Thursday, 21 April 2016
Garden Tour Nancy and I had our first “swanning about” day of the year as she drove us by five of the excellent gardens she has picked out for this year’s Music in the Gardens Tour. (She could use a couple more large gardens for the tour, so if you know of any, let me know. The garden tour rule is that a garden cannot be repeated till four years have passed since last time it was on the tour.)
We picked up delicious chicken salad sandwiches at Roots Juice, Salad, and Java Bar in Ilwaco.
Roots, a drive through for espresso, juice drinks and lunches
I did not take any preview photos of the gardens as we were viewing them just from the road. Soonish, we will have a proper walk through for the purpose of description writing.
the bayside garden
We took a lovely break for a picnic at one of my two favourite private gardens on the Peninsula: Steve and John had invited us to include their bayside garden, now at its rhododendron peak, in our day of swanning about. (It was on the garden tour just two years ago and also on last year’s Rhodie tour).
Advance garden touring is hungry work, so our picnic came first.
Nancy had brought me a bag of birthday gifts, delightfully stretching my birthday celebration out for an extra month.
And a customized card by our good friend Artist Don Nisbett with a perfect quotation inside:
Roots picnic lunch: chicken salad sandwich on flatbread
Satisfied with our yummy sandwiches, Nancy and I took a walk all around the garden. Formerly part of a rhododendron nursery, it is a skillfully planted combination of young plants intermixed with mature shrubs and trees.
Nancy inhaling the fragrance of Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’
hostas and perfectly trimmed sword ferns
(Last week when driving north on the road past this garden, I had noticed that even the ferns along the highway are perfectly trimmed.)
Ulmus x hollandica ‘Wredei’ by the pumphouse
The succulents on the pump house roof have sailed through the mild winter:
clipped naturescape of evergreen huckleberries and sword ferns
along the south side of the driveway
The old irrigation pond
Due to my knee playing up today, we did not walk across the lawn to explore the pondside bed.
east of the pond
As always, this garden refreshes and inspires me (and makes me go to the internet to try to find a source for buying a reasonably large Rhododendron loderi ‘Venus’).
Meanwhile….Allan’s day at work
Allan took the opportunity to work on his own particular garden job at
The Ilwaco Community Building
Allan went on to continue the weeding of the center berm by the Long Beach parking lot.
There are still several feet to go.
Allan and I briefly intersected before I had an evening of quiet reading whilst he went to dinner at the Salt Pub with his former spouse, Arlene, who was having a Long Beach interlude on her way to a beach vacation on the Oregon coast.
I have been reading the first of the Cazalet Chronicles by Elizabeth Jane Howard. The library only has the first so I’ll have to acquire the rest of the series through interlibrary loan. I am completely smitten with The Light Years. EJH had been a favourite author of mine years ago.
How well she captures the joy of a child making a miniature landscape:
and the English landscape itself:
Tomorrow: If we can get enough work done, we can have another three day weekend.
Ginger’s Garden Diaries
from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago
1995 (age 71):
April 21: Wasted whole day waiting to go to the store. Bought 12 pansy plants from Gordon’s [Nursery].
1997 (age 73):
April 21: about 2:30-6:00 It was warm enough to work outside. I planted the 2 astrantia replacements from VB in the patio bed next to RR ties. Planted the 10 raspberry plants that have been potted since Feb. Then cleaned weeds out of RB row and the path between RB and SB rows [raspberries and strawberries]. When I quit and came in it was 6 and Tabby was starved.
1998 (age 74):
April 21: Dentist appt 1:00 for a filling. The dentist office asked me to change appt to Thurs due to emergency in other office so this day is shot. I called in $150 Bluestone order—mostly mums. I cut the tulip flowers in tam area. There are lots of weeds again.
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