Showing posts from April, 2018

Visit the Blog with a Secure Connection

Fidalgo Island Crossings may now be visited over a secure connection using the URL HTTPS://  Links and bookmarks using the unencrypted HTTP format should also work and redirect to the HTTPS environment.  If you are having difficulties, try switching the address to the HTTPS form.

Weather Data Missing?

Also, apologies are in order.  Visitors to the Weather page may have noticed  the weather data is missing.  The outfit that hosted this data was sold to a holding company.  On a day's notice all of their accounts were migrated to another host, something called Site5.  This immediately stopped the data feeds from the weather station.

At the new host, I had everything I needed except the remote path URL for uploading the data page.  For some reason, they could not simply tell me what that was.  Instead, I was confronted with pages and pages of confusing instructions and multiple options.  The bottom line, I was unable to get the feeds working with the new host.  Thei…

Landscaping the New House, Day 2: Planting

In the previous post, I described the gardens I found at the townhouse where I live now, and how they looked after the first day of landscaping work.  On the second day of work, several new plants were added to the beds.  As requested, the landscaper brought me five Rhododendron yakushimanum hybrids.  They're called "Yaks" in gardening lingo.  We planted one in the street-side bed.  Among my favorite rhododendrons, they grow to 3-4 feet high and wide.  The blossoms open a deep magenta, gradually turning pink, then white as they mature.  That little guy is obviously lonely in that bed.  I'll be doing some shopping to find him some companions that will add height, texture and color to this shady spot in front of the house.

The parent plant, R. yakushimanum comes from Yakushima Island, Japan, the namesake of the species.  The island has many features in common with Washington's Olympic Peninsula.  These include a temperate rain forest, a unique species of deer (her…