Monday. 7 November 2016
Our mission today was to finish still more fall clean up.
Fifth Street Park was first on the agenda. We did not know for sure if the Christmas sea serpent would be installed at the top of the fence on the northwest side. Allan got the area ready just in case. His photos:
At the last minute, I decided he should not cut that one big miscanthus. It still looks good, and balances the ones on the other side. It is the last of several that were on the north side. They were removed because the businesses behind them did not like the blocked visibility.
The other grass that Allan did chop all the way looked tatty and was more in the way of the dragon. I mean sea serpent. I always think of it as a dragon.
Meanwhile, I tackled the south east quadrant of the park.
Now the city crew will easily be able to clean out the pond.
We both worked on a difficult rectangular bed in southwest quadrant. It is rooty, soggy, and always a misery to weed.
At home, we watched some telly. Stressful suspense about the election was foremost in my mind. As I write this five days later, to be published a week later, I am glad I was not too hopeful that a progressive government devoted more more than less to human rights would win. You know how that turned out. Sleep eluded me for the most part.
In good news:
1995 (age 71):
Nov 7: Received firewood in pouring rain ($75.00). They insisted it was dry. Del Lord offered a tarp—much appreciated as the tarp I planned to use was very wet.
1997 (age 73):
Nov 7: I did paperwork so got a late start outside. So I only worked a couple of hours. I planted a few tulips in the patio and UDFB [Upper Driveway Flower Bed]. I pulled scads of sweet woodruff and cut back several perennials and weeded so at least the UDFB is put to bed for the winter. Later I’ll add some mulch. Also stepped on Hardy Fuchsia shrub. Damn.
1998 (age 74):
Nov 7: Noon-6:00 Peeled apples all afternoon, and got 10 more pints canned slices.
- Clean the rest of the pots and containers
- Plant Park Seed perennials
- Start planting container bulbs
- Cut back all plants that have frozen