Monday, June 19, 2006
Edgy subjectFinally 'protected' all the lawn plants from the gardners yesterday, but finishing the eding out front... I cheated in some areas by just running a curved edge around a bunch of plants and basically cutting a huge chunk out to the lawn (not that the lawn's huge or anything). So now there is lawn on the non-lawn side of the edge, but I rounded that all up yesterday in the hopes it's brown enough in 3 days the gardners won't be tempted to mow it anyway. And now they also won't continue their relentless whack away at the bases of the palm seedlings to keep the grass of them... now that's my job- me and Round Up, that is. The curvy line will be a challenge for them to mow along, but it can't be any more of a challenge than it was to a mow a lawn dotted with dinky palm seedlings that could easily be run over. Still, many areas now have just a few inches of lawn width, making them hard to mow. Not to worry! Eventuallly it will all be dead, if not from underwatering this summer, but from Round up and more planting :)
Friday, June 16, 2006
planter 12This is the last (large) planter box I will be making... as there is simply no room for any more. Was where wood and junk have been piled up for nearly a year... cleaned up, dug posts, screwed in wood and filled with umpteen bags of garden soil topped off with about 10 bags of cactus/succulent soil. Then tossed in some rocks and proceeded to plant the remainder of unplanted cacti and succulents, along with one of my new cycad seedlings. This planter is unique in that most of it is covered by a patio, so rainfall will be minimal. Planted some of the more sensitive, likely to rot stuff near the back. Will be getting sun in late fall, winter and early spring, but then most of it is in shade over hot summers. NOt sure how all that will be a unique effect.
THis is where planter will go
Friday, June 16, 2006ANd here, 12 hours later, is the planter finished, though without plants.
Friday, June 16, 2006Close up of shady area showing some of larger plants that have been waiting for months now to be planted.... looking happy as can be (and de-weeded)
Monday, June 12, 2006
Giant African Succulent treeTried one of these once before when I lived in the more tundra-like climate of Thousand Oaks (zone 9a-9b)... got it as a dinky seedling, and though it grew great all spring, summer and fall, it just stopped instantly on the first wet cold day below 28 and rotted.
So now I am trying again. this time I got it from someone who had it for 30 years and obviously had no problems with it so far (now my turn to kill it off?).... not really sure why you would grow something that long and then sell it... guess like any of us plant nuts- need room for something else. Anyway, this Adonsonia digitatta has been expertly bonsaid in this pot for over a decade (hasn't been fertilized in about that long, too). The previous owner says we should trim it... hmmm... not sure if we should trim the top, or the bottom branches... but I think we will start with the top ones first. Sure looks nothing like a mature BAobab tree... but it's pretty nice looking either way. I think I will keep this one in a pot... at least another 30 years (not that I will be around that long... but I will try).
Friday, June 9, 2006
It's Fall?Where I grew up in New Mexico, and actually in most of the rest of the country, leaves fall off the trees in Fall. Yet here in So Cal, many of the streets are adorned with unhappy Magnolia trees (and some happy ones, too, but usually nearer the coast). It is one of the most popular trees the city likes to plant along street margins, though I cannot really guess why. THey are massive litter producers, and not just leaves, but large, spikey flower pods, branches, gooey flowers and bird poop (a favorite for pigeon roosting). Sadly our only city tree on my dinky stretch of property is one of these messy beasts, and May is Mess Month. So I rake and I rake, which is no big deal except I also have to pick out leaves from the plants below, which are NOT rakable. Not sure why I planted there... guess it was July last year when I started planting, having completely forgotten the Massive May Magnolia Mess Month Melee. So I planted agaves, cycads and Dasylirion sp that are notoriously stingy about holding on to their leaf litter. They will make you pay with blood (literally) for taking their newfound magnolia leaf coat off them. And then I have to take off all the leaves from the other succulents and plants that are cut off from the essential sunshine by a single massive magnolia leaf. It takes literally hours to just pick leaves out of the bed. Thankfully the city replaced my dinky green can (the one for garden waste) with one about 1.5x the volume, and though I still easily fill it up, I rarely fill it up AND both trash cans anymore with fallen leaves. And now that it's june, the leaf litter is little enough I can ignore it a few days before I have to devote another morning looking like some maniac picking out leaves one at a time from my sidewalk garden.
Friday, June 9, 2006
New DasylirionEver since she saw one of these mature plants at a nursery, all trimmed up in a pot, she has been wanting to dig one of the two of these D longissimi out of the yard and put in a pot.. but really, neither are large enough to look that impressive anyway, nor do I like ripping things out the garden when I don't have to. So we got one at a local nursery NOT known for its good prices... but this one wasn't too bad (they had a lot of them) and ended up being a lot larger than it looked since it was buried too deep in the pot. Not the mature plant she was hoping for, but certainly a lot closer to it than I had thought we were going to be able to get.
Friday, June 9, 2006She trimmed it up that night (in the dark she was so excited to do it) and adorned it with rocks and top dressing... looks pretty darned nice, huh?
Thursday, June 8, 2006
Bird PlaygroundTHe birds haven't been getting out in the sun enough, and every time the walk out on their own they end up either being harrassed by the puppies, or climbing onto delicate plants and munching on them. So I built this for them to climb around on, far away from the dogs and most plants. ONe bird loves it, the other is too nervous... but hoping she will accept it eventually.
Saturday, June 3, 2006
Hot hot hotBeen up to 105 daily now for 3 days, and today seems even hotter. Yikes! Shot of planter 2 in searing heat begining of June 06
Saturday, June 3, 2006
CrybabyThis is our new weeping mulberry (Morus alba pendula) nick-named crybaby. No place to plant it, so will have to 'create one'.
Saturday, June 3, 2006Just added some bricks to end of a planter, tossed in some dirt, and a weeping mulberry tree, and wala!
Thursday, June 1, 2006
Summer REALLY here nowover 100 today. Wow.. seems early, but it is June now, so guess that's normal. Stuff is starting to grow faster.
Here's a shot of some cactus shooting up to the sky... may have to consider staking some of these up, or trimming them already.. only been there a year now.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Tower propped upDecided since it obviously wasn't dying lying there, I stood it back up and tied it to a post.
Monday, May 22, 2006
House for Sale- try #3House next door is now for sale through a different company, and price has been dropped to a staggering $650,000!! Can hardly believe they are asking so much (was 'only' worth $450,000 less than 2 years ago). Have prices gone up that much?? I know the people that bought it last year worked on it a lot, but wow... could be a tough sell, though. 2 other houses on same side of the street on very same block for sale, as is the house behind this one (twice as large) been empty now for over 6 months. Our entire neighborhood is leaving... hope it's not my landscaping...
Lawn area in front of our house is shrinking
Monday, May 22, 2006
Spring is backRain! Can't recall rain this late in the year, but guess it happened last year, too (good thing for diaries). Rained nearly in inch in the yard over last 24 hours- substantial! Won't have to water the dying lawn for another week! Should have fertilized, though. But went to Disneyland instead. They have wonderful gardens there, but went with some less appreciative of the plants than I (had to take photos of people for once).
Here's an Erythrina crista-gallii at Disney... has to be one of the nicest I have seen- tall, too (most are shrubby trees).
Monday, May 22, 2006Amazingly enough it didn't rain all day at Disneyland (of course not, it's the happiest place on earth they say)... and temps were perfect all day.
These are wonderful Kalanchoe beharensis 'trees' grown along the tram pickup area... this 1/4 mile stretch of parking lot is planted thickly with all sorts of common and rare blue-green succulents and xerophytic trees... most ignore them, but I was impressed.
Monday, May 22, 2006Sadly, the rain, as healing and welcomed as it is, tipped over my Echium wildpretii (Tower of Jewels). Thankfully I got some photos yesterday pre-tragedy.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
More brickWhat I SHOULD do is have them deliver a couple pallets of brick... but my driving to the brick place and taking the bricks out in small loads keeps me from having a load of brick around that is just taking up space... plus, two pallets of brick is $$$. So I just get 100-200 at a time. Car can't carry much more than that (today got 250). Takes about 3 hours to unload and place, but now about 1/3 of the back yard is bricked in (1050 bricks placed), my hands are raw and knees sore.. .but yard looking much nicer. Think I'll only brick in another 1/3 of the yard, and the rest leave 'natural' for the dogs to dig up (farthest from the house, so less dirt tracked in).
Friday, May 12, 2006
summer's hereWell, weather-wise it is... was mid 90s and could reach 100 today... hard to believe it was cold just a week or so ago. Good weather for working on planter boxes... dug up most of planter 1 (for the 3rd time) and put in a lot more soil (6 bags of cactus soil and lots of rocks)... now looks more interesting, too... and even had room to put some new Gymnocalyciums in.
This is the south side- dug up only the stuff near the edge and put back higher.
Friday, May 12, 2006
Everything's RosesBeen slowly collecting roses, despite my inclination NOT to... had 3 in pots doing pretty well... but finally succumbed to pressure and planted them along one of the 'wider' garden paths (I am sure to regret this for multiple reasons, one of which will be my inevitable lacerations from clumsily lumbering by... especially at night). I am sure the plants will thank me....
Friday, May 12, 2006
More Brickgot another 200 bricks for back yard beautification project... have to say it is making things look 'neater' and organized, if that's possible. But sadly 200 brick didn't go very far. That is nearly the entire load of 200 in this one area.
Monday, May 8, 2006
LA arboretumWent to the annual garden show at the Los Angeles arboretum... seems to be a well attended event, though the number of booths selling stuff seems to have gotten smaller since the last time I went. Still, some nice stuff, and it was a great day to see the garden- so much in bloom. They had done a lot of work on their cactus and succulent area. Walked nearly the entire garden. Took a 'roll' of film (filled a photo card) though at this point there is little to added to the Plant files except maybe a different angle of this or that.
Monday, May 8, 2006
8000Reached the 8000 image mark in the Plant Files... I gotta get a life!
Here's a Brugmansia from yesterday's visit to the Los Angeles arboretum
Friday, May 5, 2006
Spring is here!Rains are over, probably for 6 or more months. Soil is still pretty moist down about 1", but surface is starting to look parched. Problem is, when I water this dry soil, water tends to run off without any top-dressing, and the roots don't get wet... need to get some gravel and put it down... though these plants are mostly OK with their roots getting a bit dry. Still have that age-old dilemma if I am over or underwatering. At least with lawn I can see the results of underwatering right away (can you overwater lawn? Probably not in this climate). When digging the crop circles in, I noticed the soil was pretty muddy and thick... but dry in a few spots. No way of tellling what those spots are other than having done what I did- dig down. Not sure I understand the physiology of the soil, but at least I have some idea where to water more.
Here's the rock area looking pretty happy for now, though I just cleaned off the overnight's downpouring of dead Magnolia leaves... looking forward to this 'shedding' period ending.
Friday, May 5, 2006
More spring bloomsSince this is the time of year most cactus bloom, thought I'd record a few here (the journal has all the rest).
Echinocereus scheerii ssp. gentryi
Friday, May 5, 2006Amaryllis (no idea what species or cultivar, but pretty spectacular plant all alone in the lawn like that).
Friday, May 5, 2006Aloe maculata (aka saponaria- the old name)... this is from a large field of plants right next to a breakfast place where some suckers were dying... so we 'rescued' them. Doing well now.
Friday, May 5, 2006Brugmansia- some variegated leaf variety (no clue what cultivar, actually)
Friday, May 5, 2006Jatropha podagrica (though this has been flowering nearly all year now)
Friday, May 5, 2006aloe unknown (small spotted thing- probably some descoingesii cross)
Friday, May 5, 2006Delosperma sp (this is all over the garden- may regret that someday)
Friday, May 5, 2006here's one of the many blooming Echeverias (not usually that spectacular at blooming, though)
Friday, May 5, 2006Vriesia of some sort (this has been blooming since planted 6 months ago!)
Friday, May 5, 2006This Aechmea Lauren flower has been looking good for nearly 6 months now, though obviously getting near its end
Friday, May 5, 2006Tillandsias, of which there are about 10 blooming... but hard to photograph
Thursday, May 4, 2006
crop circle progressGot about 1/2 the palms I wanted to edged/protected from the gardners/mowers. Makes the lawn look neater, but mowing between them is a challenge. Especially after I finish the other crop circles. There will be little lawn left (yahoo!). I will Round up any lawn that grows within the circles and eventually, I might actually be able to grow other plants in there (right now too many Bermuda grass roots that necessitate too many sprays of herbicide... and too many accidentally sprayed plants). At least the palms are quite Round up resistant.
Monday, May 1, 2006
May DAy!This cactus we got a week ago all covered with blooms seemed like it was just waiting for the start of May to open... didn't really seem any closer to opening last night, though maybe the flowers were a bit plumper... but this AM.. .wow!
Monday, May 1, 2006
New edging... attempt 2At first I just planted the palms in the lawn and that was that. I mowed, the yard looked like a mess, and the palms were in no danger.
Then i had the neighbor's gardners mow our lawn too, and since, the lawn/yard has looked very neat and tidy, and I have lost a number of plants to weed wacking and mowing. Then I put up large rock rings around the palms. Unfortunately my only source for inexpensive (ie free) rocks at the time was from a dry river bed where I had to haul them out by the backpack full nearly straight up a cliff. But I eventually got enough hauled to make a nice rock garden and 'edge' all the lawn plants. However, this had two drawbacks- one was the gardeners still whacked my plants, only now in an attempt to keep lawn from growing inside the 'crop circles (as my girl friend called them, with some disdain and embarrassement). This of course made the place look even neater, but the plants/palms were really taking a beating (literally). And the other problem was the rocks were mostly brighty white, which did look pretty bizarre (maybe, in 10 years, when the palms are actually larger than the rocks, then maybe that look would be OK).
So I removed the rocks and warned the gardners not to whack... that fell on deaf ears, or more likely, ears that didn't understand me that well (I don't speak spanish).
So NOW I am putting in real edging and trying to do it right (a year late). So far I have edged two plants... 20 more to go. Took nearly and hour and was a lot of work.. but looks pretty nice.... and girl friend says these DON"T look like crop circles... whew.
Monday, May 1, 2006
FinallyThis also just popped yesterday... the Amarylis I dug up from the REntal home where I had planted it near the palm out front (the Butia, still there, being the only living vestiage of my gardening attempts at that property). Been sad since I dug it from the parkway last November (thanks the morons at the city). But now looks pretty happy!
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Big 'last' storm of the year never materializedStill overcast but warming up gradually. Spring is finally REALLY here? This is a group of Echium candicans on the drive to work
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Winter's not overNo rain for a few days, but a big storm due tomorrow... though all day today dark and threatening (nothing actually happened, though).
Finally hung the new staghorn fern I got at the Green Scene this weekend. That is such a great event, but this year some of my favority vendors didn't show. Saved me some $$, though. Still, got some nice cacti and a few Platyceriums. This one is heavy, though I don't normally think of a fern as heavy (some can weigh hundreds of pounds, I know, but I have never had one of those). Set it up in planter 5 so it shouldn't get too much sun I hope.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006Spent the rest of the day potting some other plants from the green scene, and trying to make a Tiki (not too successful... see the 'finished' product under 'garden decorations')
Saturday, April 22, 2006
BrrrThis Brrr is relative of course... nothing like the Brrr we had a month ago, but compared to how it's been the last few days... Brrrr! Highs in the 60s only. Supposed to be a few more chances of rain over the next week. Going to Green Scene tomorrow in Fullerton to check out what they have this year (working today (and tonight) unfortunately).
Nice Ferocactus from the Green Scene... what a great place to get succulents!
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Bricks coming alongMoved 600 bricks... tired. No more for a while. But at least making the back yard look differernt (still not sure different is 'better' yet).
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
New floor for the back yard... againSo, the great idea of putting down flagstone didn't work out, mostly thanks to Dave. Dave's idea of fun is to dig up between the flagstones until there is not more grass, and the flagstones start to cave in on themselves. So, the flagstones are going to another part of the yard where Dave doesn't go. This will probably mean we will have MORE than enough flagstone, not a shortage of flagstone as I had first concluded. Glad I didn't order more.
So from a lawn, to flagstone, we are now moving on to brick. I am not cementing this brick down, but it's pretty well crammed together so that Dave shouldn't be able to dig between the bricks and cause more ankle sprains. This was the cheapest good looking brick, but it may end up absorbing too much pee... in which case, i guess I may end up putting down yet another 'floor' next year (hope not!!).
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
perfect dayThe weather today was perfect... low 80s, no breeze, and comfortable. And it ended on this triumphant note color
Sunday, April 16, 2006
Spring has spring and so have the plantsFinally acting like spring instead of winter... which I guess is to expected since most of winter acted like spring. Rained another 1/4 inch this weekend, but today was just cloudy, breezy and cool... but pleasant. Neatened up a bit, pruned, potted some plants and photographed things starting to finally move again (many plants spent the winter in a coma).
Here's the the Echium wildpretii making it's predicted burst of growth towards being a huge pink pillar of flowers soon, and then on to its ultimate demise.
Sunday, April 16, 2006Here is the base of the Dypsis baronii with the dead fronds trimmed off. Still a dinky plant, but starting to look respectable
Sunday, April 16, 2006Even the Lotus I thought I had killed off is making a great recovery
Friday, April 14, 2006
Planter 4 workReworked planter 4 but only partially... too many plants I didn't want to dig up, so just moved the small stuff closer to front of planter and added two large bags of cactus soil, a few rocks, and some perlite and 12 sand.
Friday, April 14, 2006Here's the other end of the planter after soil being added... too lazy to dig up the sedum so just got buried with the new soil. Did this in planter 3 in a few spots, and some sedum just grew out of the dirt.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Beautiful day to visit a cactus nurseryFound a new (to us) cactus nursery in Ojai (on the way there) called Desert Images... anyone living within driving distance to Ojai should check it out.. prices are pretty reasonable, and they have great plants. Got more than I should have (as usual) but some beauties.
This Saguaro cactus is about 15 years ahead of my last one, which means I may even live long enough to see it make a branch or two... about 200 lbs and difficult to lift up into a planter box (needed my friend's help for this one). Was affordable or I would never have gotten it, though.
Thursday, April 13, 2006Here's another even bigger cactus... suspect it wasn't selling well as it was incredibly reasonable for how big it is (over 6' tall)... no idea what species (or even genus) it is... so really don't know what I'm in for. Weighed well over 200lbs... closer to 250... we could barely lift it... had to make a stretcher for it and carry it that way... very spiny, too... risked life and nose planting this one. But got it in place eventually and just hope the soil isn't too clayey for it.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Weeding cactiOxalis is EVERYWHERE ... and when it grows in the cacti, getting rid of it is basically impossible.. but with patience and a decent long pair of tweezers, we got most of the little plants out of this mess.
Thursday, April 13, 2006pulling them out by the roots is difficult without breaking the roots off with the tweezers, but I think we got about 98% of them out... however, the little seed heads fall in amongst the pebbles and that's the problem
Monday, April 10, 2006
rains stoppedWell, now rains have stopped (at least temporarily) and though cool, days have been great... mid to high 60s into the 70s... ahhh. Here is some saved rainwater that I can use to water stuff in my minigreenhouse, or for potted plants in the next few weeks if it doesn't rain anymore.
Monday, April 10, 2006
planter 2 center reworkedGot some of the sinkers in the middle of this planter dug up and replanted, then covered with coral pea gravel... nice. Also a few new tall cacti put in for accent.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Mirror imagesTook off some closet mirror doors, but instead of tossing them, decided to see how they looking the garden. Hmmmm.
Monday, April 10, 2006Definitely makes the planter box look a bit bigger.. and provides sunlight where it don't shine, too.
Friday, April 7, 2006
and more rains... blah blah blahWow... rains are rapidly catching us up... rained for all 4 days i had off...now working 3 days in a row and sunny 3 days in a row... then have one more day off, and supposed to rain. My work schedule is now a good predictor of whether it will be a nice day or not. Rained 2.6 inches over the last 3 days
During a brief spell where there was no rain on a day off, went to Ojai since hadn't really been there before... to find a professional bike race going on in the middle of downtown where we were hoping to peruse the shops. But some still open. And found a nursery with palm sections for sale (nearly free- probably someone's trash). Good for carving Tikis (though my art skill don't extend into the 3-D very much... may still try it, though)... but at least make good pot pedistals.
Friday, April 7, 2006Rains did stimulate this Echinopsis (no clue what hybrid it is) to bloom
Thursday, March 30, 2006
MOre rainsYesterday and today were nice- a bit cool for me and my plants (actually perfect for me, but I try to live vicariously through their preferences, and if they could talk, I'm sure they would have preferred it a lot toastier). But tomorrow more rains in the forecast. At least folks will be able to water their lawns for a while without guilt... until maybe June. Then they (and I?) should start feeling guilty again.
Raining end of March in back yard- rained 2.1 inches this last storm
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Rains againThough still short of what we Southern Californian's 'need' yearly in terms of rainfall this winter, it sure seems like we must be close. Of course, we really get most of our water from Northern California thanks to the aqueduct and that 'fact' that all water flows from the top of a map to the bottom of one. Not that this year the north end of the state won't have enough water to give us- they are being flooded out this year and will probably happily part with their excess headed south to our greedy lawns and swimming pools. Not to be left out in the SoCal overwhelming 'need' and greed for water, I got another bamboo this week... always been wanting this beautiful species, and actually quite surprised and shocked to see it for sale at a local nursery not known particularly for specializing in rare bamboos... Himalayacalamus hookeriana (Himalayan Blue Bamboo)... I remember 8 years ago purchasing a dinky plant in a 5 gal for over $100 that was years from making thick, colorful turquoise/violet culms (actually wasn't able to hang around long enough to see that happen).... so to see this maturing 15gal plant (and several others) sitting innocently in this local nursery was a pleasant surprise. Not worrying at the moment this is a shade species and my yard has no shade... at least none at the height needed to protect this species. Oh well. Now I have this gorgeous plant and really no place to put it. Sigh. Maybe I can grow it on it's side under the patio shade?... no. Build a 20' shade structure (that would surely bring the city down on me faster even than my planting palms in the parkway did)? Nope. Wait to plant this under the eventual shade of the Aloe barberae?.... possibly, though that is still about 8-10 years away. This species is rated a 2 out of 5 on the sun scale... so it doesn't need absolute dark to grow happily... but 110F blistering August sun will probably make it very unhappy. Maybe drive it back to the nursery where it was happily growing under their oaks? No way! I will figure something out. I can always dig a hole 15' deep and plant it down there... then the top of the plant will only be 5' above ground level and I have plenty of shade for a plant that tall... hmmmm.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Lawn finally dyingBeen using Round Up on a section of lawn that soon will be covered with soil, and someday, more plants. But the Bermuda Grass has seemed particularly stubborn about croaking... however, multiple applications of only somewhat diluted RU have finally created a noticable effect. I am not fooled. It is still alive, down in the root areas, and will come back witha vengence at some point I am sure. I could either dilligently dig it all out, trying not to damage the neighboring palm and cycad roots, and toss every little offending rootlet in the trash... or, I can simply cover it all with newspaper and then soil in the hopes the comeback will be limited... that sure sounds like the lazier and less effective way... so is what I currently plan to do.
Friday, March 24, 2006
No VacancyWas sort of expecting to lose a lot of stuff this winter with my careless, nearly mindless planting of everything my fingers and pocketbook could deal with (still a matter of debate I'm afraid)... but alas nearly everything survived the winter. Even the Sansevierias that allegedly could only survive temps into the 50s (they took high 30s and lots of rain without even looking a bit peaked). The Alocasia Frydek was defoliated, but still looks better than last year's defoliation. So all these plants that were supposed to die and give up their spots for new plants yet to be collected this spring and summer are still here, wearing out their welcome! Well, first come, first serve. I am not about to yank healthy plants out of the ground, even if I am tired of them. That's just not fair. However, this could mean less plants to be aquired this year.... ha! Just means I will have to be more ingenious at figuring out where to put them. Wonder if the neighbors trying to sell their home will notice if they have new plants in their lawn.... hmmm. Guess I can start planting on the roof? Rats... I will have to learn some discipline and restrict the influx of flora this season (and all upcoming seasons, unless the apocolyptic winter finally comes). I basically did 10 years worth of planting in one. Now I have to find something else to do with the other 9.
That doesn't look crowded... does it?
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Patio conversionThis is a shot of the patio as it stands now... are considering having it walled in and have window/doors put in... and basically making it a sun room/ bird room. We have a few pieces of furniture that can go out here... and it would be nice to have all the bird feathers in one room. Would still like to have plants in here... will be sort of like a 'dry' greenhouse where we can keep cold sensitive succulents and similar things that melt each year outdoors... and may build a greenhouse someday at other end of house for the humid-loving plants.
Well, this was a pricey estimate... so this room will probably look like this another year or so... sigh
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
First Day of SpringMissed St. Patrick's Day completely (read about it in the paper)... though rare celebrated in my family, I usually noticed its coming and going. Guess I have been working too much.
First day of spring is cold and rainy. The months of drought (Jan and Feb) are being erased by March's sogginess, I hope not at the expense of my xeriscape plants. Lots of project possibilities keep the garden future interesting, but the weather is not enticing me into action at this time. Good time to try to fix the things inside the house that are begging for attention. Too bad I really don't know how to fix anything... but I will try anyway. Once I have 'fixed things' beyond repair, guess I will have to get help.
Been spending most of my recent efforts outdoors planting things I still have around- cramming in here and there where they really shouldn't be going but I have no room for them otherwise. This overplanting is really gonna bite me in the butt someday. I have also been tossing the remains of the yellow-orange pea gravel I got 400lbs of last week on areas that need a 'paint job'. It is a lot like painting grey canvases, and really perks things up a bit... a few plants actually are less distinct after changing their background from grey to orange, but those are the silent minority thankfully. Some might be concerned the colorful rock will overpower the plants and detract from their beauty... maybe a bit here and there, but most plants are seedlings and haven't much inherent beauty yet to detract from (though that's not really my opinion... most of the plants look awesome to me, but I am weird, I know). Here is planter 11 with orange rock strewn about...
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