hydrangea blossoming

hydrangea blossoming
Hydrangea on the Edge of Blooming

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Losing Trees

Sorry to hear that 20 acres in the Mill-Johnson area are soon to be clear-logged. [update: south of Johnson, east of Mill] I would guess that most people here are fond of the Point's rural quality, especially illustrated by its trees and its small-ish houses almost randomly distributed about our almost 5 square miles.  So, while the Character Plan Committee is fussing about gas station signs*, we lose trees, mega-houses get constructed, radio towers are scheduled to be inserted*** (by the FCC, in this case, not by the county).  One can only hope that the Character Plan Revision Committee is looking to focus on the things we actually care about.**

*In its defense, that is the task of the Character Plan Committee, so the members can't really be criticized for focusing on what they're told to focus on.  However, some cups don't need to be drunk, even if that doesn't permit you to drink some other cups that aren't on offer.

**If you long to read the Character Plan, there is a copy of it here
This link takes you to the Friends of the Library webpage and on the right side toward the bottom, click on 'other reference documents' and then, on the left column, click on Character Plan.  It's a pdf file so it takes a bit to come up.

***Surely being appropriately and admirably responded to by the community via the Stop the Towers group.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Quilt Show

I had a big quilt show last week in order to raise some money for the new library.  I can't figure out how to cross post between blogs without reentering everything, so i'm just linking to the quilt blog where I describe the event: click here!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Fine Summer for Sunflowers

I've planted tall sunflowers for the past four or five summers and have had no such success as this year.

 They're in full sun in my neighbor's field and that probably accounts for some of their improved status.

  We have very little space with full sun in our yard, but I once had 2 plants that grew really well.  This year I have fourteen plants in the field that are doing wonderfully and just now starting to open up to their flowers; and another 5 in the semi-sun of my yard that are pretty tall but not budded yet.

In any case, although the flowers are not enormously gigantic, the stalks themselves are record making in my view.  Easily 11 feet tall.  That's 8 kale plants at the bottom right.  Not record-making, I'm afraid.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Las Vegas?

 Update, below.  And where in Las Vegas would you find this gorgeous electric orange palm tree?  Oh, right, you wouldn't find it in Las Vegas, you would find it in Point Roberts, down at the Marina, looking out over the great fields and the Strait of Georgia.

I've only seen it during the day, so I do not know whether it is actually lighted from within, but if it is, I imagine the Character Plan Committee is having some kind of conniption, if they can spare the time from connipting over a 22-foot electric sign at the Valero gas station on Gulf. across from the post office.

Everything's getting up to date in Point Roberts, I guess; we've gone about as far as an exclave ought to go.  It seems very funny to me, this palm tree.  If there were a grove of them, maybe not so good, but one lonely orange palm tree?  Almost as good as a lighthouse.  In fact, maybe it could be at Lighthouse Park; or maybe it could actually be the lighthouse?

Update:  A friend with middle eastern travel experience reports that this is exactly the kind of object you would see in Dubai.  So maybe we could think of allying ourselves to the Emirates:  We don't have any oil, of course, but we do have lots of gas (stations)....

Also, I am told that this palm tree is 'temporary'...so that it wouldn't come before the Character Plan Committee.  I wonder what constitutes 'temporary'....Could the Valero station request a 'temporary' 25 foot sign?

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Well, at Least Tenuously Together

You go out into the world, you learn something.  Today, I crossed the border to obtain Okenagan peaches and nectarines and returned to find, at the U.S. side of the border, a large sign announcing that the burn ban was on.  Which is a good thing to announce to people coming down who might not otherwise know.

The sign was brought to us by the P.R. Fire District, which is certainly who should be bringing this information to our attention, but it was accompanied by something new.  After the burn-ban and the PR Fire District information, it said:

"Point Roberts.  Together in Unity."

I guess we've got a new motto, although it seems much more aspirational than descriptive.  My own experience at the Point would suggest a more modest kind of motto:  "Doing the Best We Can with What We Have," maybe.  Or, perhaps,  "At Odds and Planning to Stay That Way."  "Tenuously Together on Occasion" might capture it best.

Thursday, July 31, 2014


It's been an absolutely spectacular summer for my small lily plantation (it's a small plantation-- about 4 dozen plants--but the lilies are enormous).  The first set, which bloom in june mostly, were absolutely abundant in buds, with 4 and 5 foot tall stalks holding up to 16 large buds and then 16 flowers, although not all blooming at once.  The second set, which are the ones that have a lot of scent, bloom in late July and August.  They have been very tall--several of them over 6 feet--and they too have had multiple flowers, though not above 7 or 8 on any one stalk and most fewer.  But over all they are just amazing.

They're an easy plant to grow.  Like tulips, they are bulbs, but they don't have hardened outsides so they are sensitive to sitting around in wet soil throughout the winter.  You want to have them where there is good drainage.  But other than that and feeding them two or three times during the growing season with miracle grow or some such ordinary fertilizer, they just provide their own motivation.  And then they produce your astonishment.  See below!

I buy mine from a place in Oregon, I think, called B&D Lilies.  They're a very nice lot of people who provide good information as well as good bulbs.  They'll send you a free newsletter if you ask, or a beautiful catalog.  The bulbs are a little on the pricey side, but they multiply over the years and if you have sun and good drainage, you're likely to have many more than you originally bought over 5 or 6 years.  The orange ones below started out with only one bulb, and now there are six stalks, each with multiple gorgeous orange lilies.

 The white one with the yellow ribs below is 8 inches across and divinely scented.

 The yellow ones above are quite tall and the double pinks below them are not tiny flowers: they are just quite a ways away.
 Rose gave me this 2.5-foot tall vase: absolutely necessary for lilies.
All orange, all the time.  Started with one, now there are six stalks with 8-10 flowers on each one.  Actually, there's very little time in my life in the summer to do anything but look at the lilies.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Seabright Farm and Cottages or Something

Ed and I went up to Seabright the other day to see how things were going up there.  There's lots going on and they have tours every day from Wednesday to Sunday.  Some things were pretty surprising.  The place has been featured as having splendid ocean views.  But the primary view you see as you drive down the entrance road are several two story houses between you and the ocean.  I had understood that the houses would be relatively small, but these three don't look small and they certainly look like they're in the way of a potential buyer's view.

 There's a lovely little reconstructed house (above) which is being used for a sales office.  It's filled with old Point memorabilia of sorts; or at least old furnishings for a very nice nostalgia touch.

And a big barn is going up.  I don't know what the buyers of these 58 (?) small-ish lots are going to be doing in or with a barn; I don't think it's for horses.  But who knows, maybe Point Roberts will become a center for square or contra dancing.

If you've got some free time, it's worth taking a look at it.  Just to see what they have in mind.  Not exactly the Point Roberts we are used to.  More planned, I suppose.  And planning is not exactly a word I spontaneously associate with Point Roberts.