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a break from digging the weeds

June 20, 2014

so far this Spring my gardening has consisted almost exclusively in fighting a bully

P1050076Japanese anemone – pretty pink or white flowers

said the person who gave it to me!

garden centers sell it, garden magazines give it space

don’t be tempted

P1050069from this one tiny leaf reaching for the sunshine

P1050073I dug these roots – and probably missed the same again

they go down 2 1/2 feet – spread everywhere

even a root the size of a human hair will put up new shoots

I have dug up the same spot 3-4-5 times and still it grows

no part of it is good for dyeing!

I’m becoming obsessive, I’m loosing my mind – and my back

and I’m not getting much weaving done

yesterday I took a break and went to the opening of the “Field Trip Project” at the Maritime Museum of B.C.

P1050068the handout describes it as ” a unique Canada-Japanese culture exchange in honour of relief efforts related to the 2011 tsunami.

children’s backpacks turned into works of art by 70 artists and designers, 35 from Japan and 35 from Canada

it was crowded with children, museum staff, artists and friends

I’ll go back to have a more leisurely look

P1050045Heather’s backpack has a place of honour beside a vest and pack with a native button blanket design

P1050063sorry about the quality of the pictures, it was difficult to get good photos without arms, legs or humans

P1050052the diversity was amazing

and I thought, under the circumstances, the show was very well hung

 P1050059this pack has everything but the kitchen sink on it – only one leg but two socks!

P1050055this one by a Japanese child was plain but filled with drawstring bags

P1050056decorated with charming artwork

P1050051a pack with its own parachute

  P1050053an elephant

P1050050and a teddy bear

P1050049so many more amazing, heartfelt works

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2014 10:39 am

    Poor you, Jean! Have you tried smothering them with plastic? Apparently they need water to thrive. If you can keep them hot and dry maybe that’ll do them in.

    We’ve got trouble with Oregon grape popping up everywhere. The roots go to Katmandu and absolutely won’t break. You have to cut them. It behaved itself for about 20 years after we planted it and has only gone nuts in the last 5 or 6. Why oh why? Hmmm…there’s yellow in the roots and stems. Maybe I should try a dyebath? Doubt it’s worth the effort though when I have so many easier to obtain yellows!


    • June 21, 2014 11:23 am

      Louisa – can’t use the smother idea as they are invading everything – strawberry bed, tomatoes etc. This also behaved for years and then suddenly went wild- me too! they are very hot and dry and I’m only watering the tomatoes directly. I think the Oregon grape will dye but who needs more yellow?


  2. June 21, 2014 8:59 am

    glad you got that break from weeding, but wow. you are a fighter! i could never handle going up against that strong of an invasive.


    • June 21, 2014 10:18 am

      Aimee – I can’t see any other choice – chemicals are absolute out – so then it comes down to muscle or let it take over everything. It is even growing in the small lawn area but I just mow over it there.


  3. June 21, 2014 5:15 am

    I love the teddy bear!


    • June 21, 2014 7:54 am

      Sartenada – some of them were cute and some serious, such a variety.
      Kerry – it wasn’t too bad for several years and then just went crazy.


  4. June 21, 2014 3:32 am

    The backpack project is such fun–so creative and varied! And I am stunned by the root system of that plant! I don’t know if we have that here–I will stand forewarned!


  5. June 20, 2014 4:58 pm

    i have an invasive in my yard, the nameless one, that drives me crazy! and those packs, wow.


    • June 20, 2014 5:00 pm

      Velma – in all my gardening years I’ve never had one this bad – I actually think it is going to outlive me. even the idea behind the packs is creative.


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