guest photo…or is it? Greg Rogers, owner of The Oysterville Store, shared this photo of THE Oysterville garden on Facebook. When I asked if I could use it here, he replied that he thought that I had taken it! Because he thinks it is recent, it could not have been mine because I have not been up there since aster time.
Friday, 21 October 2016
If I had been able to focus my mind instead of checking the news every twenty minutes or so, I might have gotten all the bulbs sorted today. As it was, I struggled to concentrate and still had an assortment of alliums and some narcissi left to sort by 8 PM. After eight hours of thinking and bagging and listing, I could do no more.
The weather cooperated with frequent rain squalls so that I did not feel I was missing a gardening day.
Meanwhile, Allan continued to paint, despite the weather. The oil paint stayed on through the rain.
Allan also got the Halloween lights installed.
Saturday, 22 October 2016
The weather forecast was wrong again. I woke to sunshine and realized that I DID have the Klipsan Beach Cottages bulbs sorted and ready to go. The rest of the bulb sorting would have to wait till evening. We could not miss a planting day like this.
We also had the bulbs sorted for
The Depot Restaurant
so we began with some fall clean up and planting there.
Allan had trimmed the would-be-eight-feet-tall escallonia that is front of the railway sign.
Klipsan Beach Cottages
Mary and Denny were surprised to see us on a Saturday.
We got right down to the bulb planting, me in the fenced garden and Allan planting several hundred narcissi next door in the A Frame woods. We refresh the woodland planting with many more new narcissi each year. The shaded conditions are not ideal. I’d be curious to see how many narcissi came back if we ever skipped an autumn planting.
We are going to get even more narcissi planted in there this year if I follow through on making an “end of season sale” order from Van Engelen.
We finished up by planting a few more clumps of narcissi by the vacation cottages on the ridge.
I took the usual views of the garden before we went home. We will be back after bulb time for the final autumn clean up.
In the big grey pot by the white pipe, Allan had transplanted today a large Callistemon from a smaller pot that kept tipping over. I hope it survives.
At home, I finished sorting all the bulbs by 9 PM….at least until Tuesday, when one more small box will arrive. If I have a rainy day on Sunday I will be able to type out all the bulb spread sheets, and if it does not rain we will go on planting.
1995 (age 71):
Oct 21: Strawberries again. I combined Row 1 and Row 2—Everbearing Strawberries. Took all baskets down—put them on porch. Also put the canna pots down near table. Soon I must empty the pots and put bulbs to bed for the winter. Next year I must start the begonia bulbs earlier to get them to bloom sooner.
1997 (age 73):
Oct 21: 1:00-3:00 Well, nothing froze but taking no chances I took in the upright begonias. I was able to separate them; most of them were still in bloom. I hosed out the various empty pots etc. I took in the Pineapple Lily. Then I planted more bulbs in patio. I took the Spring Hill plants to the greenhouse. Also checked the Park Seed perennials and put them in greenhouse. I’ll try to get those planted tomorrow.
Oct 22: 11:00-5:00! All in Patio and Shop. I planted bulbs, mostly Alliums, in patio, also asters. Gallardia, Hollyhocks etc all in patio. I did some in the rain. I went into the shop and went through all the trays weeding, pruning, and throwing out some wilted plants. I have seeds of Gallardia and Hollyhock and Malva. It was a good day’s work done. I wore a jacket and kept quite warm.
1998 (age 74):
Oct 21 11:30-4:45 I planted some of the perennials (from seed) in the bulb bed and in front. Then I took my stool into the tam area [formerly juniper tams, now flowers] and deadheaded a lot of plants and did some weeding. I’m dumping the soil from the various containers along the front of the tam area. But it was too late to start the bulbs. When I planted the new hydrangeas I marked them to dig up when I move.
Oct 22: Noon to 6:00 I planted the rest of the perennials from seed in bulkhead. I started on the bulbs. I planted Triumph red and yellow 16-18″ tulips all across the Tam area and the pastel tulips. Also my foxtail lilies and Poker Plants arrived from Spring Hill and I planted them in the UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed] the same day! Then I peeled apples from 5:00-8:00.