We put a small pollinator garden in at Blossomwood Farmstead this weekend!
Here’s the hill before, with our chosen perennials placed where we wanted to plant them. We wanted things that would be relatively self-sufficient and not need a lot of watering once established. We planted penstemon, pincushion flower, red hot poker, yarrow, breadseed poppy, cosmos, valerian, and lavender. There was already ceanothus, a yellow red hot poker, and rose cambion.
Getting all the grass and weeds out was the most labor intensive part. It looked like a bit of a mess during the process.
Here it is with all the sod gone, ready to be planted, before the mulch.
Here it is all finished!
It looks a bit sparse now, but there is room for everything to grow and fill in. Can’t wait to see it in a couple years. We have already seen quite a number of bumble bees, humming birds, two butterfly species, and some small native bees as well. It’s amazing how fast they all find new flowers.
There’s an old 1916 farm house on Blossomwood Farmstead. When we purchased it there was unfortunate 70’s wood click-together flooring upstairs in two rooms. There was also, a plywood platform for a king bed in a room that was much too small for it. The third room had grey painted fir sub-floor. (There are additional issues to address — the walls need paint, lack of light/view, no egress windows, etc… but this post is just about the floors.)
We started the project by pulling up the 70’s squares and plywood platform… we were not positive what we would find below, but we hoped it would all be fir sub-floor like the third room.
Looking good! So we decided to carry on and remove all the wood tiles, then refinish the floor.
There was a layer of paper, which was nice, because look at all that dirt it had collected. What would be under the paper?
Painted wood floor. And… sadly, plywood filler. Here’s the whole floor once we had everything up.
We realized that we would have to find some old fir flooring to match. We sourced it at Aurora Mills, which is a great architectural salvage operation. Here are the boards we picked out.
Back at the farm our caretaker went to work sanding the floor. She also tore out the plywood and replaced it with the fir we got her. Cedar (my partner) helped too. What a job! Check out the difference between the sanded portion and the dark old floor.
We did some research and decided to go with OSMO to finish it. AND… drum roll please … the finished floors? Gorgeous!
Before/after of the same room. (Different times of day, but you get the idea!)
It’s hard to believe they are the same floors we started with! There are quite a few more projects to come, but we are really happy to have started from the ground up.