Here are the coral bark maples at Steve and John’s bayside garden this week. The path has been remade by local landscaper Steve Clarke. It was a simple cedar chip path now transformed into something elegant.
photo by Steve McCormick
Monday 24 October 2016
Gusty wind and heavy rain promised me a day at home. What I really want is a rainy day to read right through the third Nella Last book (Nella Last in the 1950s) that arrived a few days ago. I cannot have a full reading day till this fall’s bulb lists are transformed from my messy handwriting to a tidy typed grid. Yet today, I did procrastinate on bulb spreadsheets after getting an email from the library announcing that the book I have been trying to finish is overdue. So I finished it.
an excellent book
In the descriptions of food traditions brought from the old world, I was saddened to learn that the Irish, because they were fleeing from the potato famine after decades of deprivation under English rule, had few special recipes or food traditions.
Meanwhile, Allan reclaimed the paper bags which had been used for bulb sorting. I reuse them year after year after year, letting one go only if it gets wet from a rainy day of planting.
sorted and unsorted bags
years worth of my labeling with sharpie and scrawled bulb name abbreviations
Just last fall, Allan started a new plan of crossing out the old names so the bags are ready to go for autumn 2017.
all nicey nice
Any small paper bag that enters the house gets saved for bulb sorting.
While I continued to read, Allan walked to the post office and the library.
autumn leaves in the library garden
library nasturtiums still blooming
On the way home, he noticed a bird nest under the awning of the old (now empty) bingo hall.
a hidden nest
I finished my book and just as I got my first blank spreadsheet open, out came the sunshine. We simply had to go plant another batch of bulbs.
work board this morning
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and rudbeckia and penstemons still blooming by our driveway.
Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and calendula
heading north out of Ilwaco in clear but breezy weather
stormy sky in Long Beach
We began by planting a few bulbs at Long Beach city hall.
Allan added one clump of Narcissi ‘Thalia Sun’ to the little pop out a block north of City Hall.
We then went on to
The Anchorage Cottages
My good friend Mitzu’s greeting
The wind was rather annoying.
looking east over pampas grass and cryptomerias
Gusty enough to be bothersome.
We planted some narcissi at ground level and some tulips in assorted planters.
I drop the bags where I want the bulbs to be planted. That way if a big rain comes, they can be gathered back up quickly.
Fuchsia magellanica ‘Hawkshead’
‘Hawkshead’ fuchsia, white with green tips
hardy fuchsia and dried astilbe flowers, which I like to leave up for winter
At my request, Beth had built two sets of window boxes so that we can change them out for winter and summer. That way, I can have boxes of early spring bulbs that don’t need to be disturbed by the planting of summer annuals. This year, we switched from plastic liners to larger wooden boxes so last year’s bulbs do need to be replanted and some new ones added.
two of the four summer windowboxes
Because of the wind and the threat of rain, we took the plastic liners and the four new, empty wooden window boxes home to plant up in the comfort of our garage.
on the way home
On the way, a quick stop at The Depot accomplished the planting of an azalea that had been a gift at Marilyn’s memorial service.
memorial azalea (Allan’s photo)
I tucked the wee azalea in at the end of the garden and I hope it is not a tender sort.
You may have made the connection that Marilyn, our beloved elderly client who died this summer, was the mother of Nancy, co owner of the Depot Restaurant. Like Jo’s garden, Marilyn’s garden up in Surfside is about to pass to the care of new owners.
The Oceanside Animal Clinic is located just east of the Depot; we picked up flea drops for the kitties.
veterinarian office staff (Allan’s photo)
In the garage, ready to transfer bulbs from plastic liners to the new boxes
I had four out of eight liners emptied and bulbs replanted in two wooden boxes when I realized the new boxes did not have drainage holes.
Allan to the rescue! I shifted the planting to the empty boxes after they got drilled.
He went back to the project I had fetched him from: mowing the pocket sized lawn at the J’s house across the street.
J’s lawn, done
boxes, chock full o’ little spring bulbs and ready to go back to The Anchorage
Now the window boxes of bulbs will not have to be changed out till two or three years from now when the bulbs multiply to the point of overcrowding.
Down the street, Allan noticed a nautical sight: nets over the sidewalk.
Tomorrow, I might get those spreadsheets done; if not, we will get three more smaller batches of bulbs planted.
the work board waning, and waxing as I remember more to do (like plant my own bulbs)
1997 (age 73):
Oct 24: 12:30-4:00 FIRST HARD FREEZE! It didn’t look like much froze but when I was planting bulbs in the tam area I saw the leaves and stalks were frozen while some of the blooms were ok. I cut back those dahlias that had no blossoms. I planted about 100 bulbs in PRFB, Tam and PBB. [Patio Right Flower Bed and Patio Back Bed, I bet! The patio was surrounded on three sided by a railroad tie wall about three ties high, with the other side being the house.] I have about 100 more to go in the ground and lots of various bulbs for my pots, etc.
1998 (age 74):
Oct 24: Rainy and cool. I spent all day in the kitchen taking care of ripe tomatoes (one pkg frozen), peeling apples (2 trays drying) and dehydrating potatoes. I received the instructions and I peeled and filled 4 trays of the spuds I bought a couple of weeks ago at QFC. It will be interesting to see how they turn out. I was surprised to learn the spuds had to be blanched before drying them.
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