Last Sunday, I had such a poignant moment when I got a message from Nancy (co owner of the Depot Restaurant) that her mother Marilyn’s garden (and house) had sold. Marilyn had passed away this past summer. We had not been sure when the real estate closing closing would be, perhaps not even till early November, and so the possibility of one last clean up there had still been on the calendar. Now it had passed into the hands of new owners.
So with poignant thoughts of Marilyn and her healing garden (which will get a slide show blog post later this autumn), I took my finger to erase the task from the work board.
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
I had a strong desire to dismantle the Corridor of Spooky Plants, having removed the cobwebs from it last night after 9 PM.
However, I had a work plan for today rain or shine: to dismantle Diane’s roadside garden. I collected from the greenhouse all the big pots emptied from this year’s tomato growing.
Basket Case Greenhouse
On the way to Diane’s, we detoured to The Basket Case Greenhouse to buy some potting soil.
Diane and Larry’s septic system has to be redone and the line of trees cut down along the road, so we dug up a lot of the perennials from the roadside garden. Heavy equipment will be driving there. We worked through rain squalls and wind. Most of the time the weather was tolerable.
We left in the ground the six or more large pink heathers and the rosemary because we did not think they would transplant well. Perhaps they and the narcissi and crocus bulbs that are still in the ground will survive being driven over. We plan to recreate this garden in some form after the project is done.
We also saved as many as we could of the river rock that edged the garden because rocks would surely get shoved down into the soil during the construction work. It would be more expensive to buy another yard of the rock than to spend the labor saving most of it.
Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, two handsome purple penstemons, some pink and blue scabiosa, some lavenders, a Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’, an Eryngium and some bulbs were all salvaged.
This was perhaps the most important project of the autumn. I was glad to have it done.
The Anchorage Cottages
The bad weather held off long enough for us to do some pruning at the Anchorage.
I had been plagued recently by the memory of a dandelion I had forgotten to pull in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter. Several times recently we had passed through town and I had gotten distracted from stopping to pull it out.
We got home with just enough time to undo the Corridor of Spooky Plants before dark.
1995 (age 71):
Nov 1: Probate [from Dad’s death in June] completed per attorney. Spent this afternoon digging dahlias tubers from Tam area [former juniper tam bed, now flowers, by the roadside]. Received Wayside and Spring Hill orders mostly perennials and some bulbs on Wayside order. The shop [large two room outbuilding] was plenty warm this AM so I turned the heat off for the day.