Thursday, 6 April 2017
We were surprised when the weather cleared up midmorning. Rain, wind, or sunshine, we had been planning to tidy the Ilwaco planters and street trees. Doing so in pleasant weather was a treat.
First, we did a bucket’s worth of weeding at our volunteer post office garden.
Even though they are still blooming, we will soon be replacing the woody old Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’.
“yellow hoop petticoats” (Allan’s photo)
Narcissus bulbocodium (Allan’s photo)
The weather got so warm that we went back home for summer shirts.
Look who I found snoozing together!
I also noticed a joyous sight: a special trillium from Dancing Oaks Nursery, that had been ever so tiny and that I thought had died, had popped up after all.
We did a bit more weeding at the community building.
Ilwaco Community Building
The back of the sign should have pastel tulips soon.
I met a very nice labradoodle named Curly.
trillium, which I rescued years ago from the road next to my old house when the road was being widened.
Peggy’s Park, on the east side of city hall, was planted by Gene and Peggy Miles
and remained in memory of Peggy, who died of ovarian cancer far too young and is still much missed.
Just inside city hall, this sign made me think:
Even when I am at my crabbiest and most anti social, it is highly probable that one of our gardens makes someone smile every day.
Next, Allan weeded and groomed Coulter Park because there will be an art show at the old train depot building over the weekend.
Allan’s photo; wind had the narcissi all facing backwards.
I deadheaded the two north blocks of planters and had a quick visit with Heather at our favourite shop, NIVA green (and refreshed my stash of photos for the shop’s Facebook page
just north of NIVA
Walking back north to meet Allan, I saw more evidence that 2nd North is now a deer intersection.
I felt a sprinkle and looked south, to see rain heading our way from Ilwaco.
By the time I rejoined Allan, the rain was coming down in earnest. He had the bright idea of cheating and knocking down the last of a weedy bit with the string trimmer. It worked a treat.
By then, I was in the van, watching.
I thought we would have to skip my idea of getting some mulch for Fifth Street Park. But by the time we had dumped our debris at city works, the sun was back and so we filled just four buckets with mulch. A sight there made me decide to save the rest of the mulch. I knew exactly where these plants came from: the southernmost planter on the east side of Pacific. I would need the rest of the pile to eventually fill it back in.
I’m glad that planter got dug out. It was too shrubby, going back to volunteer days.
The pile is getting small.
While Allan weeded in Veterans Field, I did two more blocks of trees and planters.
muscari in Vet Field (Allan’s photo)
anemone (Allan’s photo)
more Tulip acuminata (a favourite of mine)
This year the double and parrot tulips look just miserable so far. Maybe no more next year…even though I love them so.
On my way back to meet Allan at Vet Field, I encountered a woman and little girl with a big bouquet of narcissi and grape hyacinths. I said, “Oh, gee, I hope those did not come from the city planters.” “No, she picked them on the beach!” said the mom. “You must mean the beach approach garden,” I said, and she replied “No, they were on the beach.”
“On the beach, my arse,” I thought but did not say as I walked away. I knew darn well they were from the beach approach garden because I recognized them as ones I had planted…and they do not grow on the beach. Allan said he might have asked, “You mean the ‘beach’ area right past the Please leave the flowers for everyone to enjoy sign?”. I’m trying not to make a tourist’s day miserable so I wouldn’t go that far but…sheesh.
We drove out to check on the Bolstad beach approach planters.
If people would just not pick the flowers, there would be dozens more to brighten everyone’s day.
These were exactly the kind in the girl’s “beach” bouquet.
Allan dropped me off at the southernmost planters and we had a look at the empty one. It must be going to be fixed or replaced because last year a car drove into it.
We have never seen a planter empty before with all the works showing.
of great interest to us
Allan went to Fifth Street Park to weed while I did the last two block of main street planters.
happy and multiplying species tulips
narcissi and euphorbia
You might notice from these photos how much less pedestrian traffic we have on the south blocks of downtown.
Allan had remembered to weed out the bad aster corner in Fifth Street Park.
Finally, we deadheaded the planters on Sid Snyder Drive…
…and last, the little garden at the World Kite Museum.
The very last thing we had to do was deadhead narcissi in the window boxes at the Depot Restaurant, and we decided to eat there if they had room for us at the counter. They did.
Depot Restaurant and Sou’wester RV Park (Allan’s photo)
We wanted to have delicious things that will not be on the summer menu.
At home: The check up list is done. Of course, all the gardens need regular check ups from now on. The recent check up list was because of missing almost a month at some jobs due to incessant rain.
I’m glad we got caught up. Tomorrow’s predicted storm will most likely lay the narcissi and tulips on their sides.
(As I write this on Friday, we are halfway through the storm and have lost and then regained power. It is noisy; the tarp has blown off the stacked crab pots next door, and one of two highways leading to the Peninsula has been closed because of downed trees. I think the worst is over, so do not worry.)
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