Tuesday, 25 October 2016
I slept in a bit because of the sound of lashing rain and vigorous wind. By the time I was seated for breakfast, I saw sunshine and decided we should brave the wind. I was partially influenced by getting a text from Sea Star Gardening‘s Melissa, informing me that she and Dave were two doors down hedge trimming at Mary and Jeff’s place and that they had brought me some plants acquired on a recent trip to Blooming Nursery.
Another bulb order arrived before we left, including 500 crocus. What was I thinking? Perhaps my idea when ordering had been to plant more crocus down the center bed in the back garden. If I pull all the dead outer foliage off of the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ river, I could plant them for early spring flowering.
Below is my biggest gardening disappointment of the year. I spent $70 or so on yet another attempt at growing Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate…for the third or fourth failed time. We had one very hot 99 degree day in late summer. The next time I watered, every leaf fell off at the same exact moment and the albizia did not leaf out again, nor do I think it will.
I loaded a few boxes of bulbs into the van in hopes of getting through several small jobs today.
Mike got some viridiflora and ‘White Parrot’ tulips, some Allium sphaerocephalon and Allium nigrum, some crocuses (with which I am suddenly over-run) and some Iris reticulata and white narcissi.
Ilwaco Post Office
I contributed a selection of this year’s bulbs to add to our volunteer garden at the post office. I didn’t put in any new tulips this year except for the exciting ‘Green Jay’, a new to me fringed green one from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs.
World Kite Museum
The tiny pocket garden got some crocuses and some narcissi. Browsing deer discourage the planting of tulips here. We had a pleasant chat with gift shop manager Patti, and Allan bought a twirly thing for his garden. I thought he took a photo of the demo twirly thing that inspired his purchase. No. It twirled really well and is made by a fellow who is well known for wind sculptures.
I should have planted some alliums in this garden and did not think of it. That is unfortunate as they would look so good towering above the other plants. Maybe I will add some elephant garlic later on!
The Anchorage Cottages
Allan installed the newly planted bulb window boxes after removing the summer annuals window boxes.
A lovely, soft furred dog named Kingston was in attendance, companion to the man who is building a new cottage porch near the office.
We could have left the annuals up for awhile longer. Over half of them were looking tatty, and I did not want to have to go check on them after every storm. Maybe I did the switch too soon this year. On the other hand, I think I often have a habit of letting annuals linger too long.
A cottage guest arrived with a truck. Allan greatly admired the step and pole that enabled one to get up into the pick up bed.
We headed across Pioneer Road toward Diane’s garden and on the way I saw an open sign at…
The Cranberry Museum.
My dear friend Seattle Carol will be visiting soon and I needed to exchange her birthday present t shirt that had been the wrong size. I love this little museum and want to share some of its treasures with you here.
One pot that had held a tatty old lavender got completely redone and planted with ‘White Parrot’ tulips. Pastel tulips, iris reticulata, and crocuses went into many of the other planters.. I am counting on lots of small narcissi to return from a planting we did here last fall.
We had dropped our trailer at The Red Barn, next door, to make it easier to fit into Diane and Larry’s driveway.
We planted two sets of yellow tulips in the garden boat at Time Enough Books, ‘Formosa’, a late bloomer that is one of my favourites, and the elegant ‘Akebono’.
I miss going to Salt Pub, but lately I just do not have any energy at the end of the day. I hope we can go try out their new menu after Bulb Time.
We put five little crocuses, one of each colour, under each of the Ilwaco street trees and tidied up some of the planters a bit. The wind gusts that had been up to 30 mph had died down and we had a much pleasanter time planting. In fact, I don’t think I would have tackled this otherwise because First Avenue is a wind corridor on a bad day.
At home, Frosty and I examined Allan’s handiwork on the temporary structure for the Corridor of Spooky Plants which must be installed before Halloween.
I have started collecting plant material. With more wind forecast for the next two days, I daren’t install it yet. And also, I need access to the garden to finish planting my bulbs.
The work board tonight shows that Bulb Time has never gone so quickly.
One reason for the speed is getting the bulbs before Daylight Saving Time begins, enabling us to work longer hours before dark (since we never get started early).
We need good weather without big wind to plant at the port and the Bolstad beach approach gardens. Maybe that means that tomorrow will finally be my day to do the bulb spreadsheets.
1995 (age 71):
Oct 25: 11:30-5:30! Finished strawberry rows. Mulched them with straw. Planted my 15 mums in the corn patch.