6 January – 27 January
Jan 6: Audrey, Mary & Lori met for 2 hours for the WHP planting planning [=7.5 hrs] plus WHP walk about Mary & Lori x 1 hr [=3.5 hrs]. I add 0.5 hr for each person driving time, so 15 min there & home. Today: 11.5 hrs total.
Jan 20th: Audrey, Kathleen, Mary & Lori met. 4 people for 1.75 hours plus 3 hours Lori for photography here & earlier at the Flats plus posting photos here & fb. Total today: 12 hrs
Walking on the west side:
It’s hard to see in these two photos, but Audrey & Mary are tying the Hardhack up. During the winter, the grasses & Horses Tail have held the rain & snow, bringing the Hardhack to a lying down position.
Jan 6th: these photos belong above [under this correct date].
Crossing Goward Bridge
Whitehead Park, east-side
west-side, beautiful bark
west-side, looking toward east-side
Audrey, Kathleen, Mary & Lori spreading mulch and weeding. 4 people for 1.75 hrs each: total 9 hrs [more hours noted on spreadsheet r/t website & meeting].
Feb 3/ 2020
We continued clearing out the old horsetail and the odd blackberry from the hardhack. The hope is that they will be able to stand up. Audrey tied some with surveyors tape for the time being. Kathleen put the last of the chips on the path and raked the “works yard” ready for more. The water has been very high, and some of the path is still underwater. Afterward we went round and showed Kathleen the lake access opposite Meadowbrook. 4 people for 1 hour.
2 views of the same site as in the above photo, comparing water levels
These are almost exact same perspective, above and below.
Above Mary stands at the far end of the trail, clearly seen in the photo below.
We worked at cleaning up. Audrey and Lori tied up the hardhack that has been pulled toward the sun and held down by composting horsetail. I cleaned up as well and Kathleen spread the remainder of the chips on the trails. We are now ready for more mulch. 4 people for 1 hour.
Saanich has delivered lots of glorious black mulch. We spread it around the tidied up hardhack with Sherron and Lori wheeling the barrows and Mary spreading it around the hard hack while Audrey continued clearing horsetail and reed canary grass from more hardhack. 4 people for 1 hour.
We continued spreading the mulch and clearing more hardhack and ocean spray of the horsetail that pulls it down. The part we did last week looks much healthier and is almost ready to stand up on its own. At 10:30 Jill Tuson and Katie from Saanich came. They had the plants we ordered and generally had a look around. They gave the thumbs up to what we had been doing. They drove the 100 or so plants to Mary’s house where they are stored until we can arrange a work party. Jill and Katie had to go but Lori, Kathleen and Mary had coffee. 3 people for 2 hours.
Lori and Mary continued spreading mulch on the hardhack. We noticed that it is shading out the reed canary grass so we made sure to spread it thickly in hopes that it continues to keep the rcg down. The birds are coming back in great numbers. (2 people for 1 hour)
We continue to spread mulch on the hardhack on both sides of the path. We also watched the birds – red winged blackbird, winter wren, Bewicks wren, eagles and many others. Lori, Audrey, Mary and Valerie HB. (4 people for 1 hour)
March 16th: Planting Party, see “Activities Page” for photos of the event.
In spite of the Covid-19 virus, we held our planting party figuring we were outside and spread out. Some arrived at 9:30 to spread out the plants and others came at 10:00 to help tuck them in. We tried to choose spots where they would do well, and we planted in mass groups where we could. We will see how they do. Audrey, Lori, Mandy (a Camosun College student doing work experience), Mary, Valerie, Winona, Bernie, and Carmel were there. After coffee break we placed the lovely labels made by Lori and Michael beside our new plants. 8 people for 3 hours.
The Plantings: plant names [common & scientific], some info, and page number are all from Pojar and MacKinnon.
These photos are of this month’s planting, and of our older plants: some seedlings, some bare bushes, some early flowerings.
We have a few hawthorn trees, more photos to follow. As you can see, the accent is on the ‘thorn’ here.
more text to follow on these photos:
Pacific Ninebark, Physocarpus capitatus: shrub with shredding bark, white flowers in clusters [p.73]
Black Twinberry [Bearberry Honeysuckle], Lonicera involucrata: shrub, berries not considered edible [p.69]