Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Two nights of poor sleep from assorted aches and pains did not dissuade me from willingness to work in a light drizzle. I couldn’t stand not having the Fifth Street Park roses pruned. My usual goal is to have roses all pruned between Presidents Day and March 1. This year, the weather has not been conducive.
Fifth Street Park
This fence has a double line of fence boards, making for a dead zone of rose canes inside. Un-gettatable.
The drizzle stopped soon into the job and we had pleasant weather until increasingly hard rain in the last half hour.
Meanwhile, Allan removed a messy patch of hesperantha (formerly schizostylis). They will come back, no doubt.
He then pruned the Super Dorothy roses on the south fence.
That white fence was erected by the hotel next door. I predict it is going to get weedy between tall white fence and low concrete wall and that neither the hotel staff nor us will be able to get at said weeds.
I had turned my attention to weeding in the northwest quadrant of the park, where wildly invasive alliums are a problem. For last year’s first clean up, in early 2016, Melissa and Dave had helped us. She had gone after those alliums with much more determination to get every bulb. I had been curious if her effort would pay off. No, there were just as many as always.
Full disclosure: I may have planted a few clumps many years ago. Sorry now, if so.
My former spouse had come by on his bike while I was weeding. We’d had a good time commiserating about politics.
I had gotten my hopes up about having time to also tidy the roses in Coulter Park…till the rain came.
While dumping debris at city works (where Allan did all the hard work), I was thrilled to see that the city now has a pile of mulch for us. Perhaps if we have good weather tomorrow, we will do some mulching in Long Beach.
On the way home, we scouted for pallets at a spot that sometimes has free ones. We scored two. Allan did all the heavy lifting. The scavenging spot also had an unusual offering: a pile of driftwood, maybe cleaned off the shore bank at the marina.
A block from home:
I had planted a few lilies in Fifth Street Park and planted more at home. The weather had gotten fine again.
It won’t take long to re-fill the board when those last three spring clean up tasks are done.