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Wednesday, 27 November, 2013

And the day begins for Mary and Smokey:

Mary and her son Smokey (in his BirdsBeSafe collar)

Mary and her son Smokey (in his BirdsBeSafe collar)

I am pleased that we rendezvoused with Raymond at the Planter Box and got 4 scoops of delicious (to worms and plants) and visually pleasing Cow Fiber.

Raymond also has a larger machine for loading larger vehicles.

Raymond also has a larger machine for loading larger vehicles.

I was not so pleased by the return of bright sunshine.  Planter Box co-owner Teresa agreed with me that it is difficult to work outside at this time of year with the glare of the low angled sun making it hard to see, and she did not think I was crazy to say I would rather work in a light, not too cold rain.

Christmas trees, and 61 degrees out!

Christmas trees, and 61 degrees out!

Our mulching destination of the day:  The Boreas Inn.  There, I suddenly realized that the old daylily patch had to be dug out now so that mulch could be laid on the bed.  Allan did the digging; I was spreading mulch on three other beds and doing considerable trimming back of spent plants.

earlier this fall

earlier this fall

re-done today

re-done today

The daylilies were terribly boring old yellow and orange ones.  At least I think they were.  I don’t recall seeing a single flower this year, and I think they were deer food.  I picture ornamental grasses in their place.

Boreas garden, officially put to bed for the season!

Boreas garden, officially put to bed for the season!

looking east toward the Boreas Inn

looking east toward the Boreas Inn in August

Boreas

as it was in August

today

today, tucked up in a bed of dairy manure

all accomplished in the mind boggling glare of the sunshine

all accomplished in the mind boggling glare of the sunshine

I wondered if I would be able to find a shady spot across the street in Jo’s garden, the job that would keep us busy for the rest of the workday.  Imagine my delight when I found that the whole garden lay in shade!   When we arrived at 1:20 PM, the sun had dipped below some beach pines to the southwest of the lot.  For the next three and a quarter hours, we worked at blazing speed cutting down all the perennials and doing a fair amount of weeding.  Jo likes the perennials  FLAT for the winter.

1:20 PM, looking west from the front gate

1:20 PM, looking west from the front gate

4:30 PM

4:30 PM

The area above could be made flatter (for example, by cutting down the Schizostylis to the right)…but we were out of time and daylight.

by the middle gate, before and after

by the middle gate, before and after

We did a more thorough job at the west end of the garden (where we started today’s session).

Northwest garden, before

Northwest garden, before

after

after

and last July

and last July

Jo’s garden was a great hit on the Music in the Gardens tour this past summer.

west garden before

west garden before

after

after

and last July

and last July

A rose still blooming in the northeast garden

A rose still blooming in the northeast garden today

the northeast garden today

the northeast garden today

and last summer

and last summer

What a glorious year it was for Jo’s garden—now officially put to bed for the winter.  Because of the many beach pine needles that will fall on the garden between now and the end of our staycation, we will wait to mulch it sometime in February.  Jo credits last spring’s dairy manure mulch with giving the garden its best summer ever.

We dumped the weeds over the fence and loaded a trailer full of clean debris to add to my pile at home….but will unload tomorrow, as we went straight from work to a social engagement.

Allan and I had a dinner date for five PM with Kathleen S, would-be and we hope future Peninsulite, at the Lightship Restaurant’s Mexican Fiesta Night.

Kathleen arrives just in time to see the guacamole being made at tableside.

Kathleen arrives just in time to see the guacamole being made at tableside.

We do so wish that she could live here full time.  Work up north still has her in its clutches.

I had the crab stuffed chile relleno

I had the crab stuffed chile relleno, as did Kathleen.  The frame is for the amusement of Mr. Tootlepedal but it may be over the top!

Allan had an outstanding prawn fajita with rice and beans on the side.

Allan had an outstanding prawn fajita with rice and beans on the side.

We stayed talking and laughing till 7:40 PM and, due to being Thanksgiving eve, were the only people there.

At home, a certain tableau had hardly changed at all.

Do they move at all during the day?

Do they take any exercise at all during the day?

The “last visit” work list that stands between us and staycation would be getting shorter had I not forgotten two jobs and had to add them in.

work as of today

work as of today

Diane’s and the Red Barn will be a quick clean up of annuals after the next hard frost.  Long Beach and the Port of Ilwaco are the only big jobs left….(unless we decide to do that big garden bed for Erin….)  The more I look at the list, the more I think to myself that maybe Wiegardt Gallery and Klipsan Beach Cottages and The Anchorage Cottages are already done!

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