Saturday, August 13, 2011
Some Get Bigger, Some Get Smaller
Lillies in Point Roberts growing very, very tall--some up to 8 feet-- and luxurious this summer. Not mine, not in my garden, and not even in a garden with a lot of sun. Congratulations to the gardener! (The bottom picture is not, of course, lillies but liatrices.)
By contrast with these thriving flowers, the Saturday Market seems to be in a seriously shrinking phase. This morning, around 11 a.m., there were only 4 vendors and, at least at that moment, about 3 buyers. Last week, the organizers offered to let the 'used goods' vendors return, but I guess the used goods vendors don't feel inclined to do so.
The plan, I believe, is to have the market continue until Labor Day weekend. And, on that weekend, the Point Roberts Quilters will have their biannual Quilt Show at the Community Center (10-2). It was originally scheduled for early August, but their was some confusion about the booking date and the show had to be rescheduled. One might hope that the Quilt Show doesn't mark the end of the Saturday Markets, but there will have to be more vendors, I'd think, for it to go on. However, the Quilt Show (and Sale) will go on (cash/check only).
Maybe we could just sell flowers to one another. There are certainly plenty of them about. This year also has turned out to be the year when the yucca bloom, even in my yard. Yet more abundance. And the transparent apples are falling from the tree and into pie crusts, just as the raspberries fall into breakfast bowls. Just lovely, these days of sun and fruit and flowers.
Update: With the permission of the lillies' owner, you can see them on Burns Road, east of Mill and north of Johnson. She says about her gardening habits:
"Lilies are, in my opinion, temperamental ladies who do what they do, sometimes seeming to disregard whatever you do to encourage them. A great many of mine grow well beyond their stated height. I've no idea why; I don't think it is anything that I do. When I moved here there was an old half dead cedar hedge across the entire front of the yard about where all that stuff is growing now, and soil that appeared to be gray hardpan, old construction rock, and lots of black bags of garbage buried barely under the surface. We took the hedge out, excavated the garbage, and planted things that bloom instead. Other than adding some good compost, some good soil, and planting deep, they grow as they grow. "