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Old 05-27-2012, 10:58 PM   #6421
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Kind of an odd looking stringer, but it works well. Here's the pair nailed to the platform.
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:03 PM   #6422
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If you look at the last photo, you will see that the top tread lines up with the bottom of the platform framing, and I very carefully chiseled out the recess for the tread, leaving the front of the stringer closed.

Some days...

However, all I had to do was to open up the stringers just enough to push the tread in from the front. Not so bad after all.
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Then it was time to get the stain out.

I put a piece of the pond membrane under the stringers to protect the pavers from my haphazard brushing technique.
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:29 PM   #6424
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Going to toss in a pic of the missus' first iris again, but more blooms gave come out..and just behind that one, her second one is now in bloom.
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Nice closeup of the latest one...
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Old 05-27-2012, 11:32 PM   #6426
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Here's the pavers as they appear from the platform and from the other way.
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Some of the water plants I got a few days ago from the good lady up at Coombs. She also has fish for the pond...still debating on whether or not I should get any.

This one is a water iris.
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I shouldn't need to tell you what this is. It's on the label.
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Yes, she did tell me what the names of these reeds are, but that was a few days ago, which means I have forgotten.
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A general shot of the back part of the Japanese garden. The plants have been in this section for a few years now and are maturing nicely.

There are some Japanese irises (not visible here) which are getting close to blooming. They are quite a bit bigger than the first couple of years. I'll get a pic when they bloom.
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Here's the latest rhodo to bloom. It's a late variety and needed more sun before it came out.
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Not far from that one the missus has a vivid pink azalea in bloom.
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And once again her annual opium crop is just now coming into bloom. Lots of big buds there as well.
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And way up at the top of the garden the ceanothus (California Lilac) is in full swing. These plants attract bees like nothing else.
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Monday was a trip to the dentist, and yesterday was taken up with another trip to town for more materials. Lumber for the viewing building and many bags of mulch and other stuff for the garden.
Since it is raining like crazy here this morning (good for the garden!) it looks like everything will stay on the sailboat for another day or two.
Inside work today.
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