Samuel Paré wrote:Some of these were taken on princess st yes? Good memories
R Ranson wrote:Fantastic thread. Very inspiring.
Another shout out for Victoria. Our local library system started lending seeds last year as well as books. Victoria Seed Library The Seed Library also includes several free courses from basic gardening to how to save seeds (of course). It was a great success so they are doing it again this year.
Most of the seeds are donated by local seed companies, so they are already adapted to our climate.
Speaking about gardening, we also have a Seedy Saturday (with free seed and book exchange tables) coming up this month. Who knows, maybe I'll see you there Dale.
Julia Winter wrote:Thanks for sharing these "green shoots!" The orchard is lovely and I especially love the swale. In Dane County Wisconsin they've put in rules saying that all rainwater has to be kept on site for new developments, but nobody has figured out that the resulting swales can be planted in diverse perennials. They just dig a big hollow and plant it in turf, which they mow. When a school near our house in Waunakee improved a parking lot, they did a nice job draining the hard surface into a swale, and it was planted with various "rain garden" perennials, but the maintenance guys just mowed it, repeatedly, and all the perennials succumbed to turf.
Here in Portland Oregon I see a lot of nice swales that the city put in, planted in reeds and rushes.