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:
Not photographed here:
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]
April 24: Hardhack update
Audrey’s patch of Hardhack [Spiraea douglasii], standing up and flourishing. The bare bushes were flattened by snow and then ice freezing the Reed Canary Grass [Phalaris arundinacea] and remnants of Horsetail [Equisetum arvense]; so we pulled and raked the Hardhack free and then tied each bush to a stake until they recovered.
Scroll up toward Jan 20th, Feb 10th, Feb 17th, and March 2nd for ‘before’ photos of the Hardhack.
Our first working day, post Covid-19.
Here is a tour around the park: first two photos are from the west side; then Mary & Kitty working the east side; and the last two photos return to west site.
Whitehead Park, west side.
Preparing to work, with Covid-19 safety in place:
Crossing Tod Creek, on Goward Road. Here we measure the water levels:
Also: see our Kid’s Page for a couple of photos of young fishers to the park this morning.
6 July, 2020 – We started by pulling and digging the blackberries on the west side. There seemed like a lot, but Kathleen, Audrey, Kitty and Mary had them all out in less than half an hour. Then they moved over to the east side where Audrey returned to check on her violets, after she and Mary had cleared a few more blackberries from near the bridge. Kitty and Kathleen worked on the path near Nigel’s burn pile. Saanich has mowed the path which is a help. (4 people for 1 1/2 hours)
A productive day. We scattered about working on where we felt it was needed the most. We each had our favorite or not. Maybe we just worked where we landed. Some were up at the top where the Lamium was and the violets are now. Others cleared the trees of grass and other things that will pull them down. Also chased down some blackberries while the soil is still soft. (5 people for 1 ½ hours.)
Mary on Galiano; Audrey, Kitty & Lori worked 1 hour [tallied as: 1 x 3 hrs + 0.5 x 3 (travel time) + 1 hr online (by Lori to download photos etc) = 5.5 hrs
July 27th: Kitty and Mary had a good time clearing the path and plantings in the corner by the beaver trails and around next to Nigels. We pulled many blackberry shoots which made a big difference to the look of the place. Still much to do. (2 people 1 & 1/4 hours)
Kitty worked at freeing little evergreens from long grass and more weeding in the upper corner. Mary and Lori weeded around plants in the upper section and Kathleen used the last of the mulch on them. Those that are still with us are looking much happier. Talked to a small boy with lots of good questions. (4 people 1 ½ hours.)
Aug 10/ 20 work continues: Kathleen brought cardboard from the Red
Barn and put on the path by where we store tools, then she
spread mulch on it. Very good. More spreading and weeding.
(4 people 1 ½ hours)
Whitehead Park, Monday Aug 24th: The light was perfect.
Aug 31st: Working on our new mulch piles. We carried on spreading mulch and chips and pretty well used up the piles. We were careful not to step into
human waste which is everywhere because the park is heavily
used and Saanich has taken away the porta-pottie. Talked about
what plants we would order for fall planting. Audrey, Caleigh, Kathleen, Lori & Mary worked for 1.5 hours each.
Sept 7th: Below are Audrey, Mary, Kitty & Kathleen by our second diminishing mulch piles. Note the beaver dam on Tod Creek under Goward Road.
Saanich has brought more mulch and chips. We were discussing where we would put it when Kathleen turned up with a car full of cardboard boxes. We gleefully spread them on the path along the south side and spread them with chips. We hope that will preserve the path through the winter and beyond.
Caleigh turned up for one last go before UVic classes start next
week. Lori, Kathleen, Kitty, Audrey, Caleigh, Mary. (6 people 1
28 Sept, 2020 – Our main job was to prepare the list of plants
we want and where they will go. Lori, Audrey, Kitty and Mary
had a good deal of fun looking at our wish list and deciding
where the conditions were best for each. We ended up with a
large list in a very confused state so Lori is going to put it to
rights at home. Kathleen had dropped off more cardboard so we
lined more path and put chips on it. A very satisfying day. (4
people 2 hours + time for Kathleen to get the cardboard)
BELOW: Aquatic Plant Survey Oct 5th 2020
Results will be posted with plant photos on Lake Stewardship page. Here is the map with the First Site noted; we take samples from 3 depths per site, 2, 4 & 6 metres.
5 Oct. 2020 – Winona and Lori off doing the aquatic plant survey. Audrey, Kitty and Mary ready to work. Mary pulled bits of Lamium while Audrey and Kitty pulled blackberries from under the cedars.
(3 people 1 hour)
Monday Oct 12th: Thanksgiving Monday. Lori has made a map of where we want various plants to go. We went around and checked that we were satisfied with what we have chosen. I cleared the creek of leaves, and Lori and Kitty did a bit more weeding of blackberries. (3 people 1 hour.)
Firmed up our order to Saanich. We have also asked for another wheelbarrow, 2 pairs of large rose gloves, and 2 small mattocks. Then we settled into our favorite bits of the park. Lori swept the path, Audrey and I cleared horsetail and blackberries under the big tree and uncovered treasured plants while we were doing it. Kitty did the same in the area across the path. Lori collected our piles. (4 people 1 ½ hours)
Nov 2/ 2020 A quick walk on the west side turned into a blackberry bash as we pulled a growing patch out from among the roses down near the lake. The beaver have been busy cutting down alders. A couple were hung up but a passerby got them down. Meanwhile Kitty did a little logging of her own removing a Golden Willow that was growing happily in amongst the alder. Audrey, Lori, Kitty and Mary (4 people 1 ½ hours)
Sunday, 29 November, 2020 – The first day of a two day planting party. Lori, Michael, Kitty, Audrey, Winona and Mary placed Lori’s good signs at the 9 numbered sites. She had lists of the plants we wanted at each site. We then placed big piles of mulch at each of these site. Winona even managed to dig some of the holes at Site 1. (6 people 1 ½ hours)
30 November, 2020 – The second day of the planting party. Saanich arrived with a truck load of plants we had ordered. With 5 wheel barrows going we unloaded the plants and took them to the sites we had planned for them once again using Lori’s fine lists. Then came the hard work of digging them in and using lots of the mulch we had placed yesterday to snug them up. Lori, Michael, Audrey, Kitty, Ian and Mary along with Robin and 3 others from Saanich worked quickly and got them all in. (6 people 2 hours with the tremendous help of 4 from Saanich)
touching up our new plantings. Katie, our Pulling Together Coordinator, arrived with a new wheelbarrow and gloves.
We continue to weed, duck up our new plants, and give TLC to our hardy long term flora.
Dec 21st: no work today because of snow.