Saturday, September 24, 2016

SURPRISE! Work party in the Greenway, Monday, 12:30 instead of 3:00!

Hope you can make the 12:30 timeslot. We've been given a couple of very nice Japanese maple trees and we need to put them in the ground somewhere in the greenway. Also, we can start to dig the roots out of the planter that had the tall/dying bamboo-like grass in it to prepare it for something else, something more structural and less attractive to kids…
Please come if you can!
12:30, Monday, Sept 26th.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Work party tomorrow (Monday Sept 19), Greenway, 3:00 (weather permitting)

Hi Brit Neighbours,
As long as it's not raining at around 3:00 tomorrow, we will have a work party in the Greenway. I've got a couple of leaf bags.
At least we won't need to water!
See you then, I hope.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Work party, Greenway, 3:00 Monday (Sept 12th) -- as usual!

Hope you can make it!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Work Party, Greenway, 3:00 Monday!

See you there!
Penny

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Work party on Monday Aug 29th ...

Hi all,
Please come to a work party in the Greenway on Monday Aug 29th, 3:00.
I won't be able to make it this time, but I'll leave leaf bags and the hose tap-key in the basket on my front porch (Paul, maybe you could pick them up on your way down?). Louise and Paul both have keys to the storage cupboard.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 22, 2016

Work party today, 3:00!

We'll have a work party today. Please come if you can!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 15, 2016

Work party in the Greenway, 3:00

Hi folks,
Hot work party in the Greenway today, 3:00. Ivan's been watering every couple of days, so watering shouldn't be an issue.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 08, 2016

Work party in the Greenway this afternoon, 3:00!

Hope you can make it. (Cancelled if raining hard.)
Penny

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours,
Please come if you can. I might not be able to make it — I've got a 1:30 appointment that might overlap. But it should be a great day for a work party. Come if you can!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Work party tomorrow, Monday, July 18, 3:00!

Lots to do. Hope it's a nice day. Come if you can. Cancelled if pouring rain, which doesn't look likely.
Penny


Monday, July 11, 2016

Work Party in the Greenway today, 3:00!

Unless it's raining hard…
See you there!
Penny

Monday, July 04, 2016

Work Party today at 3:00 (unless it's raining hard)!

Please join us if you're free.
Penny

Monday, June 27, 2016

Work party today, Greenway, 3:00!

Hope you can make it.
Penny

Monday, June 13, 2016

No Work Party this afternoon!

Hi folks,
It's kind of rainy. Let's not have a work party today.
Not that much to do. Italian Day had a "PIAZZA" in the Greenway yesterday, but I think they treated it well. We might want to check it out.
Cheers,
P.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Work party tomorrow, June 6th, Monday, in the Greenway!

3:00 as usual.
Come if you can, and if you have them, bring weeding tools, secateurs, kneeling pad, rake, etc.
I might be a bit late myself but I'll be there.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, May 22, 2016

No Work Party on Victoria Day Monday!

See you all next week (May 30th).
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Work party tomorrow, 3:00!

We'll have a work party tomorrow at 3:00. 
I'll bring some plants that flower like this:
The only downside is that it's hard to tell the difference between these non-invasive morning glories and the pernicious bindweed.
Maybe if we plant them in one specific spot with something to climb on…
See you there!
Penny


Monday, May 09, 2016

Work party today (Monday May 9th), 3:00

Hi folks,
Work party today in the Greenway, 3:00. There will be a bit of tidying up to do post-Stone Soup, I think. Sandy worked with Ivan to train him to water the Greenway yesterday, so that's all done.
See you at 3:00 if you can make it.
Penny

Monday, May 02, 2016

Work Party today, Greenway, 3:00!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00!

Hope to see you there.
Penny

Monday, April 18, 2016

Work Party, Napier Square Greenway, 3:00 today!

Perfect day to do a little work in the Napier Greenway! If you can make it, we'd love to see you. Bring tools if you have them; if not, we've got lots. I'll bring garden-waste bags.
3:00 today, April 18th.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Work Party tomorrow at 3:00 (weather permitting)!

Hope you can make it to a work party in the Greenway tomorrow at 3:00 (assuming it's not raining — if it is raining, no party).
No need to RSVP. Come if you can!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, April 04, 2016

Work Party Today!

We'll have a work party in the Greenway today, as long as it's not raining at 3:00.
I may be a bit late myself, but I will be there.
Hope to see you!
P.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Work Party tomorrow (Easter Monday), 3:00, weather permitting!

Hi Brit Neighbours,
I hope you can make it tomorrow at 3:00. Bring tools if you have them. If not, we have them. I'll have leaf bags and rakes and a broom.
Cancelled if it's raining at 3:00.
Cheers,
Penny


Monday, March 21, 2016

Work party this afternoon, 3:00...

As long as it's not raining!
Cancelled if raining.
Penny

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Work Party in the Greenway, Monday March 14th, 3:00!

Come if you can!
(Cancelled if it's raining!)
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, March 06, 2016

First Britannia Neighbours Work Party of the Spring?!


If the weather is nice tomorrow (Monday, March 7th) at 3:00, we’ll have a work party in the Greenway and do a little assessment of what needs to be done and make some plans for the Spring and Summer.
Please join us if you’re available. As usual, bring your favourite gardening equipment — gloves, kneeling pad, weeding and pruning tools, rake, trowel, etc. — whatever you like. I’ll bring some leaf bags.
If it's raining at 3:00-ish, we won’t do it.
Fair-weather gardening!
Cheers,
Penny

Saturday, January 02, 2016

No work party on Monday!

Jane Hood, who is kindly donating a pile of nice river rocks to us for the Greenway, would prefer we move them in the Spring, so we won't need to have a freezing-cold work party on Monday after all.
Here's to a very happy new year to you all, and hope to see you soon.
Cheers,
Penny

Stanley Park (and a tiny end of the Lion's Gate Bridge) from West Vancouver...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Work Party in the Greenway, Monday, January 4th, 3:00

Hi Brit Neighbours and Happy New Year!
We will have a Work Party in the Greenway, Monday, January 4th, 3:00.
Jane Hood has generously offered us some large river rocks and Christine has suggested we place them in the bed in the middle of the south side, among the ferns etc.
Linda says she will bring her car, to transport the rocks.
Louise is able to come too.
Hope lots of the rest of you can make it. See you then!
Penny

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow at -- surprise! -- 2:30!

Howdy,
I cannot make it myself, but Christine will be there for sure, for an hour or so.
Our storage area is inaccessible (because of some construction at Britannia), so I'll put a couple of leaf bags on my front porch for someone to pick up.
Bring your own rake!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, November 16, 2015

Too wet, folks!

No work party today!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Work party tomorrow (Monday Nov 16) in the Greenway, 3:00

Hi folks,
If it's not raining at 3:00 tomorrow, we'll have a short work party (an hour or so), raking and bagging leaves. This could be the last work party until we start up again in the Spring. There's not much to do in the dead of winter and it's too cold to just putter about. What do you think?
Hope to see you tomorrow!
Penny

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Work Party tomorrow in the Greenway, 3:00 (if weather is nice)

Hi Brit Neighbours,
Work party in the Greenway tomorrow (Monday Nov 9) as long as the weather cooperates. If it's nice, we'll go for an hour or so.
It starts to get chilly and dark around 4:00 now.
But let's start at 3:00 and see how things proceed.
If it's raining at 3:00, let's cancel.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Work Party Monday (November 2), 3:00

Hi folks,
Work party tomorrow, Monday, 3:00, in the Greenway. The new 3:00, so it'll be getting dark soon.
If you have them, bring broom, rake, gardening gloves, etc. I have lots of new leaf bags.
We'll cancel if it's raining significantly at 2:45 or 3:00.
With any luck, it'll be nice and dry and we can rake up some leaves. Also, Sam from Choices said she might be able to get the Choices power washer, and, if so, we can clean the mosaics and the benches.
See you tomorrow!
Penny



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Monday, October 26, 2015

Work Party in Greenway, today! Monday! 3:00!

Hi Brit Neighbours,
We will have a work party in the Greenway today, weather permitting, at 3:00. (If it's actually raining at 3:00, let's not…)
Christine can't make it, but she'll drop off some foxgloves that we can plant, and Ann brought me a few bulbs from the Green Street's Garden Party that we can put in. And we can do a bit of raking. Anyone know if we need more leaf bags? I have a feeling we do. I might have a couple in my garage that I can contribute. And I'll buy more soon.
Hope to see you at 3:00.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Join us for a work party tomorrow (Oct 19th), 3:00

We will have a work party — maybe just an hour or so — in the Greenway, tomorrow (Oct 19th), starting at 3:00. Please join us if you're available!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Work Party Monday?

Hello friends,
I've flaked out on you for the past couple of Mondays … and now I've gotten a cold (which Steve caught from our grandson in Portland, and has had all week) so I expect I'll need to lay low for a couple of days.
I've got the key to the storage cupboard. If anyone wants to have a work party tomorrow, feel free to stop by to get it!
NEXT Monday is Thanksgiving. Paul will be back, too. Shall we convene in the Greenway next Monday at 3:00 and survey the gardens and the planters and see what needs doing and make some plans for the next little while??
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, September 21, 2015

No Work Party today (Monday Sept 21)

Hi folks,
A few of us are away today and I don't think there's anything extraordinary to do, so let's not have a work party today.
Enjoy one of the last couple of days of summer — perhaps even working in your own garden!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Work Party Monday, Sept 14, 3:00

Hi folks,
Thanks to Sara Orchard, the Green Streets Coordinator, a Park Board crew came out this week and hauled away all the oak branches that we, and especially Eric Phillips, had carefully removed from the south garden beds and piled up for removal! Whew. That was an ordeal. We still need to do a bit of remedial clean-up, and that will be our task tomorrow at the work party.
I won't be there, myself — I've got a meeting at 3:15 — but Paul will be there and will have the key to our storage cupboard.
If you happen to arrive before Paul, you could just start tidying up.
Cheers and sorry I won't be there.
Penny

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Labour Day Work Party, Greenway, 3:00

Hi. 

They don't call it Labour Day for nothing! We've got a big job, finishing up what Eric has so valiantly started — Just after the big storm, the City or Hydro came to the Greenway and did a very Major pruning of the oak trees on the south side of the Greenway and just dumped all the branches they removed on top of all our plants there. It was a terrible mess. 


Since then, Eric Phillips has gone down there a few times and started a careful cleanup, lifting the branches off of the plants and piling them up on the paved area so they can be removed (probably chipped first). Tuesday, I will call the City and Hydro and see if we can get a crew out soon to clean up and take away the branches. But in the meantime, we need to get the rest of the branches off of the plants.

Please do join us if you can, 3:00, Monday, Sept 7th. Bring loppers if you have some, secateurs, good gloves.
 
Thankfully, we probably don't need to water this week.

Also, I just wrote a message on Facebook to the organizer of the Parade of Lost Souls for this year: Hi Kat, I'm just hoping that you won't be planning any activities for the Napier Square Greenway. At night, with a big crowd there in the dark, people can't see the plants and they trample them. We had a big problem with that last year. Anywhere but there. Please. Call me if you have any problem with that! Thanks so much.

Penny

PS - If you're interested, the September Garden Club meeting is this Thursday night, 7:00, in the Learning Resources Centre, the big room under the library at Britannia. Please join us!


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The state of the Greenway today...

Hi folks,
Eric Phillips kindly took it upon himself to try to get a pile of the branches off the planted area in the Greenway today. Some of the branches are now piled on the side of the paved area, rather than right on the planted beds.
He then cut some of them up into smaller pieces and loaded up his giant green bin and wheeled it home. What a guy! Thank you, Eric!
He'll also try to join us for the work party next Monday.
Three cheers for Eric!
Have a look at the Greenway if you get a chance, and if you can, please plan to join us next Monday.
Penny

Monday, August 31, 2015

No work party today!! PLUS Horrible Mess in the Greenway!!

It's much too awful weather-wise to have a work party in the Greenway. 

And there's good news and bad news. The good news is: it's raining, so watering will not be necessary.

The bad news, however, is that someone decided to do a very dramatic pruning/thinning of the oak trees in the Greenway — maybe they were a hazard to pedestrians walking through? — and, instead of taking the branches they took off away with them, they've piled everything that they cut off all along the south side of the Greenway on top of all our plants and shrubs. Tons and mountains of branches! It's a real mess.
We'll have to get a Park Board work crew to come and take away all the debris soon — but, in any case, I expect we will have lost a lot of plants! After nursing them along all summer!
:-(

Anyway, check it out if you get a chance, and we'll try for a work party next Monday.

Cheers,
Penny

I tried to get a good shot of the devastation, but my camera gave up the ghost after one photo. This will give you an idea:

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Work Party -- tentatively -- tomorrow (Aug 31) at 3:00

Work Party -- tentatively -- tomorrow (Aug 31) at 3:00…
Weather permitting. If it's raining, let's not.
If it has rained during the day tomorrow but it's not raining at 2:30 or 3:00, we can meet and see what needs to be done. Maybe a bit of clean-up after the giant windstorm.
If it hasn't rained all day tomorrow, maybe we can try out our new 150' of flexi-light hoses.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday, Aug 24th

As usual, 3:00. Some of our plants are really suffering, so we should have at least two groups watering (one on the planters and one on the Greenway)… Paul's away tomorrow, too, so if you can possibly help out, that would be grand.
Cheers, Penny

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Work party, Greenway, Monday, 3:00!

As usual!
Penny

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Work Party on Monday (Aug 10th)

There will be a work party in the Greenway on Monday, 3:00. I will not be there, but Paul will have a key to the kingdom (er… I mean storage cupboard).
Always lots to do. Come if you can! Bring tools if you've got 'em.
Cheers,
Penny

Saturday, August 01, 2015

No Regular Work Party tomorrow, Monday, Aug 2nd

It's a long weekend and tomorrow's the BC Day holiday, so Paul and I have arbitrarily decided not to have a regular work party tomorrow, but the two of us will meet tomorrow morning to water everything. If you want to help out with that, we'll be there around 9:30.
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Work Party tomorrow, Monday, July 27, 3:00!

Even though we've had a bit of rain, we'll want to water the planters and the plants that are suffering the most in the Greenway. And we can weed and schmooze as well.
Bring your tools if you have them.
See you in the Greenway around 3:00!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Work party in the Greenway, Monday July 20th, 3:00

Yes, folks, we are having yet another work party in the Greenway tomorrow.
We'll likely need to water! It's still so DRY! 
Plus, there are weeds! And there's pruning! And sweeping! And chatting!
Come if you can. No need to RSVP.
Bring your own tools if you have them (kneeling pad, bucket, weeding tool, secateurs, gardening gloves, etc.).
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Work party in the Greenway, Monday, July 13th, 3:00!

Howdy,
As usual, we'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, rain or shine. I think most of us would actually be hoping for rain! We should probably water; we've had a little rain, but not the deluge we'd need to water the whole Greenway thoroughly. There's also lots of other stuff to do, not just watering.
Bring your own paraphernalia if you have it (gloves, kneeling pad, weeding tool, secateurs, trowel, bucket, etc.)…
We've got garden-debris bags.
Hope you can make it!
Penny

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Work Party Monday July 6th, 3:00

See you there!
Watering!!
P.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Work party in the Greenway this afternoon!

We'll meet in the Greenway today (Monday, June 29th) at 3:00, as usual.
Bring your tools if you have 'em.
See you there!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Work party in the Greenway, Monday June 22, 3:00!

Work party in the Greenway, Monday June 22, 3:00! Day after the Garden Tour!
Come if you can!
Bring tools if you have 'em.
See you then. We'll probably have a bit of clean-up to do post-Car-Free Commercial Drive.
Penny


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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Work Party in the Greenway tomorrow (Monday, June 8th), 3:00!

Please join us if you can. Bring garden tools (secateurs, weeding tool, kneeling pad, rake, broom, what-have-you) if you've got them. I'll bring garden waste bags. It's fun. We'll do a bit of weeding. Maybe a bit of watering if anything's really dry. Sweeping.
No need to RSVP. Just show up at 3:00-ish.
Cheers,
Penny


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Our blogs:
britannianeighbours.blogspot.ca
eastsidegardentour.blogspot.ca
grandviewgardenclub.blogspot.ca

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Work party tomorrow, Greenway, Monday, May 25th, 3:00!

Hi Folks,
We'll plant a nice rhodo at the peak of the berm by Sweet Cherubim, which Christine and I got at GardenWorks last week, and we'll plant some pansies in "Paul's Folly".
And, since it's been quite dry, we'll water the Greenway and the cement planters in the courtyard. And do a bit of weeding.
If you can make it, please bring your gardening gloves, weeding tools, shovel, etc. I'll bring some garden-refuse bags.
Hope to see you!
Penny

Monday, May 18, 2015

New plants in the Britannia courtyard...

Hi.

Just wanted to let you know that Britannia Neighbours has assumed responsibility for the eleven cement planters in the Brit courtyard and, this morning, we put over $500 worth of plants into them. 
Please notice and enjoy them!

And please also let the kids around Brit know that they are super-special plants and that they should be kind to them. 

The two largest are trees. There's a new/replacement Al Stusiak Memorial Tree, which had died, a Stewartia pseudo camellia, and the one farthest west is a ginkgo biloba, one of the most ancient trees in the world, and we were wondering if it should be named the Doug Soo Memorial Tree. Perhaps the new Brit Board could decide that?
Doug was a lovely man and a terrific champion of Britannia (was Executive Director for a few years, starting in 1985) and he died suddenly at age 65 in January 2014.


Spread the word, everyone!
Thanks very much.

Penny on behalf of Brit Neighbours


The trees and shrubs should be delivered at 10:00!

News Bulletin!
GardenWorks delivery person has called me … The trees and shrubs will be delivered at 10:00!
If you're available, please meet me at the west end of the Greenway to help plant them!
Bring shovel/wheelbarrow/gardening gloves if you have them.
Thanks!
Penny

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Work Party tomorrow -- Monday, May 18th -- in the Greenway!

Hi Brit Neighbours!
Christine and I went to GardenWorks a couple of days ago and bought some trees and shrubs to be planted in the large cement planters in the courtyard down at Britannia and they are going to be delivered tomorrow (Monday). They can't tell us exactly what time they'll deliver, but I hope they arrive relatively early in the morning, so we can get them in before lunch.
Anyway, we will need as many helpers as we can assemble tomorrow, and, unfortunately, I don't yet know what TIME we will need you. If you are available, please check this blog in the morning! As soon as I hear from GardenWorks that the trees/shrubs will be delivered — they said they'd call an hour or so before they will arrive —  I'll post another message out to let you know what time they will get to us.
Cheers and thanks!
Penny

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Plants/trees!

Hi all,

Christine and I went to GardenWorks this afternoon and selected some trees and plants to buy for the Greenway and the planters in the courtyard.
We think they will give us a 20% discount but we will have to pay for the delivery. Christine is writing the letter to the manager of GardenWorks to secure the discount.

* For the Al Stusiak planter, we got a Stewartia pseudo camellia.
* We thought we'd keep the styrax japonica (snowbell tree) that had been topped/broken because it looks so nice, now that it's leafed out and has flower buds all over it. So we got another one for the planter on the other side of the Al Stusiak tree.
* For the large planter at the west end, we got a ginko biloba.
* For one of the remaining planters, we got a very nice viburnum mariesii (summer snowflake, which is a UBC introduction).
* We also got a very nice looking red rhodo (not huge, but it'll grow!) for the centrepiece in the southeast Greenway berm.

Some of us will be going to the Greenway tomorrow morning to continue to work on the pile of soil and to get the planters ready for their new plants/trees!
Please join us if you can!

Penny (& Christine)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Work Party, Monday, 3:00 or so!

We'll be having a SERIOUS work party Monday. The City is sending us a big load of soil/compost, and we'll be topping up the beds and the planters in the Brit courtyard. The soil is due to arrive at 2:30. So come any time after 2:00 to weed the planters and get them ready for new soil. Bring your shovel, wheelbarrow, buckets, gardening gloves, whatever!
See you there. No need to RSVP. Just come if you can!
Penny

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Work Party in the Greenway tomorrow (Monday, May 4th), 3:00 p.m.

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
Unless it's raining right at 3:00 tomorrow (and it might be … there is rain in the forecast), we are going to have a work party in the Greenway. Please come if you can. No need to RSVP. Just bring your favourite gardening tools (secateurs, kneeling pad, weeding tool, trowel, gloves, rake, etc.) and I'll bring garden-waste bags. We have extra tools if you need them.
3:00, Greenway, May 4th!
Cheers,
Penny

Camper(s) in the Greenway this weekend!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Work Party in the Greenway tomorrow (Monday, April 27th), 3:00 p.m.

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
Unless it's raining right at 3:00 tomorrow, we are going to have a work party in the Greenway. Please come if you can. No need to RSVP. Just bring your favourite gardening tools (secateurs, kneeling pad, weeding tool, trowel, gloves, rake, etc.) and I'll bring garden-waste bags. We have extra tools if you need them.
3:00, Greenway, April 27th!
I'll also bring the new hoses and the hand cart and we can try them out and see what we all think…
One thing I'd like to suggest we do as part of our work tomorrow is to clean out our storage area and do an inventory of our equipment.
Cheers,
Penny

Owl at Van Dusen this afternoon!

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Work Party in the Greenway next Monday... (April 13th)

Hi. 
We'll have a work party next Monday, April 13th!
Please come if you can. 
As usual, there's no need to RSVP. Just bring your favourite gardening tools (secateurs, kneeling pad, weeding tool, trowel, gloves, rake, etc.) and someone will bring garden-waste bags and the key to the storage cupboard.
That'll be 3:00, Greenway, April 13th! (Cancelled if it's actually raining at 3:00!)

Please make a note that there will also be a work party on Monday April 20th!

Cheers,
Penny


Sunday, April 05, 2015

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, 3:00!

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
Even though tomorrow's Easter Monday, we are going to have a work party. Please come if you can. No need to RSVP. Just bring your favourite gardening tools (secateurs, kneeling pad, weeding tool, trowel, gloves, rake, etc.) and I'll bring garden-waste bags.
3:00, Greenway, April 6th!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Work Party tomorrow (Monday, March 30, 3:00)

Hi Britannia Neighbours,
With any luck, we’ll have a work party tomorrow (Monday, March 30, 3:00) in the Napier Square Greenway. Please come if you can. We didn’t have a work party last Monday because it was miserable and raining. It’s quite likely to be raining again this Monday. So … WEATHER PERMITTING. 
If it’s nice at 3:00, let’s do it. If not, we’ll postpone for a week!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Work Party in the Greenway tomorrow (March 23), 3:00

Hi folks,

We'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, weather permitting. 

Someone gave me a large viburnum shrub to plant in the garden around the new book exchange at Salsbury and Napier, but Christine also donated a fire bush to go in there, and the gardeners today agreed that the fire bush is more suitable for the location and they planted it. 

Both large shrubs will not fit, so I've got this lovely viburnum to find a home for. I'm thinking it could be the centrepiece of the berm in the southeast corner of the Greenway, if others agree. (It could also be suitable for one of the planters, but we don't have the compost yet, and the planters are not ready to receive plants.)
So… I will bring the viburnum down in my wheelbarrow and we can decide where it should go!

Here it is:

Hope the weather's dandy.
Come if you can. No need to RSVP. 
Bring your own tools (gloves, secateurs, kneeling pad, trowel, rake, broom, whatever…) and I'll bring garden-debris bags.

Cheers,
Penny




Sunday, March 15, 2015

Work party in the Greenway, Monday, Mar 16, 3:00, weather permitting!

Hope you can make it. Bring your own tools if you have them.
If it's actually raining at 3:00, we'll postpone to next Monday.
Cheers,
:-)
Penny

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Work Party Monday, 3:00!

Hello Britannia Neighbours,
Just to let you know that we will have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow (Monday, March 9), but the very first order of business will be for us to gather down in the area of the Britannia courtyard (with coffee and goodies) and have a look at the dozen or so large cement planters we have adopted and decide what plants to get for which planter. We will be trying to coordinate the planting of the new plants with the delivery of some soil for the Greenway so we can top-up the Greenway beds and the planters at the same time.
After that confab, we will have a short work party in the Greenway, so bring your usual gear and enthusiasm!
3:00 tomorrow!
See you then.
Penny




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Sunday, March 01, 2015

Work Party Tomorrow (Monday, March 2), 3:00!

Happy Sunshiny Days, Grandview Gardeners!
Yes, indeed! It will be our third work party of the season (weather permitting, but it is supposed to be nice). Bring your usual tools — secateurs, rake, kneeling pad, gardening gloves, etc. — and I'll bring some leaf bags. We'll probably just work for an hour or hour and a half.
And daylight savings starts already next Sat/Sun night!
Penny


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Bees and a pollinator pathway...

I believe Pat is organizing a meeting to discuss a potential "pollinator pathway" to take place Thursday night at 7:00 at Britannia.
Call Pat for more info!
Cheers,
Penny

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow (Monday, Feb 23), 3:00!

Happy Early Spring, Grandview Gardeners!
Yes, indeed! It will be our second work party of the season (weather permitting, but it is supposed to be nice). Bring your usual tools — secateurs, rake, kneeling pad, gardening gloves, etc. — and I'll bring some leaf bags. We'll probably just work for an hour or hour and a half.
Isn't this amazing weather?
Penny

Sunday, February 15, 2015

First Work Party of the "Spring"!

We'll have our first work party of the "Spring" — I know it's not Spring yet, but it's certainly Spring-like — tomorrow, Monday, Feb 16th, 3:00.
Bring what you like for gardening — rake, secateurs, kneeling pad, weeding tools, gardening gloves, etc. I'll bring leaf bags. And we have a few tools in the tool shed.
See you there!
Penny

(PS - Don't feel any obligation to join us. Just come when you can! Many hands make light work. We generally have a really jolly time. And we'd love for you to be there.)

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Meeting Sunday, 3:00!

Hi.
Just a reminder that we're having a combined Britannia Neighbours, Grandview Garden Club, East Side Garden Tour "business" meeting tomorrow, Sunday (Feb 8th), 3:00, at Britannia.
Please come if you can. We have a long and really interesting agenda and we'd love your input.
We'll be meeting in the Family Activity Room, just across the courtyard from the Info Centre.
Cheers and hope to see you there!
Penny

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snowdrops and some AMAZINGLY high heels in the Greenway today!


 

 



 

 



 

 


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Britannia Neighbours Meeting — Feb 8th

Hi Brit Neighbours,

We're having a meeting at Britannia, Sunday, February 8th, 3:00–5:00 p.m., and you're welcome to join us. 

This will be a combined meeting of the organizational people behind Britannia Neighbours, the East Van Garden Tour, and the Grandview Garden Club. 

There’s quite a bit of people-overlap between these three Brit Neighbours activities. 

I’ve reserved the Family Activity Room at Britannia, which is on the northeast corner of the Elementary School, kitty corner from the Info Centre. The Info Centre closes at 4:00 on Sundays, but in the Family Activity Room, we can meet as long after 4:00 as we need to.

There are a few things we should get moving on ASAP, such as:
  • deciding, for the planters in the Brit courtyard, which plants to keep and what new plants we may want to buy to plant in them;
  • asking Greenstreets to deliver some new soil for the Greenway, some of which we can use for the planters in the Brit courtyard;
  • strategizing about what to do to find/hire someone to water this summer;
  • talking about whether to keep putting up the mason bee condo, which has been unproductive for a couple of years (maybe too urban a setting? maybe nothing in the Greenway that blooms at the perfect mason-bee time?);
  • dealing with the black mould that’s ruining the Victoria Oginski panels, which we paid for, in the Sweet Cherubim windows, etc. (Victoria and I talked to Rajinder Bagga at Sweet C about this about a year ago and he said he’d deal with it, but he hasn’t taken any action yet… we may need to take this on as a project…).

 I know Christine also has a few things she wants to discuss about the Garden Club, and that Pat and Sandy and Janet are keen to rehabilitate Mosaic Creek Park in time for the Garden Tour in June. If there’s anything else you’d like to have discussed, please let me know, and I’ll create an agenda.

Cheers and hope to see you there. RSVP to britneighbours@gmail.com.
Thanks.

Penny

PS - I know Pat’s planning an additional Brit Neighbours meeting for the end of February. Maybe we can cover off all her concerns at this one. Or maybe we’ll need to have two meetings if we don’t get everything discussed at this one.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

No work party in the Greenway this Monday...

Hi folks,
It's too bloody cold to do gardening in the Greenway! Also, there's not much we need to do, is there?
What do you think? Shall we officially take a couple of months off, and resume again in Feb?
Cheers,
P.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Work party tomorrow (Monday Nov 17th). ...

Hi folks,

I can't make it for a work party tomorrow (Monday Nov 17th). I've got an appointment right at 3:00. But it should be a really splendid leaf-raking day. I will leave a few leaf bags on my front porch in case anyone feels like doing a bit of raking in the Greenway. It'll be cold and dry and sunny again. The leaves in the Greenway will be super dry and easy to rake. Go for it!

I won't be able to make it NEXT Monday either, I'm sorry to say. But we've pretty much run out of tasks for the year. We could rake up a few more leaves, but there's not too much to do between now and early spring.

We should probably organize a Brit Neighbours meeting for December so we can make some decisions about what to plant in the courtyard planters and how to find someone good/reliable to hire to do the watering next summer. And to celebrate another very successful year of keeping the Greenway beautiful and putting on a splendid Garden Tour.
Watch for announcement!

Cheers,
Penny

Monday, November 10, 2014

Work party today (Monday, Nov 10) in the Greenway, 3:00

Hi.
Work party today (Monday, Nov 10) in the Greenway, 3:00!
Raking! Talking about what to put in the planters in the Brit courtyard!
Please come if you can. If you have a leaf rake, please bring it. I'll bring leaf bags.
We'll probably just work for an hour today since it gets dark so early. It's going to be sunny and nice all week, but it will be chilly.
Penny

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Work Party, 3:00 Monday, unless it's raining

Hi folks,
We'll have a work party tomorrow (Monday, Oct 27th), weather permitting. If it's really raining, let's not do it, but if it's reasonably nice, we can rake and prune and weed, etc.
Bring your usual supplies (secateurs, gloves, rake, weeding tools, kneeling pad, etc.). I'll bring leaf bags.
Cheers!
Penny

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Work Party, Monday Oct 20th, 3:00

Hi.
We've got quite a few plants to put in the ground that we acquired at the plant sale last week… and we can do some raking and weeding and gathering of acorns for Youngmee's mother-in-law (formerly of Florida Market). Please join us if you can and bring along whatever gardening implements you like (kneeling pad, secateurs, rake, gloves, etc.).
I might only have one or two leaf bags. If I remember and have time, I'll get more before 3:00.
:-)
Come if you can. No need to RSVP.
Penny

Sunday, October 12, 2014

No work party this Monday!

It's Thanksgiving. Lots of us will be cooking or relaxing.
Plus, it might well be raining.
Let's try for next Monday!
Cheers,
Penny

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

A report on Mason Bees for 2014...

Hi.
I took the mason bees down a few days ago and here's my report:
In the two mason bee condos in my back yard (one plastic and one paper tubes, a style that Derry Walsh recommended) there were NO cocoons! None. Not one. Not even any horrible evidence that there had been some but they'd been destroyed.
In the one plastic condo in the Greenway, there were a total of 7 viable cocoons and lots of icky stuff (like maggots and two live wasps, etc. — it's not a fun process, cleaning them out). Those 7 are now in my fridge until spring.
Disappointing, this year!
Here's hoping for better results next year! We'll have to purchase some cocoons in the spring.
Penny

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Work Party, Greenway, 3:00 Monday!

Hi.
We got rained out last week. I hope the weather stays as phenomenal as it has been over the last few days… Unless it's pouring, we'll have a work party! If it is raining in the afternoon, please check your e-mail before you venture forth...
Hope to see you there!
Bring the usual (gardening gloves, rake, broom, kneeling pad, weeding tool, secateurs, etc.)
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, September 29, 2014

Too wet today! Work party cancelled!

Let's try again for next Monday! Thanks. Penny

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday, 3:00!

Hi folks,
We'll do some planting tomorrow, Sept 29th, and start our clean-up of the Greenway for winter — which will include taking down the mason bees and see how many cocoons we got this year, digging up some of the lovely and colourful coleus plants and see if we can keep them alive over the winter so we can put them back into the Greenway in the Spring. They were so successful this year!
Anyway, there's lots to do.
Bring your gardening equipment, as usual (gloves, secateurs, rake, kneeling pad, etc.). I'll bring garden-debris bags.
No need to RSVP. Just come if you can!


Cheers,
Penny

Monday, September 01, 2014

No work party today...

Hello Brit Neighbours,

There won't be a work party today. A lot of people are out of town or busy with various other activities. Plus, we don't really need to water today because we've had pretty much rain lately.

There will definitely be a work party on Monday, Sept 8th, 3:00, Napier Greenway!
And on the 15th!
And on the 22nd!
Please note these in your calendar…

I will be out of town for a couple of weeks, but you all know the drill. Bring your weeding tools, kneeling pads, secateurs, gardening gloves, etc. There's no need to RSVP. Just show up if you're available.
Happy gardening!

Penny

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Work party tomorrow, Monday, Aug 25, 3:00

Hi folks,
As usual, we'll have a work party in the Greenway tomorrow, Monday, Aug 25, at 3:00. If you're able to come, please do. Bring your usual equipment (kneeling pad, secateurs, weeding tools, gardening gloves, etc.). I'll bring garden debris bags. Our main task will be watering.
Also, I'm sorry to say that our trusty Greenway Waterer, Katherine Polgrain, has decided that she doesn't want to continue on for next year, so we'll need to get together to talk about finding a good person to assume that role next summer. Katherine will finish up this year's watering. Thank you for your dedicated service over several years, Katherine!
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 18, 2014

Work party today, Monday Aug 18th, at 3:00

Katherine will be watering today around midday, so we shouldn't need to do too much watering this afternoon. So pruning, tidying up after Artful Sunday, etc. Bring kneeling pad (by the way, I found mine!), secateurs, weeding tools, gardening gloves, etc. I'll bring garden debris bags.
No need to RSVP. Just come if you can make it.
Penny

Monday, August 11, 2014

Work party in the greenway today, 3:00. Watering!

Hi folks,
It's been really dry. Katherine watered a couple of times last week, but we need to give the whole place a good soaking today, so the main activity will be watering.
Come if you can! No RSVP necessary.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, August 04, 2014

Work Party today, Monday (even though it's a holiday), 3:00

Hi Everyone,
Work Party in the Greenway today, Monday, August 4th. Main task: watering!
Come if you can!
Cheers,
Penny

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Katherine's watering again!

Katherine's had a horrid time with her injuries but I'm happy to report that she's back in the saddle. Here she is watering in the Greenway this afternoon.
Cheers,
Penny


Monday, July 28, 2014

Watering the planter boxes

We watered and weeded the planter boxes in the Brit courtyard today (and threw out slews of sunflower plants that had been broken by the people who regularly abuse plants down there). But there are a few that might mature to flowering. We'll see. We do what we can!
Louise and Seonaid and Lucy and I were there today. Here's Lucy watering.
Cheers,
Penny


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Work party in the Greenway Monday 3:00

Hi everyone,
There's an upholstered chair in the Greenway that we may be able to figure out how to get rid of. And there's always weeding and pruning. It's supposed to be hot all week, too, so depending on Katherine's schedule, we may also need to do some watering.
3:00 tomorrow, Monday, July 28. No need to RSVP.
Cheers,
Penny

PS - Update on the chair: I talked to the always-helpful, always-cheerful Activity Coordinator, Paul, about the chair and he got the Brit dolly and wheeled it away to the Britannia dumpster! Thank you, Paul!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Work Party in the Greenway today, Bastille Day!

Come and help out in the Greenway, 3:00. We'll water, prune, weed, etc.
Watering is especially important now, because Katherine has been out of commission for a while with her broken arm. She'll be back soon, but we haven't had a significant rain for ages ... plus, it's been really hot! Bring watering can if you have one, and secateurs, weeding tools, kneeling pad, etc.
Cheers,
Penny

Monday, June 30, 2014

Work party in the Greenway today, June 30, 3:00!

Hi folks,
We will be working in the Greenway this afternoon, starting at 3:00. Please join us if you can. No RSVP necessary. Please do bring your various gardening tools (gloves, kneeling pad, secateurs/pruners/loppers, weeding implements, trowel). We will be pruning a few large shrubs, weeding, watering (in anticipation of a sunny week and Katherine with a broken arm), etc.
See you there!
Also, if you would prefer not to be on this e-mail list, please let me know and I will remove you!
Cheers,
Penny

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Surprise work party, mid-week!

Howdy...
Paul and Christine and I went to the Sunset Nursery sale today and got a slew of new plants to put in the Greenway. Coleus, begonias, cosmos, alyssum, etc., and we think it best to get it into the ground ASAP .... So! We're going to meet in the Greenway tomorrow, Wednesday (June 25), at 1:30 and plant them all.
Please join us if you can.
As usual, no RSVP is necessary. Bring your own tools if you have them (gloves, secateurs, trowel, kneeling pad, weed bucket, etc.). If you don't have them, we can probably help you out. We have a few of each.
Cheers,
Penny

PS - Potatoes in the Greenway!!


Sunday, June 22, 2014

Greenway Work Party, Monday, June 23rd!

Work party in the Greenway, Monday, June 23!
Please join us if you can. We'll do some weeding and planting and watering (if necessary).
Bring your own tools if you have them (gloves, kneeling pad, trowel, secateurs, etc.). If not, we have some.
We generally start at 3:00. Depending on the tasks and our energy levels, we aim to finish at 5:00 but sometimes leave earlier ... or stay later.
No need to RSVP. Just show up!


Monday, June 09, 2014

Work party in the Greenway, Monday June 9th!

Work party in the Greenway, Monday June 9th, 3:00-5:00.
I'm sure the garden needs a little TLC after the huge crowds on Italian Day. And this is the last work party before Car-Free Commercial Drive, too, so we need to get it ready for another onslaught.

Plus, we can put the plants back into the new berm/raised bed in the southeast corner. 
Anyway, come if you can; bring tools if you have them, no need to RSVP.
Cheers,
Penny




Monday, June 02, 2014

Work party in the Greenway today, June 2!

3:00! Come if you can!
Ruth has gotten a slew of bulbs, and we need to sort them and prepare them to go into storage until the fall.
We'll also do some work on the planters in the Brit courtyard.
Cheers,
Penny