Friday, 28 October 2016
After falling asleep in the wee hours to the sound of pounding rain, I woke to sunshine and windlessness. What perfect weather to do the last job of round one of bulbing: the Bolstad beach approach.
First we went to the World Kite Museum. After planting some narcissi there a few days ago, I regretted not having added some tall alliums whose flowers would float along the top of the perennials. Yesterday afternoon while planting my own bulbs at home, I’d found a package of Allium ‘Purple Sensation’ from which I could spare some for the kite museum.
We added three eremurus to the west side of city hall, and Allan started a bit of clean up on the east side.
On the Bolstad approach, I had 50 cyclamineus narcissi and 150 mixed Crocus tommasinianus (5 colours). Because we had to weed grasses and sheep sorrel out of all the empty spots where I wanted to add the bulbs, we were there for several hours. The still air and warm weather (so warm that a summer shirt would have been comfortable) made the job so easy.
When I say we are finishing round one of bulbing, I mean that I will probably order another bag of narcissi for the beach approach and maybe two more for the Klipsan Beach Cottage’s A Frame garden at the end of season sales. Maybe. And I will certainly succumb to some bulbs for me if I do that. Today, we had enough bulbs to get from the west end of the beach approach to halfway to the arch.
Round two will at the very least include planting tulips that I am holding for four downtown planters that are going to be dug into for electrical work sometime between now and Christmas.
I don’t think it is cost effective to a thorough weeding of the approach garden at this time of year. The weeds will be back in March, and I don’t think a bit of weediness will bother passersy here over the winter.
When we dumped our debris at City Works, I saw that the hanging baskets, at rest on the ground, are still blooming.
At home, I finished planting my bulbs.
At dusk, I took some photos of what is still amazingly in bloom in the garden.
And now the work board looks like this:
The next pressing work task is to get the salvageable plants dug up and stored from Diane’s roadside garden. More importantly, Ilwaco Halloween is almost here and we have some decorating to do.
Oct 28: Noon-5:45 I did it! I closed the garden water faucets! It wasn’t as hard as Bruce said it was. After I dug all the soil and rocks out there it was a regular faucet handle to turn off. I did 3 with one to go. Also I wrapped the shop pipes with the heat thing.
1997 (age 73):
Oct 28: Store day—PO, Tim’s, and QFC. I worked all afternoon planting bulbs and some perennials (mail order). Got a lot done. Then I moved all but one tray from shop to picnic table.