16th Jan 2017: Inspecting the park, planning the future plantings and enjoying what we have:
Note the changes from these March 2012 photos of our first plantings:
23 January, 2017
Audrey, Lori, Michael and Mary met at the Park to see how it looked. Still cold but the buds are beginning to swell and the birds are singing. Flock of American Coots on the creek. Everyone worked: ½ hours.
Mary and Audrey pulled blackberry roots over by the big tree. They continue to come out easily, but it was so cold that we took our frozen hands home after ½ hour.
Snow, no work done
13 February, 2017 – Cold and snowy
13th Feb 2017
Cold and snowy, no work done today but lots of great shots of the park in winter.
20 February, 2017
Audrey, Lori and Mary. Getting more blackberries out of the roses, pruned roses back from path. Lori took pictures. As well. Don Illingworth came to discuss plants and help us get the blackberries out.
27th Feb 2017
More roses and blackberries by Lori and Mary. Don Illingworth and Shelby arrived with approx. 100 plants. Because it was snowing so heavily we could not plant, but we did place them approximately where they will go. Very beautiful, but cold. We worked: 1 hour.
Mary, Don and Sandy Munns planted what they brought last week.it took over 2 hours but it was great to see. Doug fir and salal up slope and lots of willow, dogwood, ninebark, roses etc. down nearer the water. It snowed a little, but the work got done and looks great. Volunteers worked 2 ½ hours.
13 and 20 March
Mary was away. Lori and Michael spread more chips on the trails. We have asked for mulch for the new plantings.
Michael, Audrey and Mary were joined by Nancy, who has just moved here from Winnipeg. Saanich has brought the mulch and Michael used the wheel barrow to bring it to the new plants while Nancy and Mary spread it around their roots and Audrey attacked more blackberries. We will finish that job next week and then ask for more chips for the trails. Lots of buds on everything. The pink current is in full bloom and the red is not far behind. Everyone worked for two hours.
Notes will be added here… but only a month later: the 24th of April spring photos