End of June – Woodwynn Peace Garden

June 30, 2016

Something new from Deryk….  this one didn’t “get away!)

(We’re watching the movie “Big Fish” to celebrate.)

We had a warm spring so perhaps the timing will be different in future years, but this year, June was an amazing time of colour in the Peace Garden. The lavender bloomed all month and many of the sage plants bloomed as well. We actually expected all of the sage plants to flower but it seemed to be pretty random. Perhaps since they are still really relatively new plants (just a year old) it will take time for them to all flower or perhaps there will always be some plants that don’t flower in a given year.

 

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Apple tree lane is thick with apples that are full size and quite red at this point and beautiful pink poppies appeared by magic near the meditation nest.

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We’ve kept up with the watering. We’ve almost kept up with the weeding….

We never stop appreciating the beauty of the location and we are always grateful to be a part of the farm!

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And there are interesting developments around the farm outside of the Peace Garden as well 🙂

 


Elizabeth vs Thistles

May 18, 2014

The ongoing saga of thistles…

As of April 2, the thistles outside the "Apple Tree Lane" enclosure are not too high.

As of April 2, the thistles outside the “Apple Tree Lane” enclosure are not too high.

But they clearly spread seeds over the wall (who knows when?) and seedlings are starting.

But they clearly spread seeds over the wall (who knows when?) and seedlings are starting.

Partial results from the April 3 weeding task. I was using a hoe at this point.

Partial results from the April 3 weeding task. I was using a hoe at this point.

By May 2, the thistles are getting dense outside the wall. Inside, they're coming back. Clearly a hoe is not an adequate tool for this job.

By May 2, the thistles are getting dense outside the wall. Inside, they’re coming back. Clearly a hoe is not an adequate tool for this job.

The clover is growing, with lots of thistles intermixed.

The clover is growing, with lots of thistles intermixed.

Mid-May and the outside is a tall jungle of thistles. We don't want Apple Tree Lane to ever get to this state!

Mid-May and the outside is a tall jungle of thistles. We don’t want Apple Tree Lane to ever get to this state!

So I bring out the dandelion machine.

So I bring out the dandelion machine.

But roots remain and I decide to add vinegar to my repertoire of strategies.

But roots remain and I decide to add vinegar to my repertoire of strategies.

A test patch (vinegar only, with no pulling out) shows that the leaves die but new shoots are back in a day or two. Thistle is persistent!

A test patch (vinegar only, with no pulling out) shows that the leaves die but new shoots are back in a day or two. Thistle is persistent!

As of May 17, I have pulled a gazillion thistles with the dandelion machine getting as much of the root as possible. Then I've poured vinegar down the holes (except near the trees). Time will tell if this works or not.

As of May 17, I have pulled a gazillion thistles with the dandelion machine getting as much of the root as possible. Then I’ve poured vinegar down the holes (except near the trees). Time will tell if this works or not.