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Old 04-28-2012, 09:46 PM   #6286
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Bargain! Are you seeing any frogs or toads?

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Old 04-28-2012, 09:57 PM   #6287
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Bargain! Are you seeing any frogs or toads?
We don't so much see them as hear them. Noisy little guys! I love it! Drives the missus nuts! Hehehehehe!
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The past two days have seen us cut up more firewood. Some time back there was a decent red cedar out on the rocks. Part of it got cut, but the rest managed to get itself lodged in between some rocks and it was too hard to get at.

Since it didn't seem like it was going to float off any time soon, I decided to take the peavey out and try to claim the rest of the cedar.
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Also a nice but smaller douglas fir waiting out there patiently for someone to show it some love. It too had been stuck on the rocks there for several weeks.
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There's another 30' long fir sitting at the tide line at the head of the bay. Looks like it may have been in the water for awhile as there is no bark left on it. I might have a shot at that one tomorrow if it's still there.
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Judging by the colour of the chainsaw chips, I think this one cut up yesterday must have been hemlock. They are almost white when they are first cut...but the salt water reacts quite a bit to change things.
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Back in post 6242 I showed a pic of the coral bark maple just breaking into leaf.

Sure didn't take long to break right out...especially considering the very poor weather we have had.
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In fact, the missus was saying today that it looks like we may have lost the apricot fruit again this year due to the cold, rain and wind at the wrong time. I guess we will see.

But looking into the throat of this rhodo you'd think it had been gorgeous. Of course, they like it damp and a little on the cool side.

Did you know that many of the original rhodos from which most of todays' hybrids are descended came from the Himalayas? Tis true.
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Today I spent several hours trying to get more of the edging done on the back edge of the pond. It's coming along OK. And in the process of doing that, I needed to dig up everything alongside in order to get the ground ready for some limited planting.

If anyone is short of a few roots and would like some of mine...
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I did eventually get just past the bridge footing, and got the first rock grouping in place (that's not rock group...as in Pink Floyd, but grouping...as in Japanese gardens) and a few plants.
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I have a book here called "Niwaki", by Jake Hobson.

Now, most of you won't have heard of such a name before...heaven knows I sure hadn't...but it is all about how the Japanese prune and train their pine trees.

It's quite a lengthy process, and although I don't expect to be here to see the end result, I thought I would embark on the first stages of this Niwaki.

The candles which grow at the tips of the branches every spring need to be pruned. This causes side shoots to grow and makes the branches fill out. I doubtless should have done this a couple of years ago, but...

Now, several of the higher candles are comprised of several different sized candles, and what you do is to remove the biggest one - which would end up being the leader - in order that the others can form side shoots.

You might need to look pretty closely here, but there is a little spot in the middle of the candles. That is where I pruned off the leader.

The second pic is after most of the candles have been taken off. This is a Tanyosho Pine b.t.w.
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Back over to the back side of the pond where I did get a small bed done. Planted, watered and mulched. Now we cross our fingers.
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Went around to Herring Bay this morning and cut up some more firewood. The plan was to carry on in the Japanese garden as soon as that was done.

Mother nature decided that we needed another good soaking, and a hailstorm thrown in for good measure! So the garden idea went out the window.

It did try and clear up late this evening, but mother nature's attempt at a sunset wasn't that good.
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Well, so much for government weather forecasts. Despite the doom and gloom, it was a pretty nice day...so out in the garden we went.

First thing this morning, I noticed that the tide had delivered another log right to our float. Not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, that got chopped up for firewood.

Today was the day to get started working on the bridge timbers. So, first things first, I clamped the pair together. There was some considerable unevenness on the top which needed attention.
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I tried to get some new blades for my planer last week, but the House of Pot no longer carries either the blades or the planer. Now they have a nice small Ryobi, with an extra set of blades, so I got one of them instead.

For such a small planer it works pretty well, only a 5 amp motor.

It took about 15 minutes to get both the timbers to match, which wasn't bad considering they are 19 feet long.
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