Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Because I believed the weather forecast (rain and wind) and the wind flag flying over the port office, I decided we had better do a project more sheltered than working at the port gardens. They and the beach approach garden are the worst jobs in bad weather.
I called Peninsula Landscape Supply and learned they are back to their daily hours instead of limited winter hours. So off we went to get a load of mulch.
Note: When the mulch is hot, wait for it to cool before planting new plants in it.
Our first mulching project used a little over half a yard, at the J’s garden across the street. There, when previous owner had planted a pretty little garden, she planted many of the shrubs humped up on mounds. Strange. Too hard to dig a hole? By now, years later, their roots were exposed. I have been looking forward to fixing this.
We had enough mulch left to do the Norwood garden beds, two doors down from us.
The soil in the narrow bed in the back had looked quite poor and grey when we weeded earlier this month. Now the bed looks rich and happy.
Port of Ilwaco
As we had worked on the two mulching projects, I realized the weather forecast had been quite wrong. We could have pleasantly done the spring clean up all along the port. With a few hours left in the day, we decided to get as much done there as we could.
Just across a little lawn is the marina, and the tide was high.
We decided to get as many of the Howerton Avenue curbside gardens done as possible, concentrating on the most walked-by ones, especially ones with the larger ornamental grasses.
We surprised ourselves by getting all of the garden beds done except for the west and east ends. While not enough to erase the job from the work board, we should be able to finish it in just a couple more hours.
Home after 5 PM: Skooter was waiting.
Somehow Allan found the energy to nip across the street and mow the J’s little lawn.
Even though they are invasive, I cannot help loving the yellow ranunculus (lesser celandine) in the lawn. It’s not the most evil creeping buttercup. I asked Allan to mow around it. It will go dormant in the summer. Sometimes I am just weak about plants. But it is a cutie.
I’d love another nice day tomorrow so we could finish the port and the boatyard gardens and have the first spring clean up done!