Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Jay and Jodie’s
We had unexpectedly workable weather and began across the street at the J’s cottage. I’d been itching to cut back the sword ferns. We’d begun this job last year in mid summer and so had not been able to clip them thoroughly.
In the back garden, Allan found pots needing drainage.
Partway through the job, I took a 20 minute break to walk down to the nearby fire station with a local firefighter who is planning to beautify the landscape there.
I said that with proper notice, I’d volunteer to help weed and also to help select plants. It was a volunteer project I’d been planning to do myself…someday…so am glad someone else has taken it in hand.
In the early afternoon, we tackled the Heron Pond, at the corner of Bolstad and Pacific. You can look at it any time on the Heroncam.
Oh, how I loathe the salal in this garden, obviously not planted by us. Last year I pulled and pulled and clipped it along the front here. Of course, the dastardly stuff is back.
This is a case where the human does not win. I didn’t even try to fight the damn stuff this year, just clipped some of it back. That and aegepodium (variegated bishops weed) are my two most loathed plants. Just don’t fall for them!
We then weeded and sheared grasses in three little pop outs on Ocean Beach Boulevard. We found to our surprise that the cold wind that we’d felt at the pond garden was much less annoying here at the first two pop outs. We had almost quit for the day after the pond; I was glad we had persisted.
The second little pop out was not especially photogenic before OR after. For the last two years, someone has adopted it and planted annuals toward the front, so we simply weeded it and will wait to see what happens.
Half a block north, a citizen has been experimenting in his front yard with escallonia topiary.
Someone has already cut back the dwarf pampas grass in the BIG pop out so we drove right by it to the third and fourth little ones, a block north of city hall.
The wind had gotten deathly cold and so every little weed did not get pulled today.
I think that mugo pine has to totally go away…sometime. These tiny garden beds get no supplemental water and are probably browsed by deer so I’ll have to ponder on it.
After dumping our debris, we were so glad to get home. Before enjoying the warmth of the house, we had a little chat with our new neighbour, Devery, who was looking spiffing as always in, today in a checked jacket with a matching hat. I’m so looking forward to sitting in the garden with her this summer when warm weather returns. At present, it’s hard to picture summer because I have done almost no spring clean up on my own garden.
I was able to erase three spring clean up jobs from the work board.