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I'm sorry I've not been on-line much, but as many of you know this time of year can be really busy for us here on the farm. : - )
However, I look forward to reading your thoughts and quotes, so I hope you'll continue to participate in this thread.
Whew, I wasn't sure I could make that linkage work, but I finally got it to. Yippee.
Passiflora is the flower above, and I want to ask what you are passionate about?
This is something I am passionate about.
"The only way you can truly control how you are seen is by being honest all the time."
Works for me, and it doesn't mean you have to be hurtful with your honesty. You can refrain from speaking, but it has been my experience that the truth is less hurtful in the long run than any well meant lie.
Any one out there got anything to say or add?
Love your quote Dale. You Confucius me. Saw your 'small' photo and thought "that looks like San Francisco", then looked at your FL location. Clicked to enlarge it. It IS SF, right? Doesn't look like the Tampa I saw for 1991 SuperBowl when there.
Prices out here where there is very little public transportation are influenced by the distance from where the jobs are. People that still have jobs are finding out the true costs of 90 minute to two hour commutes and trying to move closer to their work, so when we were looking for a place we found prices dropping the further from the big cities we got.
I would be surprised if prices here are any higher here than the Bay area, as the crazy environmental laws have made property development so expensive they have driven CA property prices unreasonably high the last thirty years.
I like topiary, too, and enjoyed doing a bit of it with the Nursery Trees, not to make them look like animals but just to enhance their natural shapes.
But my favorites i think were natually distorted Sub-Alpine Firs, that we would collect just below timberline and sell to our customers. Most of them grew straight and beautiful in an elegant way, but some would be stunted, with growth reduced as much as 90%, growing 2 feet tall in 20 years instead of 20 feet, if they happened to take root in an inch of soil on bedrock, and some would be pushed over and bent by heavy wet snow. Just Natural Bonsai. I posted a picture on one i collected and kept, in the Bonsai forum.
Then, one of the Crabapples that i tried to grow, just wanted too much space to spread out for it to fit in the rows, so i helped it reach its potential. I will post the picture. It is called Strawberry Parfait, as that is what the blossoms looked like.
Dale, I see you have tons of SF pictures. I suppose anything coastal is $$$$. There is a place further north than the Bay area I would like to explore, Ferndale near Eureka. Very moderate climate and quaint. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferndale,_California . Anything along the Mendocino Coast. I like Gualala, if not just for its name, but a woodsy coastal community.
Ernie, Your blossomed tree has a very cool shape and you have such a neat and tidy house/property. From one who lives on 'just dirt' property, that grass is glaringly green. My brain loves it as our brains crave the green color. I just would not want to take care of it and the hot dry weather here make grass a very big $$ project.
If you like the grass around the tree, I am sure you will like the view i had from there, looking across the valley. But the downside is the last winter i lived up there we had 14 feet of snow. So, just plain dirt, or even mud, was welcome by March.
That location is in North Idaho, thirty miles south of the Canadian Border.
Gardening is cheaper than therapy and you get tomatoes. ~Author Unknown
I lived in Eureka, briefly. Beautiful country, redwoods trees are weeds there. Also very boring, expensive and it takes hours to get anywhere. You have to be very 'self contained'.
Sonoma County is better. Ferndale is a nice area.
I grew up in Minnesota10 miles from Zone 3, according to the USDA. Most years it was zone 3. It wasn't until I was 17 that I realized that Aspen Trees didn't grow everywhere - and that some people in the US never had to shovel snow!
I do have pretty grass here now, as i laid some fescue sod a couple of months ago, and it is growing so fast i had to buy a grass catcher for the mower. I may wind up with a hay farm, and like you say, the cost of water here in CA is just outrageous. But if you do plant any more grass, i highly recommend the Fescue.
I have not seen any bugs around it so far, but i do hope it has some. What kind of bugs should i expect? We have about 30 or 40 wild birds here in the Spring, and I want enough bugs to keep them happy. But i left a large patch of weedy ground cover in front of the Patio, when i sodded the lawn, because the birds find more bugs and seeds there than they do in the grassy areas.
It is easy to tell from the nice pictures of the plants that you live in a warm climate. Have you ever noticed how the Tree leaves get larger as you go South? I assume the same rule applies to other plants. Just compare the Aspen you grew up with to the Magnolia, etc.
I have been reading about the re-union, but the situation is, while my mind and body are only 85 years old, my feet, ankles and ears are about 100 years old, so that has pretty well put a stop to my partying and socializing
But I am sure it will be a lot of fun, and i look forward to seeing a lot of discussion about it in the forums.
I have never had a problem with lawn grass pests, either. And, until last Spring, when we watched the Fly Catchers repeatedly swoop down and grab a bug, i had no idea there was so many insects anywhere. But they do a good job of controlling them. While conditions would be ideal here for mosquitoes and other biting bugs, we see very few.
We are having a wonderful and badly needed rain today, the first good one since back in November.
Oh boy, do I like the way you think! : - )
Last time I tried to show five photos at once the 'puter ate 'em! How'd you do that?
My YB in TX sent me this video, along with the comment that it seemed like fun in a sociopathic way.
I'm on the fence with this one. Would appreciate your imput.
Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2umEFHeo6mw
Everyone knows I hate rodents, but it does look so satisfying yet at the same time I wonder if it truly is humane? What about other burrowing critters who might be living in the vicinity?
Let me know what you think.
I think whatever it takes is just right. I have managed to eliminate my own with poison, water and stomping the tunnels with a digging bar, but have to kill immigrators that are trying to come in again. If my methods fail, i will be shopping for one of these, for sure.
Dale, I cannot believe your photographic arsenal. And NONE of these are on your property? Do you always have a camera or smartphone with you for photos? You take great shots. Loved this one: It's Spring and I'm so excited I wet my plants.
SingingWolf, I watched the rodinator video and at first, I too was thrilled. Gophers have destroyed a great deal here. Plants that are difficult to replace are gone or barely alive. But then I calmed down and realized you are right. What about all the other animals that share a gophers tunnels? For example, I want to attract and encourage gopher snakes. I wouldn't want to be killing the local snake population with one of those.
"If you can't say something nice, change the subject."
Too funny Dale, I love Rita Rudner, and still miss her wacky sense of humor.
I too loved the one about spring and wetting your plants. I love word play too. : - )
Not to mention, as QG said, you've got a great photo arsenal. LOL! : - )
I was thinking about the burrowing owls too, and the squirrels because the owls live in their old burrows. They don't like gopher burrows, and hadn't thought of the effect of the device on the pvc pipes underground. DH wouldn't like it if all his pipes got busted. He did think that it would probably kill the beneficial ground dwellers too, but they do tend to migrate after their prey. Hmmm . . .
I do appreciate the lengths people will go to to thwart them pesky rodents, but I don't think the rodinater is for us.
Nice hearing from you Cat. It's been awhile. I've missed you. : - )