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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

I got very little sleep because of worrying that we were both going to get sick.  With the clam festival coming up, we had much to do in Long Beach town.  There is no back up plan if we can’t do it; all of our other working gardener friends are even busier than we are.

Little dramas loom large when one is self employed.

Allan felt poorly in the morning with sniffles and a cough, and yet with the good weather, we did go to work.  It is maddening; we were so good about disinfecting our hands every time we went somewhere public, and yet…the germs got him.

If only we could have followed Skooter’s example:

Skooter

(Skooter has a chin condition, a problem common with orange cats, says the vet.  My orange cat of years ago, Valene, had the same thing.)

On the way, we dropped off a book at the library (housed in the Ilwaco Community Building).

at the Ilwaco Community Building

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ at the community building

The community building garden needs a bit of weeding…(not shown in the photos above).

In case I end up having to go to work on the bus later this week, we went to the two least-accessible-by-bus jobs first.

The Red Barn

Because I am thinking of using a different plant for the centerpiece of the Ilwaco planters, Allan pointed out how good the Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ looks at the Red Barn.  They get less wind here.

My very good friend Rosie was at the barn.

Diane’s garden

My very good old friend Misty greeted us next door at Diane’s garden.

snoozing

till the camera clicked

The septic box bulb display pleased me; we had missed some of it, of course.  After deadheading:

Muscari ‘Bling Bling’

Muscari paradoxum

I was pleased to find sweet peas just emerging along the picket fence.

The corner driveway garden needs mulching; soon, I hope. I asked Allan to take this photo, and did not get what I wanted, which is the fact that the Stipa gigantea grass is already showing flower spikes.  Oops, I should have specified.

Long Beach

Long Beach had been on the schedule for all day this coming Thursday, to get the parks and planters perfect for the Razor Clam Festival.  I was fretting about what would happen if we both got sick and could not work then.  So we did a lot of it today, which led to more fretting on my part that I was going to make Allan sicker by having him work.  I brooded about how I recently delayed one day taking Calvin to the vet, prioritizing work instead because he seemed not especially sick, and then…we know how that turned out.

We went down the six downtown blocks of street trees and planters, deadheading.  I felt reassured each time I saw Allan taking a photo, figuring it must mean he did not feel too terrible.  (He said, “It’s easier than working!”)

Allan’s planter and tree garden photos:

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ and Tulip ‘Silverstream’ and Tulip sylvestris

Geum ‘Mango Lassi’ and muscari

Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ in street tree garden (with tulip)

Tulip ‘China Town’ and Fritillaria meleagris

Tulip ‘Princess Irene’

AKA ‘Prinses Irene’

Tulip ‘Silverstream’

Van Engelen catalog says: A magical sport of Jewel of Spring, fragrant Silverstream ranges from creamy-yellow to deep yellow with red feathering, to red with every combination in between. But the surprise garden party doesn’t stop there: it has showy, attractive foliage with silver-white margins. (Did you know that the phenomena of marginated foliage occurs due to a lack of or insufficient pigmentation and chlorophyll in the plant cells on the outer petal edges?)

I did not think to smell the tulips nor did I notice white margins on the foliage.

street tree garden

Tulips ‘Green Wave’ and ‘Formosa’

Tulip ‘Formosa’

lower left: a tulip ‘Sensual Touch’ that went mushy with rain

My planter and tree garden photos:

Tulips that had been broken, and not by the wind.

Tulip ‘Silverstream’

As you can tell by now, I planted a big run of Silverstream through town.  I think they are too tall to choose again.  And the color variation is nice but it does not thrill me.

one of the viridiflora (green) tulips…too tired to look it up

Tulip ‘Strong Gold’ in one of the windiest planters. Short and strong.

Tulip ‘Strong Gold’

Tulip ‘Strong Gold’…would that all tulips were this tough

more Silverstream

Tulip ‘Sensual Touch’ and Tulip acuminata

Tulips ‘Sensual Touch’ and ‘Black Hero’

Tulips ‘Green Star’, sylvestris, acuminata

Tulip ‘Sensual Touch’

Tulips ‘Prinses Irene’, ‘Sensual Touch’, ‘Black Hero’

We also weeded in Fifth Street Park because…Razor Clam Festival!  Fifth Street Park needs so much more attention, and I hope we can do more later this week.  So much horsetail, so much wild garlic.  (No photos there.)

We went on to Veterans Field, which will be the central place for the clam festival.  It is not ideal to deadhead and weed four days before the festival, but needs must.

Veterans Field flag pavilion garden

The last time we were in Long Beach, Allan asked where the blue was in that arc garden.  I said the grape hyacinth along the edge.  Well, now look at what a string trimmer did:

Muscari ‘Ocean Magic’ as was

And right before the festival, when we were trying to make it perfect despite feeling poorly.  I wanted to lie down on the lawn and blub, but it would be too hard to get back up again.  Some white narcissi were also casualties along the edge.  Then I thought…Ok, maybe this is a sign that I do not have to struggle so hard and fret so darn much about making it perfect.  Maybe I can stop worrying about whether we will be able to get back to deadhead on Thursday.

Still….dang blang it!

On the way south, we deadheaded the welcome sign.

And finally, we paused at the

Shelburne Hotel

where I planted 9 more violas and two Agastache ‘Apricot Sunrise’.  I would like to have weeded more, but we had already worked four hours longer than I had originally planned and Allan was not feeling any better.  The question is, was it wiser to work today so that we can take a day off? Or did it make everything worse?  It would have been so bad if we had stayed home today and then both got sick and couldn’t do a thing before the weekend.  It would be even worse if we got even sicker.  Such woes of self employment have plagued me for the last 42 years.

three by the fig tree, the rest in front

If the gardens in Long Beach are not perfect when you attend clam festival, you now know why.  We forgot to stop at First Place Mall on the way south and deadhead the one dead narcissus that I noticed in the planter there.  I will try not to lose sleep over it.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2018

I was mighty surprised to wake up to working weather.

looking out the front door

I wish I could photograph white flowers well.  I guess I need to read up on how to do it.  I do find it helps to boost the highlights in editing.

at home, Fritillaria meleagris alba (backed with the regular purple ones)

Long Beach

I was eager to finish the mulching of the Long Beach trees and planters.  The day would be interrupted by another project, but we got a good start while waiting for a text.

First, the mulch. The pile is getting very low; we are promised more soon. (Allan’s photo)

It was so windy….and not especially cold.

Veterans Field, Allan’s photo. The ginormous American flags had been taken down, probably because of the storm.

I love peony and fringed tulips.  Some have turned to mush because of the rain, but not all.

Tulip ‘Sensual Touch’, Tulip acuminata (also a tulip that I love)

Lewis and Clark Square planter

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ (Allan’s photo)

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ (Allan’s photo)

another wee species tulip (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

Tulip ‘Silverstream’ (Allan’s photo)

A business had left out some flourescent tubes in the garden…for the city crew to pick up, apparently??  I hope no one decides it would be fun to break these into the garden bed.

Allan’s photo

Our text arrived that Sea Star Gardening had dropped off a fig tree for us, so we stopped Long Beach and drove a couple of miles south to

The Shelburne Hotel

When I had emailed owner Tiffany to ask if she’d like a fig tree in the back garden (a herbs and edibles theme), she replied that she had, the very night before, dreamed that she was trying to figure out where to put a fig tree there.  That’s cosmic.  I replied that it could go into a warm nook on the south wall (where it might eventually fill in the space and need some pruning.  Maybe after we retire! If we ever do).

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I fervently hoped that I would not find a stump under the tatty landscape fabric in that nook.  I remembered how years ago a big ball of conifer grew in there.  No stump was found, hallelujah!

Allan’s photo

There was much sotto voce and sometimes whispered argy bargy about proper depth of the hole, what to do with the gravel, and so on.  We don’t want to end up on a Trip Advisor review as the arguing gardeners who ruined a guest’s peaceful afternoon.

We pulled out the lightweight fabric and used the gravel to make a building maintenance and wood protection U shaped edge, planted the tree,  and put in some herbs for now (which eventually will get moved because of fig tree shade).

The six railroad tie enclosed squares in the back garden are going to be removed to make a big patio.  I saved a French sorrel from one of those beds and planted it in front of the fig…It will be okay there for awhile.  When we get the west beds cleared of orange montbretia, we will also save the many chives and make an edge out of them.

In the front garden, some Tulip ‘Lilac Wonder’ are left from bulb plantings I did over ten years ago.

Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’

Our project took a couple of hours (along with some weeding). Today would have been a good day to dig out orange montbretia in the sheltered, almost windless Shelburne garden, but instead we went back to

Long Beach

to finish mulching the trees and planters.

Just as we were leaving the Shelburne, I got a call from Parks Manager Mike that the crew had removed the huge miscanthus which had been crammed (by the original landscape architect) into a narrow bed in Fifth Street Park.  We went to fix up that area first thing.

last November

the cut back grass after we tagged it a couple of weeks ago

before, the rose can breathe easy this summer. (Allan’s photo)

after, with an Eryngium ‘Jade Frost’ added. (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

In the city works yard, where we bucketed up enough soil for the last two blocks, we saw the resident killdeer.

The pile is almost gone now. (Allan’s photo)

The wind of 25-35 mph had gotten not just pushy but cold, so the last two blocks were a miserable time. I had almost decided to leave it for another day. However, when loading the soil, I remembered that the new season of Deadliest Catch starts tonight.  I would have felt weak and foolish if I had quit the job because of some cold dry wind, gone home, and found later that Deadliest Catch was on my DVR.

Our work is not this hard.  (photo courtesy Discovery Channel, Deadliest Catch)

I had not taken many photos today because the wind sapped my enthusiasm.  In the final two blocks, I managed a few.

Muscari armeniacum

tiny white narcissi with tiny cup

Narcissi bulbocodium ‘Golden Bells’

a different and more subtle muscari

Tulip ‘China Town’

Tulip ‘China Town’

We had enough buckets of soil left to weed and mulch the “tiny pop outs” on Ocean Beach Boulevard, a block north of city hall.  That was the coldest and worst part of the the day.

a sad mess, before (Allan’s photo)

after (Allan’s photo)

Allan’s photo

 

Don’t look close; I did not get every weed.

I have decided to not battle the yellow evening primrose in these little beds, having read in The Evening Garden that it is fragrant at night.  Neither of these get any supplemental water in summer unless we remember to bucket water them.

The red rhododendron is in bloom at city hall.

This mean it must be soon be time to make a spring visit to Steve and John’s Bayside Garden!

On the way home, we paused to photograph the welcome sign, where the tulips are coming on strong.

In the front, I tried a different Colorblends mix than usual, “Big Ups.”

just starting out, hope the deer don’t browse them…

The back has ‘Trident Mix’.

At home, I was able to erase three jobs from the work board.  (The roses thing is just to dig up a few more rugosa roses along the street edge of the beach approach for two friends who want some but were out of town during our clean up of that garden.)

If the forecast of rain and 45 mph wind comes true for tomorrow, it will most decidedly not be a work day.

 

 

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Saturday, 26 March 2016

We got up early (for us) in order to go to the high school and caucus for Bernie Sanders.  At this caucus for the democrats, Bernie was the most popular candidate by far, leading to a larger number of Bernie delegates being sent to the state convention.

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Outside the high school. We live in a fishing town.

If you wish to know  how it works, you can read more about the event here:

“PACIFIC COUNTY — During Saturday’s Democratic caucuses, Pacific County voters showed an overwhelming preference for Bernie Sanders, the Vermont democratic socialist who has galvanized young voters with his populist platform.

Just over 81 percent of the county’s caucus participants supported Sanders, and just under 19 percent supported Clinton — a 62 percent margin, according to the Washington State Democrats website. That means Pacific County will send 77 Sanders delegates, and 18 Clinton delegates to the next step in the process, the 19th Legislative District convention.”

I am pleased to live in such a progressive area.

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at the caucus

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Tiffany Turner of Adrift Hotel opens the proceedings.

Above: To the right in red is Karen Brownlee, the potter who organized the recent Empty Bowls event.

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Del Murry, Long Beach city councilman and, like me, a Ramones fan.

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My friend Annie and I picked different candidates but were getting along fine. (Allan’s photo)

I did not like it one little bit when the reporter from the local paper stuck her camera right up in our faces without asking.  Allan managed to take the above photo without my even knowing he was doing so.

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The counting of the paper ballots.  (Photo taken unobstrusively from the other end of the table!)

Our table adjourned into another building to hear some citizen speeches about why each of the two candidates was supported (Bernie, except for three speakers).

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speeches

I find it hard to stand for a long stretch of time because of knee pain and lightheadedness, so we left before the speeches ended, having already done the important part of making our choice.  And our minds were not going to be changed; that was the purpose of the speechifying (some of it most eloquent, especially when I was in agreement); at the end, attendees would be given the opportunity to change their choice.  Oh, how sad it makes me to not choose the female candidate.  It would be a wonder to see a liberal woman president in my lifetime.  As a feminist since age 12, it is disappointing, but I just find Ms. Clinton too hawkish and too much of the moneyed class.  I’ll vote for her if she wins the national nomination, which I do think she will because…money wins.  However, we live in hope.

On the way out of the parking lot, we drove by the two excellent flowers displays that someone has planted along School Road.

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Allan’s photo

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Depot Restaurant

We had a brief mission at the Depot: deadheading.

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Allan’s photo

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Long Beach

More deadheading ensued in Long Beach along with the planting of two of my birthday Asphodeline lutea ‘Italian Gold’.

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Allan was asked what these are: Tulip bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’, a naturalizing little tulip which has formed a good clump among the rugosa roses by the police station.

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Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

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Tulip clusiana ‘Lady Jane’

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Tulip acuminata

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I am smitten with these weird thin tulips.

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Tulip acuminata

 

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Tulip ‘Exotic Emperor’ and Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’

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Allan’s photo: The most boring planter for the rest of the year is in its brief moment of glory.

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Allan’s photo: our nemesis in a tulip

I see that Allan also noticed my new-this-year Tulip acuminata.

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Tulip acuminata (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip acuminata (Allan’s photo)

“The rare Fire Flame or Turkish Tulip dates back to at least the early 1800s. This rare heirloom has a wild form with uniquely narrow yellow flower petals edged and prominently tipped scarlet.”  (Van Engelen)  They are $2 apiece!

Basket Case Greenhouse

Last time we’d been to the Basket Case, I had been in too much leg pain to shop properly, so today we made up for it with another purchase and some more photos for the Basket Case Facebook page..

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greenhouse kitty (Allan’s photo)

I asked Allan to go to the way back yard to get a photo of skunk cabbage.

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Fred told him that a British man had asked if the nursery had them for sale, and said that in the UK, they are sold as “swamp lanterns”.  I was so pleased, as I was going to say again in the blog that I had read that they are called swamp lanterns in the UK.  I had been afraid to Google and find out it was not true, because I like the story so much.  Much joy that it is confirmed by Fred’s customer.

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Swamp Lanterns is such a good name.

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Allan’s photo: The hanging baskets, still young, will be completely covered with flowers later on.

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Fred and I discussed more possible plants to order.

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I got my birthday violas…forgot last time.

Golden Sands Assisted Living

I had some seeds to plant (bachelor buttons and sweet peas), along with some gladiolus bulbs donated by our client Jo.

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at last some colour in the Golden Sands garden

Klipsan Beach Cottages

Deadheading narcissi, a bit of weeding, and planting of sweet peas took place at KBC, along with a discussion of knee replacement by friend and KBC manager Denny, who has had one knee done and may have the second about the same time that I have my first.  Denny is very happy with his new knee.  He said that the one thing I must NOT do is push the knee out sideways and “pop it out”.  I worried over this for quite some time while working, as this is how I work, and is how I have gardened for forty years.

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I think I am going to be in trouble.

My “bad” leg (right) is always straight and my good leg (left) bent.  If I forget to bend my knee now and then on the bad one, it locks straight and is hell to bend.  How am I going to relearn how to work in a way that does not push my leg sideways? I  pivot on that leg pretty much all workday long.  I have 7-10 months to try to figure out a solution to this.  It is making me rethink the whole thing a bit.  I wonder if I could get a brace to wear instead of a new knee.  (I am not kidding, nor am I making light of polio, which my former partner had as a child.)

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(Edited the next day to add:  My friend Sheila told me about knee braces that tennis players can wear after knee surgery.  I especially like the look of one like this:

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And another friend who has had both knees replaced tells me it is only until the knee gets strong again that you must worry about it going sideways.  So my concerns have been laid to rest.)

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People think my back must hurt but it is generally powerful and cooperative.

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clam cleaning shed patio (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo, clam shed patio

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clothes drying on the deck of one of the cottages (Allan’s photo)

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Allan’s photo

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Euphorbia (Allan’s photo)

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Callistemon (Allan’s photo)

The reminds me, why why why do I still not have an Embothrium in my collection?

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sword fern unfurling (Allan’s photo)

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in the fenced garden

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Erythronium (from my mom’s garden)

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gorgeous new foliage of Thalictrum ‘Elin’ (will get eight feet tall)

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buds on Peony ‘Molly the Witch’

Real name is mlokosewitschii.

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Tulip ‘Orange Princess’

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one of the little narcissi

I had wanted to deadhead and the Anchorage Cottages and then plant three plants in Long Beach on the way home.  A long rain storm passed over us all the way south so we just went straight to the…

Port of Ilwaco.

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looking west from the east end port garden (Allan’s photo)

Editorializing: Nearby, grass by the parking lot was Round-up-ed.  Does it look better this way or green?

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Now it does not have to be mowed or strimmed.  But…

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narcissi to deadhead (Allan’s photo)

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prowling for deadheads (Allan’s photo)

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Tulip turkestanica closed up for the evening (Allan’s photo)

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garden boat at Time Enough Books.  (Owner Karla named it, not me.)

I had picked some rosemary for Salt Hotel’s kitchen and, after delivering it and having a pleasant chat with Julez and Laila, we returned home, after making a spontaneous stop to pop three plants into one of the Ilwaco planters (Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’, a variegated oregano and a golden thyme).

More knee thoughts:  From my seat in the van, upon leaving and arriving home, I see this cluster of grassy weeds on the edge of the garden.

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little weeds

I find it extremely difficult to believe that I am supposed to not pull these for THREE months after the operation.  I know the first month will hurt, but come on!  There is no way I am going to be able to resist pulling weeds like this, especially if I am not going to work.  Some long handled tools are in order; I am used to bending right down and grabbing out any weed I see.

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a grand bit of front garden

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Tulip ‘Green Star’

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front garden

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Erysimum ‘Winter Orchid’

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Erythronium (dogtooth violet)

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Fritillaria meleagris

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Tulip ‘Gavota’, three years old and getting smaller in flower

Guest photo:

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bouquet and photo by Todd Wiegardt for a memorial service

Ginger’s Garden Diaries

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from my mother’s garden diaries of two decades ago

1997 (age 72):

March 26:  Don came to help chipping of pile behind garage but the chipper cord was stuck too tight to start machine.  I left message for Bill [her “handyman”] to see if he can get it going.

1998 (age 73):

March 26: 1:00-4:30  Cool—rainy and sunshine.  I started a big job today.  How come I like to work in my strawberries best?  I started cleaning the rows.  The first one was easy—mostly new plants from Gordons.  But by the time I started the second row, I realized most plants needed to be divided and it’s easier to dig all the plants and divide them at the work table so I tried that but got rained on.  I divided them in the greenhouse.  I hope to continue this work tomorrow but it will take several days.

 

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