Saturday, 18 February 2017
I had big plans to get four things crossed off the work list. We started with the tree that has pesky rugosa roses and with the planter nearest to it.
After cutting out the poky thing by the bench, I felt inspired to remove as much hesperantha and tired old ornamental grass as possible.
Meanwhile, Allan went after the annoying patch of volunteer rugosa roses, roots and all. (Because they are pesky and the roots run like fury, we will have to watch for returning sprouts.)
Next, we wanted to polish off the first spring clean up of Fifth Street Park.
Allan started with the hydrangea in the southeast corner.
I wanted the right hand one a little more upright. Easy to fix later.
It was a busy day because of a three day weekend.
My first project was the patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis) by the restroom.
By pulling a lot of the hesperantha, and getting its annoying self out of the other plants (like Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, which Allan clipped after the above photo), we will still have plenty for next fall while having a tidier garden bed now.
I did the same to the nearby street tree garden:
In a nearby planter, I found…
The northwest quadrant of the park also got a hesperantha going-over.
Allan had joined me before I finished. We’d got caught in a torrent of rain but had an escape at hand.
As the rain intensity decreased, my Dark Sky app was accurate about it stopping in 15 minutes. The prediction of drizzle for the following hour was, happily, inaccurate.
By the end of the rain squall, I knew we would only get two out of four planned projects done today. The temperature had dropped and a chilly wind kicked up. We went to the two northernmost blocks and finished the planters and street trees.
In the last planter of the day, we cut back the escallonia. Why a volunteer, back in the day, planted Escallonia ‘Pink Princess’ in two of the planters is beyond me. It would like to be at least 15 feet tall. By chopping it hard now, I won’t have to be clipping it all summer long.
and I did NOT see that piece of trash till I looked at this photo! (Later: Allan says he saw it and disposed of it.)
Before we dumped our full load of debris, I popped into NIVA green (my favourite shop). Almost a month ago I had taken some photos for its Facebook page. Every time I chose photos to post, I could not bear to post one of a copper clad “stump” because I wanted it for myself. It was a bit pricey and yet it had haunted me. Would it still be there a month later?
Yes! Twice, people had put holds on it and then not come back to pick it up.
Just after we dumped our debris, as Allan was locking the gate of the city works yard, the rain returned. Perfect timing.
At home, I got to erase two items but not the pond and popouts. Maybe tomorrow, or maybe not with wind and rain predicted.