HELEN LANG:Blooming clover brightens way

Still various blooms around as fall sets in on Peninsula

For many years I used a typewriter, but then I got a computer and “sort-of” learned to use it, but not how to do even the least complicated thing.

If I could write a column from beginning to end without losing it, (by mindlessly hitting the wrong button) I felt strong and brave. But then the next week I’d make some dumb error and my column would vanish, never to be seen again. Now, to my shame and horror I’ve done it again.

Oh well, no use trying any longer to find it, it is just plain lost.

I do have a really great thing to tell you. Dina E. called to offer me several allium bulbs. I am overwhelmed at her generosity. Not only that, she has others that she will sell for $2 each. Her telephone number is 250-652-2715.

I have to wait for my daughter to come over from Pender Island to get a ride out to get them, but soon, I hope.

Another caller suggested that to get the best results you should rototill vegetable beds three times, the last time adding your fall rye and mixing it in. Three times sounds like a lot of work, but just think of how well mixed and light your soil will be when you are finished. He tills his beds over a period of nine days.

While out for a walk yesterday I spotted a number of patches of clover blooming amongst the gravel. It was a delighful surprise, seeing it bravely flowering at this time of year and in such an unwelcoming place. Of course there were flowering calendula dotted around in neglected areas, as I walked. They are such willing plants, aren’t they, and yet you seldom see them planted on purpose. Maybe their brilliant orange isn’t the most popular colour in the gardening world, but I believe calendula seed can also be found in a cream colour.

Next year  I’ll try to find some, and let you know.

Helen Lang has been the Peninsula News Review’s garden columnist for more than 25 years.

 

 

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