2008 - The Yard
|May ended up like this.............................................And started out like this.|
|The Large Crab came in out in full bloom.||One Prairie Fire made it and the other one died.|
|We planted Romaine in early May. Three weeks later, there were some nice heads ready for harvesting.|
|This year the Blue Elderberry trees bloomed. Several weeks later, we have berries!|
|Mormon Tea and other native bushes in bloom.|
|More shrubs in bloom.|
|This Tamarisk is always the first to bloom. Blooms on the Scarlet Hawthorne.|
|Malus Snowdrift is off to a good start.||A Golden Locust just starting to leaf out.|
|We got the tomatoes and squash in early and had to protect the lettuce and other greens from quail and other birds. The birds were a bit of a problem in that we provided the perfect nesting area - the arbor for the nest, feeder for seeds and and lettuce, etc for roughage. The back porch was de-crappified as well.|
cactus patch got thinned out over the winter. All the new
seem to have made it. I think I am going to have to be a little more
proactive when it comes to thinning and water a little less.
The wildflower bed is looking pathetic. Unintended consequences of providing a bird habitat. The quail just love rooting around in this bed. The only things left are day lilies, one yarrow some sea hollies.
The day lilies look pretty bad. Last year all the leaves turned yellow - the result of an iron deficiency in the soil. Turns out Nevada soils are famous for that. Last winter I spread a lot of pelletized iron which may or may not help.
|This yucca puts out very large blooms. They don't rise over the top like Adam's Needle does, but tend to stay sheltered in the plant.|
favorite problem child still has a problem. This
Olive has struggled every year since I planted it, despite more water,
some ground cover and lots of vitamins. This new
one I haven't seen before. I'm not going to bother pruning it
this year and see if that helps any.
My Silver Stripe hedge is slowly taking shape. An interesting thing about this bamboo is that I did not take out the old canes last winter, and some of those old canes started sprouting new growth three and four feet up the canes. This bamboo is supposedly cold tolerant down to only 15 degrees F. I think it is a lot tougher than that.
out back, this rather large Opuntia Basilaria sp. didn't do much of
anything last year. It has three or four new pads starting.
going to be interesting to see how this actually grows - if it has a
spreading or more upright habit.
The baby Crab out in the Indian burial ground still hasn't grown in height at all, but is leafing out nicely. I'm not kidding - I have been trying to get something to grow here for close to ten years. This is the start of year two for this little guy.
Contorted Filbert is always one of the last trees to leaf out and
because of that it is perhaps one of the smartest.
I had to
prune several feet off the circumference last year to clear out a path
The Cholla from Haiwee Reservoir down south has been going gang busters this spring. I noticed the dogs steer well clear of this guy. Must have had a minor run-in or two.
than one major underground leak, the sprinklers came through without
difficulty. None of the risers launched when water pressure
applied, which brings me to a major gripe. You know the pvc
cement the large home repair stores usually have on sale in the spring?
This is the clear glue that normally comes packaged with a
primer. It comes in a goldish colored can. Don't
It will not hold up if exposed to sunlight. Buy the
Stuff glue. It has not failed yet.
One day I asked a salesman why the clear stuff failed with astonishing regularity. He more or less said that only an idiot would buy the clear. Anyone who knew what they were doing always bought the Hot Stuff. Why then did they sell the clear glue? Because it is a big seller. Must have a nice profit margin, not to mention the repeat business for the Hot Stuff glue which is rarely on sale.
On the right is one alive and one dead Prairie Fire. I replaced the dead one with a small crab from my tree nursery, formerly known as the Oregon patch.
The mother tree sends out all kinds of suckers into the wild flower bed. I have found a pretty good method for turning those suckers into trees: Sever the root the sucker is growing on closest to the mother tree out about six inches or so from the sucker. Let it sit in the ground for a month or so and see if it dies. If it doesn't, sever the root on the other side of the sucker about six inches out and let it sit for a week or so. It will die quickly if it hasn't started growing its own roots. If after a week it still looks healthy, water it real well and then shovel it out into a pot, being careful to keep the roots surrounded by soil. Dig a hole and plant the tree, pot and all in an area which has some protection.
|Desert Peach in Bloom||Spring blooms that 'look' like dandelions|
|Planting out the pots always requires supervision - whether you asked for it or not.|
Enigma looks to be an awesome rose bush this year. I was
looking for something to fill the space and boy , it sure has.
On the right is the 'white' side of the English Hawthorne. A very strange tree. I have it coming up as multiple trunks and some trunks sport pink flowers and the others white. Don't ask me.
|And as is my opinion with most
Easy Come............................................................Easy Go.