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Tuesday, 12 November, 2013

I hope this blog does not descend into “planted bulbs…sorted bulbs…argh” before bulb time is over.

Today we started at Mayor Mike’s house and planted a comparatively small quantity of mostly blue and white bulbs to go with his garden colour theme.  Blue Muscari, white crocus, white narcissi, some Alliums (albopilosum, schubertii, and Purple Sensation and Mount Everest), some snow drops and some blue iris reticulata.

Still in bloom:  Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies' and Fuchsia magellanica

Still in bloom: Gaura ‘Whirling Butterflies’ and Fuchsia magellanica

We then drove down Howerton heading west with the intention of planting bulbs in the Ilwaco street planters.  I saw a worrisome sight:  The cosmos had been cut to the ground in the Time Enough Books garden boat.  This must mean the owners are about to put out their Christmas decorations in the boat and then we would not be able to get the bulbs in.

an ominous sight!

an ominous sight!

We swung back around Lake Street and grabbed the box of Time Enough bulbs; good thing I had sorted them out the night before.    In went 20 Tulip ‘Strong Gold’ and 3 Tulip “Texas Gold’.  (Why only three?  There are certain tulips I am almost out of after sorting for other jobs.)

planted and ready for the winter snowman and his dog decorations to be installed.

planted and ready for the winter decorations to be installed.

From 2012: the snowman and his dog take up a lot of room!

Christmas 2012

Christmas 2012

We then got to the Ilwaco planters in a cold and foggy wind.  I was not pleased to discover some finger blight…

Planter by the boatyard with Erysimum stolen from the center

Planter by the boatyard with Erysimum stolen from the center

That planter by the boatyard fence corner at 1st and Eagle has the worst problem with plant theft than any other planter we do.

In the boatyard garden, despite recent windstorms, some of the painted sage still looks almost as good as midsummer.

Salvia viridis

Salvia viridis

tenacious boatyard cosmos

tenacious boatyard cosmos

autumn colour at First and Eagle Street

autumn colour at First and Eagle Street

We planted three tulips in each planter.  I am always surprised how the tulips hold up to spring storms especially since I choose May blooming ones that will still be flowering on the 1st Saturday of May for the children’s parade.  In the three planters that are new this year, we also planted some crocus, iris reticulata, and species (small) narcissi.  Sometimes it is awfully hard to jam three tulip bulbs down into the older, established planters.

By the time we got to the last planters by Olde Towne Trading Post I was so cold from the wind, and thought rain was on its way, and was ready to quit and go back to sorting bulbs at home.  Olde Towne was closed for the day or we would have been in there having a warming drink.

I had miscounted, so three extra 'Strong Gold' tulips got planted under one of the pumpkins.

I had miscounted, so three extra ‘Strong Gold’ tulips got planted under one of the pumpkins.

Allan encouraged me to keep on planting.  I had the tulips sorted for the Long Beach planters and he thought we could start there and be able to stop easily if rain came.  I got encouraged by some bright sky to go to Erin’s garden as I had a large batch sorted out for her.

On the way, we solved the mystery of why a sheriff’s car and an aid car had screeched around the corner at the Ilwaco stoplight and headed north.  Someone had jumped the curb going south (it is hard to imagine how…foot on the gas instead of the brake, perhaps) and taken out a corner of the Long Beach police station and part of one of the town restrooms!

Bathroom tiles flew across the floor into the stalls!

Bathroom tiles flew across the floor into the stalls!

The station’s office manager said she at first thought it was a bomb.  No one was hurt, amazingly, so the photo is not too ghoulish.  I am going to miss having this restroom available when we plant the Long Beach bulbs!  Fortunately, no one was in there when the accident happened.

On to Erin’s:  While the temperature felt much warmer…and much less windy…there, the sky got ominously dark just after I had laid bulbs out in the boat and given Allan a lot of white narcissi to  plant right along the porch.

an ominous sky

an ominous sky

Once the bulbs are laid out, they must be planted!

a boat full!

a boat full!

In the boat, assorted narcissi, crocus, iris reticulata (short and early), snowdrops, Alliums schubertii, albopilosum, Purple Sensation and Mount Everest, and 6 short Tulip ‘Princess Irene’ that I hope the deer will not browse.  It is so delightfully easy to plant in a new container, of any size, that is full of fresh, soft soil;  no tools required.

Felix appeared...

Felix appeared…

eager to help

eager to help

Erin's son took an interest in the bulb planting.

Erin’s son took an interest in the bulb planting.

I had a moment of panic…not unusual when planting bulbs..upon finding a second crate of bulbs in the vehicle.  But I had two crates out…and Erin’s had filled two crates.  So had I gotten mixed up and brought someone else’s crate and accidentally planted the wrong bulbs?  I felt sick…yet they had seemed like the right ones.  Then I remembered I had sorted, on the job, one big crate into two smaller ones…some for the boat and some for the cottage garden.  Whew.  I had wondered why I could not find many tulips for the cottage garden…and here they were in an untouched crate!  Into the garden they went while the rain continued to hold off.

My little brainstorm of the late afternoon:  We then zoomed up to The Planter Box and got some bird scare tape for the boat, to keep birds from pulling up and noshing on the crocus like they did in the Port of Ilwaco gardens last fall.  A new garden or container with soft soil is easy to plant AND easy to peck at.

"holographic' bird scare tape

“holographic’ bird scare tape

We did not intend to make a star…just used the holes already there on the sides of the boat.

Oh, how I look forward to getting back to creating the big garden bed here!

We went home in the dark after Allan went into Sid’s Supermarket to do a bit of shopping.

Sid's...dark at 5 PM

Sid’s…dark at 5 PM

Then back to sorting bulbs and again getting ahead far enough to be able to plant tomorrow.  There is no sign of a rainy day to get all the sorting done.  My thoughts, as they had been all day, were on a dear friend who is going through a terrible time.  Unlike last night, tonight I sorted without tears in the way.  Allan helped with a snack plate of cranberry-studded cheese, crackers, pickles, the last of the cherry tomatoes and some herring in sour cream.  I even moved on to the sorting for the NEXT day till the moment my back seized up and I decided the time had come to blog instead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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