Growth

July 17, 2015

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The sage and lavender plants in the Woodwynn Peace garden are growing. We’ve had a heat wave and many many dry days this summer so regular hand watering (our only option) has been required. It’s hot work, but the wonderful view, the fragrance, the sounds of eagles (and other birds, drones, and sometimes even parachutists), being right there near the ground with baby lizards that are only 3 inches long — as well as having delicious blackberries nearby — already ripe in early July, well, there are a lot of things that make it all worthwhile.

And we can’t begin to say how grateful we are to know that other folks love this garden and want to look after it too! Thank you to ALL who have been helping along the way. And to all who visit and enjoy a few peaceful moments in this very special location.

We are still pulling small thistles constantly and there are rogue blackberries that need to be monitored in a few places on the labyrinth and in the sage beds. Funny how those blackberries are friends when they grow a few meters outside of the garden but enemies when they appear inside 🙂

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Please see http://www.twoglassyladies.ca/peacesanctuary/?page_id=43 for more information about when the garden is open and how it came to be….

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Beyond the Wall – Volunteers at Woodwynn

May 24, 2014

I have worked on the little thistles within the wall of Apple Tree Lane – and in spite of ripping their roots and pouring vinegar – they are persistent. New shoots appear within days – right in the holes I leave.

Hello, it says, I'm back!

Hello, it says, I’m back!

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Does my face show how I feel about the return of the thistles?

But what’s inside the wall is NOTHING compared to the labyrinth area outside the wall.

Thank goodness we had help today. Woodwynn had about 80-100 volunteers and ten of them were assigned to thistle duty! It was amazing how much progress was made!

Here are some photos:

Deryk looks like Van Gogh with his new hat!

Deryk looks like Van Gogh with his new hat!

The thistles are very dense at the beginning of the day. Note that you can barely see the door of the little barn.

The thistles are very dense at the beginning of the day. Note that you can barely see the door of the little barn.

The group tackled the job with good humour and lots of energy!

The group tackled the job with good humour and lots of energy!



So much clearer now after a few hours of teamwork. So much clearer now after a few hours of teamwork.

Now you can see the little barn door quite easily.

Now you can see the little barn door quite easily.

Two quails enjoy the new view!

Two quails enjoy the new view!


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.