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Monday, 18 November, 2013

There was to be no planting of bulbs today, just some looking out the windows.  Because Olde Towne Café is closed on Mondays, I couldn’t enjoy one of my favourite rainy day activities of going there for coffee.

It is probably the time of year to take the screen off of the south window so that I can get better photos of the back garden in winter.

not so good

not so good

The cardoon is still up in the front garden, providing interesting structure.

out the front window

out the front window

Looking down, I see that the Dichroa febrifuga is still putting out fresh flowers.

Dichroa

Dichroa

Along the front entry walk, the structure for Halloween’s Corridor of Spooky Plants is still in place and must look odd to passersby who don’t know why it was there.  I realized we needed to dismantle the part that blocks the city meter reader from getting to the water meter.  Allan did it.  I’ll take the rest down someday soon.  It will be in my way when I plant my own bulbs.

former spooky plant corridor

former spooky plant corridor

looking east from the cat ramp window

looking east from the cat ramp window

In the sun porch window, a poster reminds me of the sunny day when the garden was on the Music in the Gardens tour in 2012.

Finally, I sorted my own bulbs into three batches for front yard, back yard, and the garden boat, so if I get a break in the weather the planting will go faster.

sorted

sorted

The little cardboard boxes that 50 or 100 bulbs came in are very handy for detailed sorting.  Then I was inspired by an entry in Sydney Stevens’ Oysterville Daybook blog to finish the spreadsheet counting of bulbs and came up with the figure of 5,513 bulbs planted.  That is based on what I planted new and on an estimate of 12 bulbs per planter for the 14 former windowboxes that I dismantled and replanted for Klipsan Beach Cottages.

Later, I read all the photo captions and perused the photos in a book about green roofs that I had happened upon at the Ilwaco Timberland Library.  As you can see, it had rotated from the Mountain View branch of the regional library.  I always have so many books ordered to read that I don’t do much spontaneous book selection.

roofs

roofs

I must admit I did not read all the technical parts as I doubt I will ever install a green roof other than, perhaps, on a small shed (and even that is unlikely).  I do love to look at them, though.

The High Line in New York

The High Line in New York…I would love to walk along it.

a good privacy wall in San Francisco

a good privacy wall in San Francisco

an echo of nature

an echo of nature

Armeria (sea thrift) in Cornwall

Armeria (sea thrift) in Cornwall

What I want the most:  a shipping container to be placed right where I want a shed between us and the bright lights on the neighbouring house’s garage.  (Would it be tall enough to block the light?)

This is glorious.

This is glorious.

The book is full of design ideas that would work just as well at ground level.

There may be a cessation of wind and rain tomorrow; I certainly hope to get back to bulbing because when we get all the bulb planting, cow fiber mulching, and fall clean up done, we can begin our staycation and have many days of reading.  I’d like to get a garden bed installed by Erin’s new garden boat, as well, but there will be a time when no matter what we have not done, staycation WILL begin.  The planting of the bulbs, though, is non-negotiable.

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