Burnett: Get your garden ready before it burst forth

For many years I have been interested in the story of how Cliff Serwa and Doug Mervyn saw the potential of making Big White Mountain into a ski hill and generated the cash to make their dream a reality.

I, along with a large crowd of people attending the Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Historical Society annual general meeting held at Parkinson Rec Centre, was privileged to receive a firsthand account from Mr. Serwa outlining how he and good friend Mr. Mervyn first saw the mountain from a distance and over a three-year period explored and even skied down the hill after snowshoeing up.

The fascinating story of pushing a road through and inviting investors to get involved had the audience captivated; a real life adventure that should be made into a book or even a movie.

What they did with shear guts and determination could not be done in this day and age. Thank you Cliff for sharing this marvelous adventure with us.

I have been doing some yard work in between my consultations and thoroughly enjoying this beautiful weather we are experiencing. Mainly the work consists of cleaning up and pruning.

Beginning with my grapes and kiwi I trimmed everything up and sprayed with lime sulphur dormant oil combination then did the same with my peach tree.

Next I cut all my ornamental grasses back to the ground. The early ones such as the feather reed grass have started to grow already so it is time. My pampas froze right out including the root so I will have to don my full armour including gloves and eye protection to remove the entire plant. The foliage on this one is just like a fine tooth saw blade and can easily cut exposed skin.

A couple of years ago I planted a yucca glauca which is a great plant if it is situated out in an area where no one gets near it but this one is right beside my neighbours driveway where it can pierce the skin with its needle-tipped fronds. I removed it last year but obviously didn’t get the whole this as it is coming up from the root again. I will go at it again and hopefully that will be it.

I have lost a few plants such as my lithodora, and possibly my herbaceous hibiscus but I’m pleased to say my Olympia HT tree rose made it through unscathed which is surprising.

All the garden waste is going into the green bin which of course is not large enough for it so the rest is in my trailer ready for a trip to the dump. I do some composting but I don’t have a shredder to break down the woody pruning bits so these go to the dump to be composted into Ogogrow.

I’m seeing some definite signs spring is around the corner with crocus tulips hyacinths and daffodils breaking the surface as well as my giant allium.

Next on the agenda is to construct my raised beds for vegetables. I already have Kelsey onions and some cold crops coming up in the cold frame so in a matter of a couple of weeks the garden should be well on its way.


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