Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Sad Days For Our Garden..:-(

Hello Fellow bloggers,

I know, I know!  Seems like a stranger just poked her head into the world of blogging.  It has been a very long time since I have posted.  Lots going on here along with the crazy weather that most of us have been having.  I usually hibernate when it gets cold.  So, other than writing about food; which I have no problem doing, there isn't much to talk about.

 All of the pictures in this blog were taken through one of my windows.  So, please forgive the shadows or strange reflections that you may see.  The weather here had been quite impressive for a while.  We had snow and a lot of it!  I love the snow as long as I am not driving in it.

The weather cleared up for a little while and I was already thinking of the Spring flowers that were going to start showing...:-). But then,  we received word from the Strata that the condo complex which we live in was due for a drainage remediation around all of the buildings. This meant that whatever we had previously received permission to plant in our little area had to be taken out or destroyed. At least for now.  We do still have permission from the Strata to replant flowers if we want.  But we don't know what kind of area we will be left with.

The contractors were going to be doing extensive work around the buildings to help alleviate the problems that come with aging buildings and poor drainage. We decided to snatch out of the ground whatever seemed worth trying to salvage and let the rest go.  This is what we were able to save:  Two pots with about 8 hyacinth in each,  three pots of tulips with about 8 tulips in each pot of various sizes and colors and one large pot with grape hyacinth in it.

Here are some "before" pictures from previous Spring plantings:

Tulips. These were planted just outside of our living room window....

Hyacinth. Next to the wooden retaining wall at the base of the garden.

Grape Hyacinth. We got these from Chris's Mom and planted them one year outside of our office window.

"Stock" least I think that is what it is called.  They smell like ....well, I don't really know, but they were under the window one year too and I loved to sit there and smell them as the fragrance came into the living room.....:-)

Brachycome..These came back two years in a row.  We didn't expect them to be perennials.....

We planted these one year too under the window, but I don't remember what they are called now.

Since when we returned from our last trip the Rhododendron bushes were practically dead from inconsiderate neighbors dogs and cats, we told the contractors that they could dig out the bushes and dispose of them.  They offered to keep them in a ball for us,but since we didn't know what size area we would be left with, we said no.  It didn't take them long to scoop them out.

I couldn't find a "before" picture, but this is after.......

This is the center of the garden one year

Here is another


We did manage to get our decorative grasses out and plant them across the courtyard under a tree before they were forever lost.  Good thing they are still dormant.

Next thing you know, there was another dump of snow.  It did this off and on for several days.  This picture was one that I took before they ripped the bush out of the ground.  In the background you can see a large pile of granite that was part of a larger pile we used to make borders in the garden area.  These are the pots we put the plants in.

They had more than one crew working around the buildings.  The remediation called for some of the older trees to be cut down.  Some people lost a great deal of shade as a result of it.

I was amazed at how tall the tree actually was and how much lumber could come from it although I was sad to see it go....:-(. This was one tree, so you can imagine how tall it really was.  I love shade trees.  Especially coming from a climate where nothing survives the harsh summers except!

The process seemed to drag on took days to do this stuff.  Now, the wooden retaining wall that was at the base of the garden is gone.....

Things are getting serious now!  They are scooping all of the dirt out.....

Yikes!!  For a moment I thought he was going to break our window.  He came very close to it and dug a trench.  I guess the guy has "mad skills"!

And after it was all said and done...we were left with no planting area under the window....

All the bushes and shade trees outside of the office window were gone as well....

It reminds me of a post war situation.....:-(.  Fortunately, we have also been told that landscapers will be coming to finish up and put down some grass seeds.  We haven't decided if we are going to replant or just leave them in pots.  But for now, here is what we salvaged, starting to wake up for the Spring.

We will probably keep them here until we see what the landscapers are going to do.  But it is likely that they will remain in pots and hopefully endure storage while we are away in the United States this fall.



Dar said...

I am sure when you get it all sorted you will plant a lovely little garden again :) I seem to recall on a post on my blog you mentioned selling Miss Vicky and getting a 50cc scoot? Or did I misunderstand? If it is correct why are you thinking of selling your beloved Miss Vicky?

Patricia Carpenter said...
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Patricia Carpenter said...

Hi Dar,

Yes, hopefully after everything gets settled we can make a decision as to what we can plant and where we can plant it if anything at all.

In regard to miss Vicky, I had maintained a permit for the past 2 1/2 years and am not in the least bit interested in obtaining a motor cycle license. It is too much of a hassle, and there is no training of any to speak of in my town. I would have to commute an hour and a half away every day in one direction for a week or find somewhere to stay in the city where the classes are held. The other reason is because the only bike I would be able to test on is a little too heavy for me to push. I know that would be required. That is why I do not travel on this scooter without Chris with me.

I might keep miss Vicky and still get a little 50 cc bike just to scoot around town on. That is, if I can find one that suits me. So far, I have not been able to find one. I would like to replace the one that I traded in two years ago, but they are no longer in production. Anyway, I wanted a bike that will not require me to have a licensed driver with me.

Chris is considering getting something smaller as well; A 250 cc. Unfortunately, Ms. Vicky does not offer him enough leg room. He is a tall man. Otherwise I would just give him Miss Vicky, he could sell Mag.

bob skoot said...


You need to take your scooter test on a 90cc or 125cc. They are a lot smaller and easy to push, YET, even you could PUSH it easily. Gary may be able to loan you one. Can you take a ONE day course. They have a few that can do this.

they can do one on one training and they are flexible. They also train on other days besides Sunday's. Sunday is his name

I keep meaning to ride up to Squamish but the weather isn't that great and rain again this weekend. I have to visit our cousin who lives just near where the Eagle viewing is near those railway tracks. You know where I mean

A weekend photographer
Riding the Wet Coast

Patricia Carpenter said...

Yes Bob, I know exactly where you mean. When I first started riding scooters I used to ride in that area quite a bit. In regard to the school, I didn't know they had anything like that and I'm still not sure I'm that interested in doing it when I can just ride with Chris or get something smaller. I hate taking test of any kind. I would just assume keep doing what has been working or not do it at all.

Scootard said...

Sadly the garden is gone. What is to become of us? We will have to see what we can do!

Trobairitz said...

Yikes, what a difference some equipment makes.

So glad you were able to salvage some bulbs. I'd be inclined to find some window boxes and put those along the windows outside on the ground. Then they are portable if they need moving.

Patricia Carpenter said...

Window boxes never occurred to me. I will give that some thought. The only problem with trying to do that on gravel is trying to get it level. If it's not, it looks ghetto-ish from the courtyard. But it might be worth a try....:-). Thanks!

April Baucom said...

So sorry your plantings have been removed. Others made mobile. Hmm, sounds like what the ministry has done over the years.....don't it?

Patricia Carpenter said...

Hi April,
All is well. They have made note that we have moved all of the pots just under our window outside onto the rocks until the landscapers come and work the area. After they get done, we will know where we want to plant things and what we want to plant.

We were able to save quite a few bulbs, its just that they are all in pots waiting for a new home. I don't know if we are going to plant them now, or leave them in the pots until fall and then replant the bulbs before we head south.