Friday, 27 March 2015
If we could get the sweet peas planted at the Boreas in today, the only sweet pea mission left would be mine at home and at the Ilwaco Post Office (our volunteer garden). I also have the Ilwaco boatyard on the list, just in case the sweet peas sprout well everywhere, and the slugs don’t get them, and no second planting is necessary, and there are some left over. It might be fun to have some growing on the chain link fence there. Or it might not be, as they would need more watering than the rest of the garden.
Today we had to start down along Howerton Way at the Port, deadheading narcissi. The weather looked chilly, and light rain was predicted. I would rather have stayed home with the cats. However, getting the work list whittled down is an irresistable goal at the busiest times of the year.
Tulip clusiana ‘Peppermint Stick’
small and exquisite
must plant more narcissi in these three beds next fall
Time Enough Books garden boat
Allan’s photo (includes, to the left, the tool he had “lost” and I found)
(I did not boastfully have that little boat named after me; it was the idea of Karla, who owns the fine bookstore in whose landscape the boat sits.)
Allan’s photo: tulips in the westernmost bed
Allan’s photo: tulips and Artemisia…I forget the name of this low one….”Silver Brocade’ I think
When I deadheaded the small bed on the south side of the port office, I had the idea that gravel along the back would be so helpful for a maintenance path and to keep water from splashing up onto the building. So we collected buckets of gravel from the port’s pile and fixed it. I think we’ll add another batch of gravel before we mulch the garden (which is high on the work list).
As workers, we get to drive down Waterfront Way to get the port office.
after: This should keep dirt from splashing up on the building.
Rain water falls through from the deck above with enough force to splash the dirt up along the back of the garden.
We stopped at home to pick up a plant I’d forgotten and the garden lured me in for a short while.
front garden thick with flowers
Pieris backed with Tulip ‘Gavota’
How I love the small cupped narcissi!
another well behaved hardy gernanium, and a white bucket where the BLUE bucket should be. ???!!?
Pulmonaria in Allan’s garden
fresh new growth from the floppy hellebore; we can cut the outside part back now that the flowers are fading. I wonder if it will bloom again?
Smokey appreciated our brief interlude at home.
Smokey in Allan’s garden
The plant that we picked up went into the planter by the Portside Café; it’s a variegated Erysimum with some yellow on the leaves.
Portside Café at First and Main
Allan deadheaded nearby planters and noticed someone had plucked and dropped some good narcissi flowers. Fie! That’s Narcissus bulbicodium (yellow hoop petticoats) with golden marjoram
Finally, we were done with Ilwaco and continued on our mission to get the Boreas Inn. However, on the way north I realized that we had better stop to check on the deadheading at…
The Depot Restaurant
The deadheading was not extensive; the window boxes in front were DRY (but we had a bucket of water with us), and I planted ten more oriental lilies.
The Depot garden
‘West Point’ Lily flowering tulips
On the way toward Long Beach, Allan suggested we should check the welcome sign. It also was not in need of much deadheading.
It’s unfortunate that there is chopped narcissi foliage in front. (They never grew that tall before.)
The garden looks better on a drive-by than under close scrutiny.
The back side narcissi did not give me a problem like the front did.
I suppose when we plant annuals, we’ll dig some of the too-tall narcissi out and plant them into a park. We made one more Long Beach stop: planting some white Dutch iris in the Veterans Field Garden.
Finally, the Boreas Inn!
I weeded and planted sweet peas in window box liners along the north fence, and for the first time, all along the south picket fence, below. It was no fun as I had to get underneath the deer netting. A few weeks ago, we half-moon edged the other side of the picket fence to clear this area for sweet peas. Planted some lily and Dutch Iris bulbs, too.
There’s netting at the height of the crossboards, making for awkward working.
Meanwhile, Allan worked on weeding the west lawn beds to prepare for poppy planting.
Allan’s photo, before
Allan’s photo, after
The garden suite deck
We found a bag of garden compost to use to fluff up along the picket fence where I had planted the sweet peas. It was wet and heavy, so Allan put it in a couple of buckets and top dressed the sandy soil along the fence. Susie was home and said it is her favourite garden bed.
I sure hope the sweet peas do well there.
A light drizzle and considerable wind had me thinking that I would not be able to plant the poppy seeds (as I don’t want to get the seed packets wet). The rain stopped just long enough to plant some different colours of California Poppies in the west beds…Copper Pot, Dusky Rose, Tequila Sunrise, Tropical Sunset, Thai Silk and Jelly Beans mix. Fingers crossed, as I always say about seeds. I don’t have as much faith in seeds as I do in bulbs.
As we worked further on the weeding of the west beds, the wind got worse and the drizzle returned and I finally couldn’t stand it anymore. (I am usually the one to decide it is time to bail out.) I realized that these beds really need mulching, and that the Depot garden doesn’t after all, so I need to switch that task on the “projects” list. The lawn beds here look low and I want to build them up.
Boreas lawn beds
Long Beach again
As we drove back to downtown Long Beach in the rain to pick just a few deadheads that I’d seen earlier, Allan suggested we stop at the Peninsula Art Association show, so we did! The location was the old clamshell railraod Depot in Coulter Park. (The Depot Restaurant is also an old train depot.) We walked through the back entrance of the park and I admired the Pieris and the Ribes sanguineum (flowering currant). I wonder if very many people walk back to see this display?
Ribes bracketed with Pieris
But ACK, there is an unclipped sword fern!
Another Pieris; one year, all three Pieris started to die. I gave them Dr. Earth rhododendron fertilizer and they recovered.
I also saw an unpruned hardy Fuchsia. The park needs some attention….later.
Entering the building, the first thing I saw, straight across from the door, was a gorgeous painting of irises. It was by our former client, Eric Wiegardt. Next to it sat a bouquet of pottery flowers by Karen Brownlee.
Wiegardt Irises and Karen Brownlee flowers. I was totally gobsmacked by this painting.
Once again, we had accidentally timed it perfectly to be there at the opening reception for the art show…snack time!
wine, crudités, dip, crackers, cheese, hummus…
and the most amazing huge and delicious chocolate dipped strawberries
I admired the view of the restful park while I noshed.
a tulip bouquet
artists and admirers
The woman to the right in the group above, in a mellifluous British accent, told me how much she loves all the gardens we do and that we add beauty to her life. I wanted to ask where she was from but it seemed a bit nosy to me at the time. Now I wish I had; she was ever so nice.
I especially like the painting of orange flowers, upper right
and this glorious flower painting, here with the artist, Carol Couch. She told me the flowers “came out of her head”.
On the way home we did stop and deadhead some narcissi, not many as most were holding up well. It required only one parking spot.
Long Beach planter vignette
I briefly toyed with the idea of going to the port, despite the wind, and getting more buckets of gravel to apply to the port office garden, just to have it done. Then the rain increased and I decided no.
23 MPH had been pretty miserable while we were working at the Boreas. Look at the gust of 49.5 on March 15 when I was at the Sylvia Beach Hotel during the storm; biggest gust so far in 2015 at the weather station partway up Sandridge Road; we probably get more wind than that at the port.
Soon after we were home and cozy with a cup of tea, the skies thoroughly opened with an impressive downpour and I was awfully glad we were not moving gravel in the fiercely pelting rain.
rain from the east window
and the north window
The rain is supposed to stop by noon tomorrow., and I want to get a lot done. I hope we will be able to get the Boreas Inn mulched. First, we will go to the Empty Bowls event even though I feel anxious about a slow start to the work day. I do treasure the bowls I’ve gotten the last two years. (You pick a handmade bowl, pay $10, and get soup and bread for lunch…or in our case, breakfast at 11 AM, and you get to keep the bowl; it benefits local food banks).
treausred bowls from previous years
Allan pointed out that I need a bigger bowl for my Earl Grey tea:
Earl Grey birthday gift from Kathleen
The work list is getting whittled down slowly.
decreasing work list…need to change “mulch Depot” to “mulch Boreas”
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