Tuesday, 18 April 2017
We were revived by our day off but were not ready to face the rest of the beach approach project. Today would be a day of smaller, easier jobs.
Next to the driveway as we left for work:
Port of Ilwaco
An event this Thursday at a port business inspired us to deadhead narcissi all along the Howerton Way gardens. We won’t be attending but we expect it to draw a crowd.
We want to make sure the gardens look nice for this business that watches out for flower jackers. (A few weeks ago, Allan got asked from the Freedom Market’s upstairs window what he was doing digging up plants in the garden. We appreciate that vigilance.)
We worked our way from east to west.
We will trim up those shrubs before the May 6th Children’s Parade and opening day of Saturday Market. No time for that today.
Allan went on to deadhead the west end while I weeded between Shorebank and the Port Office, including the little garden on the south side of the port office building. The tide was low…
Looking east, with lots of interesting driftwood
In the wheelie bin enclosure, I found a salvage piece which will be great to add to our fence. Its little doors will provide a peekaboo effect.
This went home with us.
Interlude at home
As we parked in front of our fence, I thought about how interested I would be to see our garden as a passerby.
I’d be looking over the fence for a better view.
I remembered a few gardens in Seattle into which I used to peer through and over fences.
The cats had something to say about how we should stay home for the rest of the day.
Calvin, being not especially outdoorsy, doesn’t much care whether we stay home or not. The garden looked extra fine and tempting.
I have pretty good willpower about going to work (necessary for longterm self employment). Off we went. The Anchorage Cottages We expected to just deadhead and weed. However, Beth needed help with the climbing hydrangea which had fallen over in the recent big windstorm. The wind was hard on a lot of the tulips in containers, especially in the office courtyard. They fared better in the more protected center courtyard.
Next, we picked up from the city works yard as much Soil Energy Mulch as today’s buckets would carry.
Our first mission was to mulch the corner bed at Veterans Field. Some sort of Veterans walk is beginning there later this week so we want it to look fluffy.
With that done, I went on a deadheading walkabout of the city planters and street tree gardens, while Allan went to weed and add some mulch in two areas of Fifth Street Park.
My photos while walking the planters:
Reminder to self: Put “dig out planter ivy” on the work board so I will remember it.
Note to self: plant many more ‘Lilac Wonder’. They are my favourite species tulip and they do so well here. I was awfully tired for the last two blocks of deadheading and figured as soon as we got home, I would sit down.
At home, I took four buckets of deadheads out to the compost bins while Allan (almost always a man of boundless evening energy) set to mowing the lawn.
The compost bins inspired some compost turning. A day of varied jobs is much less exhausting than an all day, same place weeding project.
I had gotten all excited when seeing the bottom of bin B:It wasn’t. But soon will be if I keep turning frequently. I need more green stuff before flipping another layer.
While Allan also mowed the next door lawn for our next door neighbour, I checked the hydrangeas over at the J’s garden for signs of life. The twigs are green when snapped but still no leaves, not even at the base.Back at home, a stunning narcissus with a deep green center (and tiny spider):
I got a bit of a start when I thought each leaf of my Davidia tree had a snail in it. No, those are flowers buds
Not like the horrible snails everywhere in my garden due to lack of time to properly police them.Tomorrow, yet another storm is due. I look forward to reading a book.