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Today’s entry is in two parts because after this I want to focus on some cool plants at the Basket Case Nursery in an entry all its own.

But first:  Work.  At most times of the year, a day with .72 inches of rain predicted would be a welcome day off (especially after we have just worked 20-ish? days in a row).   But we are anxious to get done with annuals hell AND this weekend is a big holiday weekend here.  We want “our” resort and public gardens to look fine. Perfection will not happen due to weather.  But at least the Long Beach planters, we hoped, could be done.

We did sleep in to the sound of pounding rain, and then procrastinated, but by 11:30 I was pacing and looking out every window.  There was no lightness around the edges of the sky…

to the north

to the north

east from living room

east from living room

east from kitchen window

east from kitchen window

The plants lined up on the walkway are crying out to be planted.

The plants lined up on the walkway are crying out to be planted.

east sunporch rain barrel

east sunporch rain barrel

From the south window, the garden was just an impressionistic wet blur.

kinda painterly

kinda painterly

By noon, we decided we definitely had to go to work in our best raincoats and boots.  For some reason, going back to being a little child, I have never liked zipping up a rainboat so raingear only helps me somewhat….

the daily Ilwaco post office stop

the daily Ilwaco post office stop

We then procrastinated a bit more at Olde Towne Café where our intention was only to switch the compost bucket and get coffee drinks to go.  The company was good with stories of old Ilwaco so we were there till one.

by the Olde Towne counter

by the Olde Towne counter

Then we simply had to go to Long Beach.  I had (I thought) a complete list of the spaces and plants needed to fill them in all the five long blocks of street planters, and had (I thought) all the necessary plants in the car to complete the job.

It was wet.

It was wet.

Above is not one of my favourite planters.  It has lots of white yarrow in it from old volunteer days…and Lithodora on the edges!   One of my least favourite plants, although these look good because I have chopped them back hard, repeatedly.  One of these days I might redo this one completely.

In the background is one of my favourite shops, Home at the Beach, where I had a drawing prize to pick up from the recent Peninsula Cash Mob there.  I didn’t pick it up today because by then (having already planted in five planters) I would have dripped muddy water all over their floor.

The Wooden Horse

The Wooden Horse

The rain came pelting harder as we parked further into downtown.

The Wooden Horse

The Wooden Horse, where I briefly took shelter under an overhanging roof.

across the street:  The Hungry Harbor.  I like the owners a lot and try to make their planter extra good.  Favouritism!

across the street: The Hungry Harbor. I like the owners a lot and try to make their planter extra good. Favouritism!

We made it all the way to the stoplight.  I needed a couple more trailing plants for a planter to the north of there but…I was out as had found some spaces that I had missed noting and had filled with what we had with us.  I also noticed that the two planters in front of the Cottage Bakery and Funland needed more stuffage.  (I think it was my garden writer guru Ann Lovejoy who coined the phrase “The principle of stuffage” to describe filling planters with sheer exuberance.  And in our beachy winds, lots of plants help hold each other up.)

So with a dearth of plants to finish the job, we peeled off our miserable wet raincoats and got in the car to go local nursery shopping for more ingredients.

from our last LB parking spot of the day

from our last LB parking spot of the day

At the Basket Case we picked up a flat of godetia for Andersen’s RV Park.  I had almost forgotten to get some; owner Lorna loves them.  The plan had been to plant them today as well, and weed there for three hours or so, but dang blang it! We could not take any more rainy work.   With rain still lashing the greenhouse roofs, I walked around enjoying Nancy’s basket making artistry.

Baskets for sale:

Basket Case

Basket Case

basketsbaskets

the blues

pinks

More on the great selection of perennials there in my next post.

We then drove a few blocks up Sandridge, over Cranberry, and back south a long block to The Planter Box to get more Cosmos and Salvia patens.  We also picked up three different handsome, colourful thymes.  They make excellent edgers in Long Beach planters that tend to get sat upon, like the one by Funland.

three colours of thyme

three colours of thyme

Teresa showed me, on her camera, photos of the latest delivery of cow fiber from Tillamook, Oregon.

cow fiber (washed manure) delivery

cow fiber (washed manure) delivery

They now have a generous supply, and I cannot recommend this product highly enough for mulching your garden.

plenty of cow fiber

plenty of cow fiber

Planter Box also had an amusing new hummingbird food for sale:

the finest vintage of hummer food.

the finest vintage of hummer food.

I wish my garden tools had ducky handles.

tools

And there were new baby chicks.

babies

It’s a real farm store with livestock feed and supplies along with a huge selection of perennials, trees, and shrubs.

We gave up on planting and went home at five.  I changed into dry clothes and socks before sorting out and watering today’s purchases in the garage.  (Each plant got burbled, dunked in a bucket of water till the soil stopped bulbing, to ensure their happiness.)   The rain on our south window was even more fierce…

NO lightness around the edges

NO lightness around the edges

And from the garage, Lake Street appeared to live up to its name.

Lake Street

We had 1.33 inches of rain today by the time we were both indoors for the evening.

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