It’s the almost the end of March and it’s 43 degrees. We’ve had rain 22 days this month. (According to our very nearby Indianola weather station). Oh we’ve had a few “sun breaks”, but I’m ready for the real thing. The bees are anxious to get to work, and all this wind and rain is cramping their style. Mine too.
I love these pure white berries hanging from spindly bare branches. This photo was taken Dec. 4. but even now the bushes are still filled with the puffy berries. The birds will get around to eating them soon I’m sure. These are tough shrubs, Symphoricarpos albus, are native to the Pacific Northwest. My row of snowberry bushes started out as bare root sticks from the Kitsap Conservation District Tree Sale about three years ago. They have thrived in the mostly shade. Our honeybee hives are close by and surely contribute to the abundance of berries. Cut branches with berries are striking in flower arrangements. We probably won’t have snow on Christmas, but we can enjoy the beauty of the snowberries.
75 degrees and Sunshine! Sunshine has been rare this summer, but finally we’ve had a good stretch of warmth. Pitifully, this year we consider 72 degrees warm. The bees are not slacking off. We’re hoping for a bountiful honeyola harvest this year.
It’s high season in Indianola, you wouldn’t know it by the weather. But hey we can’t sit around waiting for good weather, it’s summertime now, gray, rain or shine. Indianola Days is this weekend. There’s lots happening Saturday and Sunday. Sadly no Stunt Night was scheduled, maybe next year. It’s hard to find info online about our charming Summer celebration, so I thought I’d post the schedule of events here.
SATURDAY – JULY 30
Sand Castle Contest — low-tide is minus 2.1 ft at around 11 am, judging is at Noon. This isn’t one of those fancy sculpture contests with trucked in fancy sand and pros doing the designing. This is locals having a blast on the beach, coming up with crazy ideas and getting down and dirty building their creations. So join in the fun or come on down and take a tour. It lasts until high tide washes it away.
Steve Kikuchi Fun Run & Walk — 9:15 sign-up, 9:30 kids begin 1/4 mile run, 9:45 adults begin 2 mile run.
Street Fair — 10 am-5 pm, local arts & crafts
Kid’s Beach Games — 11 am
Horseshoe Contest — 11:30 am (right side of dock on tideflats)
Kid’s Corn Husking Contest — 1:30
Indianola Days Salmon Bake — 4:30-7:30, at the Bud Merrill pavilion, the highlight, always well attended, last year over 800 meals served. Cost is $12 for a great salmon dinner, $6 for hot dogs. Bring your own plate, cup and utensils, or add $2 for compostable items. This event leaves a small environmental footprint, I believe all the trash gets composted at Persephone Farm. (Volunteers are needed to help prep/serve/clean up and provide bread and pies — info in the Breeze or check the big Indianola bulletin board or Post Office bulletin board. Or email Fernwoodsy if you want a phone number to call.)
21+ Dance— 8-Midnight at the Clubhouse (not sure of the cost)
SUNDAY – JULY 31
Unique Car Show — 10 am-2 pm
Pet Parade! — 9:30 sign up near clubhouse, parade starts at 10
East vs. West Baseball Game — 11 am
Where is Indianola? OMG you don’t know?
Here’s a link to Indianola, WA on Google Maps.
Beach and pet parade photos above are from 2010 Indianola Days (it was warm and sunny!). All info is from the July 2011 issue of the Indianola Breeze.
The honeybee hives are close by and when it’s warm enough for them to leave the hive I can usually find a few feeding on the pretty pink blossoms of red-flowering currant, Ribes sanguineum. I dug out our old Nikon Coolpix 4500 and captured this macro shot. I love that camera, it’s slow, but is great for capturing bugs on flowers. Naturally the hummingbirds love this plant as well. About two years ago I planted three bare root sticks of red flowering currant I got from the Kitsap Conservation district annual native plant sale. Actually I planted ten sticks around the property. At the time they did not look very impressive. But the three nearest my studio have thrived, become monsters actually, this year the were covered in blossoms and are pushing 6 ft tall.
The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island is a Northwest treasure — 150 acres of paths through varied landscapes, from wild & native to formal & exotic. Their free open house and plant sale was last weekend. It was another cool one in what is our coldest Spring on record (according to weather guru Cliff Mass). Although the weather was chilly, many turned out to tour the gardens and check out the plant sale. I must say I did my part to support the sale and I was inspired to become a member of the Reserve, now I can come with guests for free. Normally the admission is $13. So I plan to get some good walks in, and enjoy the beautiful reserve in all seasons. Here are a few photos, highlighting native plants, the Japanese garden and some exquisite specimens. Take the virtual tour of Bloedel Reserve to get a real sense of this amazing place. Or better yet, visit in-person, reservations are no longer required.