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Ginger’s Garden Diaries

Three  of five of my mother’s garden diaries from the 90s appeared in among some papers of Allan’s in mid February, 2016.   I am so deeply thrilled to have them.  The others got somehow lost when she moved from her home to Golden Sands Assisted Living in 2009.  She possibly did not think them worth saving.  I can guarantee she would like that they are being shared here.  I plan to incorporate her entries into my 2016 journal, as her days from 20 years ago correspond with mine, and then to gather all the entries together in some way.  I’m catching up on all of January since the idea became possible when the diaries were found in mid February 2016.

My mother and grandmother impressed me with how hard they worked on their gardens as they got older, and as I approach that age with startling rapidity (and with the hope of getting there), I’m even more impressed.  My mother’s main focus was her vegetable garden, although she did grow flowers.  My grandmother’s was mostly ornamental with a few tomatoes and green onions thrown into the mix.

My mother and father had retired in 1977 to a large lot near Yelm, Washington.  They had been weekend gardening there since about 1970, living in a small trailer.  After moving, they had a two bedroom manufactured home installed.

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My dad, Bruce, in ’72 in their weekend garden

Bruce died in 1995; Mom moved to the beach to be near us in 1999 and stopped keeping a journal.  I find it touching to read her diaries of the years after he died.  (I wish I had the 1996 one.)  She was isolated, without friends except for one neighbour across the street, and had only lived alone for a couple of weeks in her entire life before he died.

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mom in her greenhouse, sometime in the 1980s

Ginger’s Garden Diary, January

illustrations by Carol Inouye

1995, age 70

Jan 3 : Brought wood in.  We’ve used all of the 2nd delivery of firewood.

Jan 5: Immersed myself in seed catalogs to order seeds—veggies and flowers.

Jan 6-7 DITTO

Jan 9: Seed catalogs again

Jan 10:  Finally chipped all stuff that’s been in the truck for at least two months.  (Bruce is taking truck to have new gas tank sensor installed—then we’ll sell truck.)  We put the chipped stuff in old compost box.  We didn’t use screen in chipper so it’s pretty coarse.  I’ll put mushroom compost over it so it will rot by fall.

Jan 11:  Ditto from Monday.  Have mailed orders to Pinetree, Seeds of Change, and Harris Seeds so far.

Jan 12:  More of same.  Spent a fairly nice day inside adding up Parks order.

Jan 13: DITTO  Mailed Parks and Territorial and Burpees orders.

Jan 14:  Finished Dutch Gardens order.

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Jan 23:  I didn’t feel like doing it but went out anyway.  Finished planting tulips.  This leaves many many alliums and a few odds and ends of small bulbs.

Jan 24:  Planted bulbs mostly alliums.  I think I can see the end of them—probably one more day of planting.  Then I will start cleaning up flower beds and yard which is a mess of leaves, cones, branches, etc. etc.

Jan 27:  Beautiful sunny day.  50+.  Finished planting fall bulbs.  The anemones, ranunculus, and ixiolirion will be planted in spring.  Tied up roses, morning glories, and spirea along back porch.  Started cleaning up juniper tam area, scratching up soil where I’ve been walking over past few weeks.  I left maple leaves as mulch for now.  [Note: a couple of years later she turned the “juniper tam” bed into a flower bed.  I seem to recall that Robert and I helped pull out the shrubs on a trip to visit there.]

Jan 28: rain

Jan 30: Sun/Showers   Only worked outside about an hour.  Raked upper driveway.  Dumped the leaves etc in garden until all leaves are picked up. Then I (we)’ll shred them.

1997 (age 72)

Jan 12: Don Rolstad has been coming out to work on Bruce’s train collection 4, 5, or 6 days a week.  [Both my dad and my mom’s brother collected valuable toy trains; a year after my dad died, my mother decided to sell his collection, in preparation for looking for a new home in Long Beach.]  Several times he has brought along a friend to help him.  He has also kept my firewood rack full.

Jan 18:  I brought up enough wood to fill the rack on the porch.  [It was a LARGE rack, as I remember filling it after mom moved to Long Beach.]  It took seven wheelbarrow loads.  I mail ordered for veggie seeds to Pinetree, prepared from their 1996-97 catalog.  At the same time as the order was picked up by the mailman, the 1997-98 catalog was delivered.  There are a lot of changes in price, etc, and some of the items are not even in the new catalog.

Jan 19:  Don and his son-in-law took all the remaining train stuff.  He said he hopes to get $12,000 for me.  That’s more than I thought the whole collection was worth.  He’ll take a lot of Bruce’s trains to the train meet in Seattle next Sunday.

Jan 20:  I finished the flower seed inventory—21 pages.  Then I went through the Pinetree new catalog and prepared that order.  I suggested to Pinetree that they return veggie seed order so I can rewrite it from their new catalog.

Jan 21:  Prepared a “Simply Tomatoes” order.  Their prices are 50% higher than Pinetree but I ordered some varieties that PT didn’t list.  I also prepared order from Raintree Nursery.

Jan 22:  Spent most of the day preparing Park Seed order.

Jan 23:  Most of day on paper work.  A revolting development—I figured I’ll owe $542 in income tax because I lose over $4200 of exemptions and deductions that we got when Bruce was alive.

Jan 24:  The pipe under shop [large outbuilding] sink is leaking badly.  I called Bill—he’ll come tomorrow to check.

Jan 25:  Bill turned off shop water and hot water tank.  He’ll come next Sat to fix it and do other jobs.

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Jan 27: Watered house plants.

Jan 28:  Don brought more than $3000 in cash and many checks for trains.  Now the telephone isn’t working—it has a broken wire.  I brought the shop phone into the house.  Bought two new cords for the house phone so it will reach my bed.

Jan 29:  Worked about two hours cleaning up the wood and branches in front and was completely exhausted.  There is now a huge pile to be shredded plus more on patio. Maybe Bill will start the chipper for me on Saturday so I can do it while he does other jobs.

Jan 30:  Doctor appointment re arm.  He discharged me as his patient.  [She had fallen while pulling out old tomato plants in the previous autumn.  Robert was in the middle of putting a roof on a client’s house at the time so we were unable to go help her for two weeks.  I think this is one of the main incidents that had inspired her to begin to prepare to move to the beach, near us.]

January 31:  Mac’s Tree Service shortened a lot of branches in both fir trees and removed some big broken branches.  He had to climb the patio tree to reach them ($30 extra).  Also cut down the mountain ash tree.  He cut big chunks of wood in half for me.  I sure have a lot of branches etc to be chipped.

1998 (age 73)

Jan 1:  I spent most of the day watching football.  Washington State lost to Michigan in the Rose Bowl.

Jan 2:  I finished listing my flower seeds so I will know what not to order when I get the Pinetree catalog.  I wait for it to order from first because the prices are the best, then I check through the Park Seed catalog.  However, I won’t need to order many.  I want to plant a lot of annuals in the plastic terra cotta bowls to have “color spots”.

Jan 5:  JC Penny Custom Decorating catalog came out.  I ordered $1800 worth of drapes for bedroom, drapes for Bruce’s room, and new sheers for the four front room windows.  I had to move all plants out of SE corner.

Jan 6:  Worked on moving plants back.  While I could get closer to the Floralight, I moved most of the small violets to the back end of the shelves.  [The three tiered Floralight plant stand now resides in a hallway at Golden Sands Assisted Living; the staff let my mom bring it with her when she moved in there in 2009.]

Jan 8: Store day [in Yelm, two miles away]: dentist, phone company, bank, Payless, QFC and NPCC.

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Jan 11: First snow of the season.

Jan 12:  There is 7 inches of snow between front porch and shop.  It started snowing again at noon.  Worked on Dutch Gardens spring order.

Jan 13:  Still cold.  Lots of snow on the ground.  Rec’d Pinetree seed catalog.

Jan 14:  Rained most of day.  Mailed Dutch Gardens order.  Worked on Pinetree seed order.

Jan 25:  Mailed Pinetree seed order.

Jan 16:  I started going through the Thompson and Morgan seed catalog marking some that I’d like, but I probably won’t order seeds from them.  I sure don’t need them!  And they are expensive!

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Jan 19:  Today I actually accomplished something.  After I got the recyclables ready, I took the stuff to be burned to the burn barrel. I also took the big box of juniper tam branches to the barrel and burned them.  I figured they were so “scratchy” it would hurt to use them in the wood stove.  While the stuff was burning I brought wood up to the porch.  Quite a few pieces were wet from rain even though the pile was covered by two tarps.

Jan 20: Store day.  Did some paperwork—paying bills, etc.  Rec’d the New York Times Crossword Puzzle Dictionary.  It’s really good—has huge listings, by country, of authors, painters, etc.

Jan 21:  I went to bed at 12:15 and woke up at 11:15.  I puttered around in the house—didn’t accomplish much.

Jan 23:  I removed from the box of flower seeds those that need to be refrigerated after planting and also picked out the seeds that can be planted anytime.  Hopefully I can start planting these seeds next week.

Jan 24:  After the Sonics beat the Lakers I celebrated by cleaning the refrigerator in the shop (where the soda cans exploded0. It was a mess.  I got the veggie tray and two shelves out.  I had to sit in it to reach the back.  It started ok.  Now I have to plant these seeds that must be refrigerated for 6-8 weeks.  I must soon get the begonia bulbs in moist peat moss.

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Jan 26:  Sunny and fairly warm.  I had lots of things I should be doing.  Instead I puttered around inside until it was too late to go out.  [I am so like my mother in this way!]  I got part of the Park Seed order.  The packets of seeds should come soon. The order was over $500.

Jan 27:  I spent the afternoon watering houseplants.  [She had many.]  Also I potted up the rooted stems of plants that have been in water in the bathroom.  Also repotted the Aloe Vera into four pots.  It has more than doubled in size.

Jan 28:  I actually accomplished some work today which amazed me considering I went to bed at 3:00 AM and slept until 1:00 PM!  At about 3:00 I went out to see what I could do, thinking I’d saw some of the tree branches.  [Most of my staycation days end up with the same time pattern.] I ended up trimming the many hosta plants but then it was too late to replant them so I did some weeding on the strawberries, then brought wood into the house from the porch.

Jan 29:  I worked one hour spreading the pile of stuff that we couldn’t shred because it was too wet.  I picked out the big stuff and ivy from the pile and spread the rest over the veggie area. I don’t know if it will decompose enough to be tilled in March or April, otherwise I’ll have to move it again!

Jan 30: I worked two hours on the pile today and then came in and laid down two hours.  That’s hard work spreading that stuff.  Never again will I let stuff pile up like that.  If I can’t put stuff in compost box, I’ll burn it.

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Jan 31:  It was over 50 degrees today.  Today was a beautiful day but I didn’t do anything!  [By “didn’t do anything’, she probably meant that she read and did crossword puzzles during the day.]

 

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Since we still could not afford to take winter off, the year started with cleaning and painting (for pay, at special mom rate) all my mum’s kitchen cupboards.  We went to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show and stayed at Allan’s parents house and attended many seminars.

I have very little photographic record of 2006 because just when I needed the internet most, in February through April, my 6 year old PC (which Allan and I had been sharing) fell to an array of viruses. A local computer guru managed to keep it limping along because I was having a major could-be-cancer scare and needed to access Dr. Google, desperately!   Everything turned out fine, but as a result I took few photos that year.  With medical bills to pay, I buckled down to work, spent little on entertainment, bought NO plants at all for my garden, and was probably not much fun.

Discovery Heights middle garden in spring

Discovery Heights middle garden in spring

a quick project

a quick project

At he beginning of May, after surgery, I found out I was going to be just fine. Threee day later, we started weeding the area for this one off planting job. .  Other that that, the spring had been the usual round of work for our regular clients.

We made the yearly pilgrimage to Joy Creek and Cistus nurseries…

cat at Cistus nursery

cat at Cistus nursery

new roof

new roof

We enjoyed life in our newly roofed house….especially when the cold of winter was over.

We did our usual round of jobs.

summer garden at the Shelburne Inn

summer garden at the Shelburne Inn

Klipsan Beach Cottages garden was on the Peninsula garden tour that year which meant a lot of extra work.  I wish I had photos of it that day, as Allan and I hosted the tour.  (Mary wanted to but had to go to a funeral.)

We planted up a deck full of containers for a new client, Diane.

on Diane's deck

on Diane’s deck

more containers for Diane

more containers for Diane

In late September, Allan took his heavy old canoe out to the Baker Bay kayak race…mostly kayaks…and I think got an award to having the biggest or the oldest boat in the race…certainly not the fastest.

canoe at the port

canoe at the port

Yet, as you can see, there is great satisfaction in finishing a race.

the thrill of finishing

the thrill of finishing

Allan says:  The only money I put in this canoe was fresh paint and fiberglass patches. My dad built it from a $50 kit in the 1960’s and it must have had over twenty years of Boy Scout abuse before he gave it to me. It has a wood frame and is covered with sheets of fiberglass that is patched where it meets, one vertical seam is under my right hand. Its now stealth black instead of pumpkin orange with white patchwork seams. I came in last but, 2nd in my class, almost too late to pick up the medal.   And Sheila replies:  If you enjoyed yourself, that’s all that matters!

The Tall Ships came to Ilwaco, and one of them sailed past China Beach Retreat while we were gardening there.  Allan got this photo:

tall ship off China Beach

tall ship off China Beach

At the end of November, after half a year of sharing Allan’s ancient, creaky-slow PC (with even slower dialup), we bought a Mac, got DSL, and embarked upon a happy new computer era.

Christmas at Tangly Cottage

December at Tangly Cottage

upper patio in December

upper patio in December

In 2007, I started my blog, and now….I have caught up to that year.  To follow through with 2007, click here.  Otherwise, my next entry will return us to the present at last!

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Allan is going through his old photos and found these, of a job that we were offered in 2006.  Keep in mind that I am terrified of heights!   We got a call from a park ranger at Fort Canby State Park (now Cape Disappointment) that they had an area that needed weeding.  I pictured it down by the campground but instead, he took us to a bluff by the North Head Lighthouse…

outside the lighthouse fence

outside the lighthouse fence

and showed us, in all seriousness, that this area needed weeding in order to help along some native grasses that had been planted:

just weed...out there

just weed…out there

On both sides of the curved narrow strip, the cliff falls straight down to roiling waves.  I got dizzy just thinking of it!

We later heard that some sort of youthful crew did the job AND that they were roped in while doing it!

 

 

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I wrote about some of these gardens in my 2007 blog, but since I the photos were actually taken in 2006, I will reprise them here.

Suzanne’s Garden

We did not do regular maintenance on the Sahalee garden that Robert and I had created for Suzanne, but she called me in a couple of times a year to weed.  On one of those days in 2006, Allan took these photos:

gate

gate

path

path

by the porch

by the porch

along the path

along the path

with glass ball

with glass ball

Joanne’s garden

Below:  Joanne ‘s garden in full bloom in summer. She died of cancer in the fall….and now we maintain the garden in her memory.

Joanne's garden

Joanne’s garden

Linda’s garden

Later in the summer, we were hired by Linda L. to put in a garden at her beach house in Seaview.

Linda's house

Linda’s house

First we made a tiny little pocket garden, all white, with ingredients she already had, in memory of her very special and beloved cat, Whitey. This was sort of a get to know you project, because her real idea was much bigger.

Whitey's garden

Whitey’s garden

Her dear husband had died several months before, and she wanted a healing and memorial garden on the west side of their beach house.

before

before:  Allan starting the garden

Here’s the garden from her deck; we chose mostly plants with blue flowers because that had been her husband’s favourite colour:

after

after

the garden from above in late summer

the garden from above in late summer

Because he had liked fishing, we made a river rock dry pond with fish.  You can’t see the fish very well; they were mounted on stakes.

dry creek

dry creek pool

Linda got a fish bench for the garden.

fish bench

fish bench

We made a little rock area in the garden, the idea being that anyone who visited could place a little round rock on the bigger rock in memory. They had both loved frogs so Linda added lots of frogs.

frog and the little rocks

frog and the little rocks

Linda herself took this photo of her cat in the garden:

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Up on a dune on the path to the beach they had an old boat; their guests had believed the story that it had washed way in from the ocean. I do love planting up a boat…

garden boat

garden boat

Linda has since moved away (and her life is happy again) and the house is now a vacation rental, but we have the memories.

Marilyn’s Garden

Another meaningful garden project was to create a garden at this new house near Surfside, for Depot Restaurant owner Nancy Gorshe’s mother, Marilyn. It was a blank slate except for the little entry sidewalk.

before

before

beginning

beginning

Marilyn wanted a lawn, so we delegated that, and we made a generous walking path around the house that would be friendly to any friends who used a walker or wheelchair.

garden with path

garden with path

Below: Marilyn’s garden with the lawn seeded and the gravel path rolled and some new plants already in.

progress

progress

Below: the entry from the driveway to Marilyn’s path.

entry

entry

We put round rocks along the house to make that strip of non-garden advocated by my garden guru Ann Lovejoy.

rocks along house

rocks along house

This garden turned out very well and it is scheduled to be on the Peninsula garden tour in July of this year.

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Stachyurus praecox, January 2005

Stachyurus praecox, January 2005

one of my contorted filberts, with teacups, early spring 2005

one of my contorted filberts, with teacups, early spring 2005

shovel heads

shovel heads

Above:

Allan helped me put up these old shovel heads as pseudo-battlements along the privacy fence. I always felt poignant when looking at the three panels Robert had painted after his heart attack and the building of the fence. He said they meant health, long life, and happiness. I had hope for him finally acquiring those things as around this time he moved out of Andy’s trailer and into the beautiful home of a new significant other, a mutual friend of ours. Her house was actually one of my dream houses and had once belonged to Dale, the garden designer who had long since departed but who had created some of the gardens I still worked in.

Dumbles in the garden

Dumbles in the garden

By May we were having to make a huge decision regarding a new roof. In April we had helped plant some street trees in Ilwaco in a big rainstorm, and upon coming home found water pouring through the bathroom ceiling. The leak soon worked its way over to the living room as well. I would have had to live with buckets, but Allan had enough money from the share he had taken from his Tacoma house equity to arrange for a new metal roof to be installed.  The reason for the leak?  raccoons tearing into the cedar shakes!

So we did very little gardening around the house itself because we knew that roofers would be coming before winter.

Clerodendron in my garden, the best bloom I ever had from it.

Clerodendron in my garden, the best bloom I ever had from it.

Over the course of the summer, Allan had painted the house during whatever scraps of time he could find: dark green, with blue, turquoise and purple trim…You can see the raccoon-compromised roof to the right of the dormer.  How he found the energy to do this on top of work is beyond me, but he did.

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newly painted house

newly painted house

Below:  Lovely photo by Allan taken after he had finished painting the house. The set of prayer flags of all different religions were given to me by my dear friend Sharon.

after painting

after painting

Finally in autumn, we got our new roof, just in time to not live with buckets and sagging ceilings all winter.  The new metal roof resounded beautifully in the rain.

the only wedding photo....

the only wedding photo….

In late November, 2005, Allan and I got married at a house in Skamakawa. The friend who officiated was one of my cyberfriends (we call each other imaginary friends) from my Seattle email list, which seemed just right as they had been so helpful to me over the years.  Beth officiated with guests Stacey and Jeannine, music by her spouse on guitar; then Jeannine and Stacey and Allan and I had lunch in Astoria. This is only PARTIAL surviving photo which only halfway loaded during the last computer back up from my PC in 2006. Beth’s living room has luscious red walls.

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south side garden, Discovery Heights with new sign

south side garden, Discovery Heights with new sign

Discovery Heights middle garden

Discovery Heights middle garden

To fill in the Discovery Heights gardens while the shrubs were small, I planted a lot of cosmos.

new middle garden in summer

new middle garden in summer

whisky barrel at new entry gate controls, Discovery Heights

whisky barrel at new entry gate controls, Discovery Heights

We kept up the usual round of all the clients, sometimes encountering Robert doing assorted painting or carpentry projects.  All was amicable.  Bertie had a big comfy bed to ride around in Robert’s new van.  Robert had moved in with a new woman friend.  I was able to work much longer hours with Allan and my debt was dropping dramatically.

At Andersen's RV Park

At Andersen’s RV Park

In the summer we made a formal garden….not my usual style…for a new client, Ted, who wanted green simplicity and tidiness.

Ted's new garden

Ted’s new garden

We did a bit of work for one of Roger’s clients who had a stunning house on the ocean…More photos lost of this place that had 3 houses, sort of separate, but sort of connected at the corners at odd and interesting angles, with one indoor room off a patio with an indoor fish pond, and this moon lattice at the entry to the main courtyard.

Moon gate

Moon gate

Our little project was to make a garden out of a long railroad tie bed that had been choked by weeds…Below is about 1/5 of the entire revamped garden bed.

new bed

new bed

I loved the place but it became too difficult to find time get back to water it, so we let it go.

Coastal Ridge sales trailer

Coastal Ridge sales trailer

We made a temporary beachy garden outside the sales trailer for the new townhouses, Coastal Ridge at Discovery Heights; construction started that summer.

At Klipsan Beach Cottages, summer found the garden as lush as always.

looking in the gate at KBC

looking in the gate at KBC

center of KBC courtyard

center of KBC courtyard

Of course, now that darn Phormium is so big it takes up the whole pot.

Below: me at Laurie’s increasingly tall border on the bay; we were starting to call it the Jurassic garden. The Joe Pye weed and other plants were becoming enormous in their bed of horse manure enriched soil.

at Laurie's

at Laurie’s

Gaura lindheimeri on Bolstadt the beach approach. I gave up on my Kite Festival walk of shame photo series and just hoped the rugosa roses would get big enough to hold their own. There was also (foreground) a tall clover relative that might be a weed, but I let it stay because it got tall enough to defend itself.

Gaura on the beach approach

Gaura on the beach approach

 And…there was much more work.   My clients all were happy, everyone was impressed with his work ethic (of which I have never seen the like!)  But most of my remaining photos of 2004 are of garden touring.

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Allan moved in on his birthday, January 2nd, and went into sort of a state of shock about living in such a small space and also about how COLD my house can be in winter.  (No matter how we tried, we never got it above 50 on a cold day.)  His arrival unfortunately was followed by a cold snap which did not help.
Normally I would have taken more of January off but I wanted to impress him with the gardening business so that he would not feel he had quit his other job for nought but love.  (He had spent years assembling bicycles for Fred Meyer stores, but due to the incursion of cheap Wal-mart bikes, the job had been in a disturbing decline.)  So we started back to work early in the month. Our first job, while both of us had bad colds, was to spead yards and yard of horse manure all over Laurie’s garden beds by the bay. Sophie went with us one day. Below: Allan on his first day as a professional gardener.
introduction to gardening

introduction to gardening

mulch on Laurie's winter garden

mulch on Laurie’s winter garden

Below: Laurie’s garden in winter, being well mulched by manure, and plagued by moles, with the barn in the background and to the right, Allan having a brief lunch break at the car. It was so cold that we would warm our hands up on the car engine after we arrived at work.  What an initiation!

lunch time

lunch time

Our next big project was to gather ferns in the woods at Discovery Heights for replanting in the gardens there.

fern gathering

fern gathering

dragging ferns

dragging ferns

planting ferns along the middle garden at Discovery Heights

planting ferns along the middle garden at Discovery Heights

We operated out of Allan’s small Saturn with a utility trailer hauled behind. Between working, we went back and forth to Tacoma several times in the spring moving Allan’s stuff down. One memorable late stormy night, we turned back at the Willapa curves by a tree over the road and had to go back through Naselle and along the river route. After the trauma of trying to turn to car and trailer in the dark with possible traffic coming up behind (and no cell phone signal, of course), we decided to rent a U Haul for the rest of his stuff.

Below: Another spring project: creating some garden beds along the fences at Garnette S’s Seaview garden. I mucked out the stalls from Bennie, the carriage horse, who lived right next door, to improve the soil in the new beds.

Seaview project

Seaview project

Most of the during and after photos of the project are gone but the creation of long beds along this fence, and inside and outside of the other long fence length, took about a week. This was another of those gardens that I created but don’t maintain….

Seaview project

Seaview project

Below:  Narcissi (planted very late in 2004) in the middle garden at Discovery Heights.  Before long, a big gate would go in almost at the end of the garden.  After cleaning a couple of houses in the late 70s in the gated, exclusive Broadmoor neighbourhood of Seattle, I had sworn I would never work in a gated neighbourhood again, but I could not resist this garden.  Later, the gate made sense to me because until it went in, drivers went speeding up and down the curves of this hill for fun.

Narcissi at Discovery Heights

Narcissi at Discovery Heights

At this time, I don’t think anyone lived at Discovery Heights yet, and the Coastal Ridge townhouses were just being built.

Discovery Heights lower garden with baby plants and narcissi

Discovery Heights lower garden with baby plants and narcissi

Below:  J9’s dog Sophie on one of the days that Allan and I dogsat her by taking her to work with us. I accidentally made her look like a bad dog by asking her to sit for the photos….on top of the flowers.

my good friend Sophie

my good friend Sophie

Meanwhile, in other spring gardens…

tulips at the Shelburne

tulips at the Shelburne

Joanne's garden all cleaned up for spring

Joanne’s garden all cleaned up for spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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