I’ll mulch the rows with mushroom compost and straw.
1997 (age 73):
Oct 20: 12:30-5:00 Last night weather forecast was for night temp in low 30s so I took the baskets down except for two I couldn’t reach. I put them on floor in shop. Then I planted 100+ tulips in the patio bed and tam area [former juniper tam, now flower bed by the road]. I did a lot of deadheading in tam area and cleaned up the driveway. I have to get the upright begonias in tomorrow as forecast for tonight is for frost.
1998 (age 74):
Oct 20: FIRST FROST Another beautiful day! I again went out to start planting my perennials (from seed) when I saw the dahlias in the “Salad Bowl” had been nipped by frost. I dug them and also the ones in the tam area and containers. Then my Dutch Gardens bulbs arrived—1628 of them! I spent from 5:00 to 8:00 checking the order in and separating them by size. Now I’ll need 3 or 4 days like today to plant them.