Friday, 21 April 2017
I had some small work tasks to complete, after which I figured we would make it out to the beach approach to get at least half a garden section weeded and clipped.
But work we must.
Port of Ilwaco
A bit late, I transplanted some chives and elephant garlic to the Freedom Market garden.
We decided we had better dig out the ivy in the big Lewis and Clark Square planter next, in case we punctured the sprinkler system. Best to not do that, but if it happened, best to do it when the city crew is available rather than after hours.
While Allan did the digging, I planted some Geranium ‘Rozanne’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ in nearby planters.
Folks were gathering in Veterans Field, half a block away, for a “Walk for Veterans”.
The planter in question (Allan’s photos), before:
That was not easy.
When we arrived at city works, we learned that the planter at the south end of town was ready to plant. I’d noticed the same planter as before, still roughly mortared, but now full of soil again. The crew had met with the frustration of the one replacement planter breaking when they tried to move it…so now they will be doing their best to re-mortar the old one and make it look good. Therefore, it was time for us to plant it. This changed our day by giving us a more pleasant project than weeding the beach approach.
We rescued the little roses that I had heeled into the mulch pile and that had gotten covered with a new load of mulch!
I also gathered some little shrubs, left over from volunteer planter days, that I would put elsewhere rather than back into the planter.
Last fall, a vehicle drove into this planter and cracked it, and moved it enough to crush the plumbing system (now fixed).
It makes me nervous to plant all fresh plants for fear someone will steal them.
Next…something that we had to do today…
The Red Barn’s…
…little garden needed deadheading and weeding.
While I was weeding, one of the dogs came by…
and snubbed me!
Next door, we deadheaded and weeded at Diane and Larry’s place.
In the past, fringed tulips’ edges have browned off in the rain. This year, we got massive record breaking amounts of rain and yet the fringes look great!
Basket Case Greenhouse
We drove a mile or so up Sandridge Road to get some plants for the almost empty Long Beach planter.
Now we were able to make more of a planter impact, leaving room for annuals when the weather is a bit warmer.
At City Hall, we planted a couple of shrubs from the planter’s former array.
It had gotten HOT today, and for once I had been grateful for a cool wind.
We just barely had time to go home, unhook the trailer, unload some plants, load a couple agastaches, drive back to Long Beach, plant the agastaches in the planter, and be ten minutes late for dinner with Dave and Melissa (Sea Star Gardening) at
The Cove Restaurant
The four of us solved some of the world’s problems (we wish); tomorrow Allan and I will try to solve more at an Earth and Science Day demonstration.