Friday, 17 February 2017
Skooter likes to turn on Allan’s computer, so Allan found something for him to watch.
Because Karla at Time Enough Books had a book to lend me, we started the workday at the port. Allan did a bit of clipping:
I picked up the book and had a chat with Karla. She’s noticed that I read a lot of non fiction on social justice topics.
I will get to it as soon as I finish reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay.
Our first big work mission was the clipping of ornamental grasses around the dining deck of the Depot.
We also got the one miscanthus at the house next door (which is the office for the restaurant).
Just as we were about to leave, Todd showed up to work on the garden of the Hobbit Haven.
Allan and I devoted the rest of the day to Long Beach.
First, City Hall, before and after (all Allan’s photos):
Next came the southwest quadrant of Fifth Street Park. Allan did all of that project for today.
I asked Allan to leave the hesperantha (used to be schizostylis; Todd reminded me of the name change when we saw him earlier in the day) for me to clean up, because I know there are some delicate sprouts of Camassia in there. Last year they almost got clipped; Melissa was helping that day and is the one who saved them. I’ll get to this area tomorrow.
Meanwhile, I took the green wheelie bin around two blocks worth of planters.
For the same reason, I had skipped a tree near Fifth Street. When I rejoined Allan, his park project was done. He tidied under this tree while I addressed some dead gaura stems in the northeast quadrant of Fifth Street Park.
Hesperantha spreads like fury. It’s best to just yank out a lot of it, and you’ll still have enough.
Together, after moving the van and trailer, Allan and I tackled one more tree garden and the planter I had skipped because of debris hauling limitations.
In the planter, I was going to do patient santolina clipping to the new growth.
Then I saw a tuft way down at soil level.
That particular santolina might be 15 years old. I decided to cut off all the big stems and see what happens!
On the way home, we drove past the Port of Ilwaco curbside gardens. I reflected on the many grasses and sedums needing to be cut back. Our last task, at sunset, was to pick up a piece of litter.
At home: Still can’t cross off Fifth Street till the hesperantha and one big hydrangea are dealt with. Can’t cross off street trees and planters because we have more to do. However, I had the pleasure of erasing City Hall and the Depot.
Goal for tomorrow, if weather allows: Finish Fifth Street and the street trees and planters and the pop outs and the pond. Much glorious erasing could end a day like that.