December 19, 2015 at Pt. Isabel
As Old Saint Nick may once have said “Ho, ho, ho, I’ve never seen so many weeds!” Yes, we returned (energized) from the Paris climate talks, to find that the rain, sun, and soil had unlocked the life force of the mallow, hairy crab grass, radish, oxalis, and numerous recognized but unnamed visitors from faraway lands (maybe they came attached to the reindeer hooves?). As usual, the Pt. Isabel restoration stewards and volunteers donned their gloves, picked up their soil knives and set to work removing the weeds from in and around the carpets of California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and tansy phacelia (Phacelia tanacetifolia) seedlings.
Eagle Scout candidate Jason and his crew started work on his project of moving mulch provided by the City of Richmond onto his site in preparation for planting in January 2016. Jason’s father, who had just returned from Beijing, joined in while commenting on the wonderful air quality at Pt. Isabel.
Core volunteer Rob removed every piece of trash in his dedicated effort to keep the Hoffman marsh clean for its abundant wildlife. John continued his persistent removal of oxalis and other weeds from the main site, and Nina removed radish seedlings and other weeds from her newly cleared area. The dormant narrowleaf milkweeds (Asclepias fascicularis) are re-appearing in greater numbers.
We didn’t find time to pull any weeds while we were in Paris but we were inspired by the green walls of the Musée du Quai Branly around the corner from the Eiffel Tower. Wouldn’t it be great to see that kind of interesting and artistic building design here?
Next official work parties at Pt. Isabel will take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays in January. Please come out and join us!
Jane and Tom Kelly