Tuesday, 1 March 2016
The weather was changeable and predicted to worsen through the day.
Even though I had woken up intending to read books all day, I suddenly had in mind two indoor projects. The first: To photograph my grandma’s wonderful old scrapbooks, one from about 1905-10ish and one from about 1914-1924. I set about it with a fervent will, feeling pressured by the visit to a neurologist on March 3, which suddenly was looming near, and by the fear of a brain tumor and of losing the ability to do visual projects. My primary care provider suggested that possibility among many to rule out. Of course, having had a friend who went blind and later died of a brain tumor, those words stuck hard in my brain.
After I had photographed the albums, including closeups of individual pictures, a sun break insisted I go outdoors and plant my lilies and two perennials; the wind did not give a break at all.
A strong sweet scent let me know that my Azara is in bloom.
Back to the project. Rain and wind cooperated by lashing the house all afternoon so that I did not feel guilty about being inside.
While scanning would be better, I don’t have the right kind of scanner (although now Allan tells me he thinks the iPad app would work well). A graphics-inclined friend is interesting in scanning some of the images. Meanwhile, I will be posting the photographed images pretty regularly on my new side blog, The Grandma Scrapbooks.
I got one scrapbook album partially uploaded to the new blog, and then had to tear myself away to attend an event at Salt Hotel.
“Join us for a Salty Talks presentation featuring Nancy Fernandez, a climate change intern with the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park as she delves into the history of plant phenology as seen through the eyes of Lewis and Clark, and gives practical information about Project Budburst. This 6:30pm Salty Talks presentation takes place at the Salt Hotel & Pub in Ilwaco, WA and is free, open to the public. Come early or stay late for a bite and a brew.
Salty Talks are sponsored by the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in partnership with the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, the Lewis & Clark National Park Association, and the Salt Hotel & Pub. The Salt Hotel & Pub is located at 147 Howerton Ave. Ilwaco, WA.”
For example, if a certain flower blooms early, it will be done by the time a butterfly needs it for food or egg laying host.
Look at the difference in when deciduous trees leaf out:
Here is how folks in the USA can help track these changes:
Either help record plants at the Project Budburst website, or participate in the BioBlitz:
Budburst looks easy and I hope to participate. The website even has a place to upload a photo and get feedback on plant ID.
My lecture notes were sparse, but here they are:
“Observe the face of the country its growth and vegetable production” was part of Lewis and Clark mission
Between Jan 20-Feb 28 1806: They mentioned or described more than three dozen plant species using at least 200 technical botanical terms.
After the lecture, fortified with a Gibson (like a martini but with a cocktail onion), I gregariously showed all my acquaintances how delicious my Azara tree flowers smell. Everyone seemed appreciative, or perhaps polite.
At home, I got right back to uploaded photos, finishing scrapbook number one in time to watch a movie (past midnight, but we knew that tomorrow would be a stormy day off). Party Girl, while still pleasantly full of the Dewey Decimal system, was not as good as I remembered from 20 years ago.
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Plants came from Gossler Farms.
Allan unpacked them for me and set them on the porch, as it was too stormy to plant and was obsessed with my scrapbook project. I felt I had just one more day to finish before the axe of doom visit to the neurologist.
Allan got some photos of the rain in the bogsy woods:
Speaking of phenology, these parrot tulips should bloom in May:
I obsessively uploaded scrapbook photos into future posts on the Grandma’s Scrapbooks blog, working non stop, refusing any interruptions (not very politely), and finishing at 10:30 PM. That’s about 400 photos cropped, rotated, fussed over (probably not hard enough) and uploaded in two days. The second indoor project is to record the interesting photos from my grandma’s old photo albums. Of course, I also recently transcribed all the garden writings of her daughter, my mother:
Ginger’s Garden Diaries
from my mother’s diaries of two decades ago:
1995: (age 70)
March 1: Nice day but yesterday I pulled a lot of the large leaves off the new bulbs in front tam area [former bed of juniper tams, now a flower bed]. They were all stuck together and matted. I left a few on the bulb area as it is still below freezing at night. Today I raked those leaves and bagged them for chipping.
1998 (age 73)
March 2: Cool and rainy. 12:30-3:45. I started cleaning out VBW [can’t decode this! V—? Bed West] but soon got rained in—to the shop. I got all the new begonias in peat moss and vermiculite into individual pots—13 trays of pots (about half are last year’s bulbs and half new ones).