Susan Lenore Stanley

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Returned to NW America after a decade plus       of upbringing in the lower third of California.

I don't recall doing much gardening "down south" and since relocating in the early 1980s             [yes --elder] have puttered with guilds                or companion plants and stacked functions.

Reinvented self into curating, snipping,            digital capture of "real" items or happenings.

Semi-Retired Transcriber / Office Dog:              Volunteer work with historical records,           particularly area logging heritage.

Dangling archiving skills for students and community members as our small museum         is on school property.

Building that residual income stream by sharing.

Travel by Side Car (and some Amtrak)               for some good scenery and natural history feel.



SW Washington State; Latitude 47; elevation about 475'
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10 months ago
bump!

a state may have a site such as wa-grange.com --that's ours anyway

then they list hall locations within the state. typical meetings would be monthly  evening potluck with good food / business meeting / fun short lecture / project committees (community service)

family groups, juniors encouraged, kid group camps, art and craft program contest annually that goes from local to state to national.

can have commercial grade kitchens, very nice dance floors, sometimes rent their halls.

grange loves home skills including canning and sewing, and writing!

they "grangers" do legislation and members can draft Resolutions for approval and sharing at annual State Conventions

its a fraternal organization with officers. the halls sustain themselves with community functions and need your help!  
10 months ago
Roses "clone" or grow their own roots too, very well.

I love to watch for the foliage condition as the year progresses and choose to take cuttings from bushes (or climbers) doing well toward autumn.

Usually just put them in dirt, two or three nodes (de-leafed) maybe with a vertical score or two to induce root growth.

Pictures soon. Once a cutting strikes roots Roses do well nestled up with other shrubs or trees or fences. Free and beneficial :--)
4 years ago
Do You Know Your Bees? via Weather Channel 05/20/16

Sharing as there are clear photographs and some have species information. Also extracts of research in the descriptive.





4 years ago
Got some use ideas, but first here’s how “head high” Scotch Broom looks after years of maturity, being worked by an impressive herd of goats for more than 2 years, then enduring a serious wild fire. Mound garden idea is interesting, I can't speak to that, glad for that opening for more people to respond with thoughts there.

My short YouTube documents botanical structure, sturdiness, and burn-ability. It stands. No re-sprout from base. Sharing of link appreciated:
Scotch Broom and Fire courtesy Stanley Documents on YouTube

I too have been puzzling on what Scotch Broom is good for (many years green side Washington State). It has had its moments, but does choke out lesser plants, even sturdy lesser plants [such as Salal -–florist foliage].

At botanical.com (Mrs. Grieve’s Herbal gone digital) you can learn a lot about Scotch Broom’s cultural preferences and uses. The author’s research agrees with what has been said about site selection. Apologies if duplicates, but here is an easy link if you want to learn more at this time. Descriptive and Nifty Drawing of our subject, Scotch Broom: Botanical.com on Scotch Broom

Latitude 47 Notes: Folks are apt to call it Scotch Bloom. Flowers cover the shrubs followed by equally huge number of pods which “pop” when dry, dispersing an exponentially multiplied amount of seeds. Seedlings are kind of wiry; not succulent browse. Pulling smaller ones works when the soil conditions cooperate, moisture content and so on. Variations noted personally: 1) light yellow bloom 2) dotted-as-with-freckles otherwise
normal flowers.





4 years ago