anyone wants a higher quality image of this, let me know. I
have it at 2304x1536 px.
This is a picture taken from the back porch the first night of the
Tahoe Fire. It rained ash down here. Driving home at
night it looked like it was snowing. I think TRPA needs do
some loosening up when it comes to defensible boundaries
- And suggesting that using pine needles for landscaping and
erosion control is a good idea?
Meanwhile, down in the Valley.....
Well, Big Mama is no longer Big Mama. She lost about half her
size over the winter of 2006. The main problem seemed to
be longitudinal cracking in some of the older stems. They
cracked, froze and killed some major limbs.
Someone who knows more stuff than me about this, suggested I coat the
lower portions of the limbs with white latex paint
as a preventative. I have heard of that before. I
will give it a try.
Playboy, to my amazement actually lived. It is a bit smaller
than last year, but is still alive.
These roses are truly gorgeous if you can get them to grow to a decent
This is a floribunda - Queen Elizabeth, I think. It
was reduced to about one third of its normal size.
It is still hanging in there though.
Debbie's dad, who lives in Maryland and is something of a rose fanatic
sent us this HT rose, Black Magic.
It is supposed to be one of the deepest reds out there. These
are the first blossoms. If we get a spectacular one,
I will post it. The true test of course is - can it survive a
winter or three. On the plus side, this is one of the few
roses in these 100+ degree temperatures, that is still producing
Mr Lincoln, after losing about half its size is putting out some nice
Moving on, we must of course examine the cacti. My big,
guy is doing quite well. The latin name is posted in the cacti
pages. I think I will take a pad and see if I can start a new
plant out by some Mormon Tea. It might make for an attractive
This small cacti I purchased in the fall of 2006. It was
as being native and it must be. It survived the brutal winter
and is looking quite nice. I adjusted the sprinklers to where
cactus patch is getting 10 minutes a day, every day. This
seems to be working rather well. I have not had this much
growth in the patch for years.
This cacti comes from a pad I picked up near the Haiwee reservoir two
years ago. The northern California cacti
can be a little iffy when it comes to extreme temperatures but this one
weathered 2006 nicely and produced four
more pads this spring. Now if I can get a photo of a blossom.
The Cholla I picked up from Haiwee is dong very well. It is
thorny, tough and producing pads like crazy. It would be nice
to see this get several feet tall.
A view of the patch as of July, 2007. Looking pretty good.
Moving on to herbs and chard, all are doing quite well. The
rainbow chard shown here has been the provider of two
previous dinners. Cut the outer leaves for dinner and let the
rest grow for another meal.
How about a little Thai Basil. The variety is quite good - a
little spicy and kind of sweet. Lives up to its name.
Here, we have sweet peppers, spicier ones, patty pan and yellow
crookneck squash, and lemon cucumber.
I suppose the first question would be why the squash looks so small.
The answer is - plant later on and avoid Squash Bugs.
These critters have decimated our squash when we plan them early.
I have found that if I plant them later, everyone else gets
the squash bugs and we get a healthy yield, albeit a bit later than
All the tomato plants except one have fruit. The Sweet 100's
Early girl look like they will be producing some mature, red fruit
by the end of July. There was one red tomato July 4.
Very sweet and a good harbinger of things to come.
The Mystery Bush - the consensus now is that this thing is a weed, but
no one knows for sure.
I went down to the cooperative extension today with samples and
pictures to see if one of the Master
Gardeners can identify it. To date, no one has. If
you think you know what this is, I am all ears.
What is wrong with this picture? Ever seen so many Day
with yellow leaves? Major problem here, and the major problem
seems to be poor Nevada soil - Iron deficiency in particular.
I am working to correct that.
One interesting item in the winter kill arena is that Mare's Tail, Red
Root Pig weed, Noxious Grasses and Puncture vine seem to
have gotten decimated as well. This year is the first that I
not had to spend hours pulling out the weeds from hell.
I have two Golden Locusts and they have to be among the slowest growers
around. They were not phased by the extreme
cold spells last winter. They look nice and it would be nice
if they grew just a bit faster.
The Tamerisks came through unscathed. They look very nice and
are helping cut the afternoon wind blasts through the valley
and the also provide some shade.
Two of my Russian Olives look like this, which tells me water
an issue. The problem is that when I planted these, I did not
have a very good watering system so I suspect these trees are shallow
rooted. I don't really know what to do about it now.
Perhaps some of the roots will go deeper and help eliminate the
This olive seeded itself and is doing much better than the other two
olives in the immediate area.
This Osage Orange I thought was dead until today. July and
this tall - odds are the thing will be dead by winter.
The other hedge apple tree is now larger in diameter than it was last
year and it looks like the main stem is hardening off.
I would like to see a trunk survive the winter.
Some of my Silver stripe bamboo transplants took The plants
the top left of the photo I will transplant in the winter or spring.
I would like to end up with a 20' wall of bamboo.
Why is it Cairn Terriers often show up in photos?
I am still amazed this crab out in indian burial ground territory is
still alive + 1 month and green!
Russian sage is one of those plants which seems to thrive on abuse.
It is still thriving.
The contorted filbert always starts out late and gets killed off early
but it comes back year after year and with no damage.
A very attractive bush - tree. My Master Gardner contributer
says one of the reasons for owning these is for that catkins
in the fall. Never seen those. The filbert stays
until first frost whereupon all the leaves turn black and fall off.
Whirling Butterflies got decimated. The plant in the left
is a Walmart replacement. I doubt this will fill in any time
The rotten dog is sniffing out grass. Won't eat Day Lilies or Sea
Holly. Loves Grass.
A couple of my Day Lilies are doing well. This is one of
them. Still an Iron problem, though.
This lily was out of a grab bag. I think it's probably an
Debbie's baskets are just starting to flesh out. The late
frost got some of them. Give these guys another month
and they should be an impressive sight.
Some more of the pots.
Petunias do quite well in northern Nevada. Some of our
favorite varieties are Martha Washington.
Newly stained deck, UV protection and a bunch of pots should make this
quite the scene in another month or so.
Watering pots twice a day during the hot parts of the season does wear
on one. A month or two of this and one
does start looking forward to that first frost.
We sodded in the bed below the deck. I think that will look
much nicer and will be a bit less maintenance.
In some areas I got a bit carried away with Roundup and Grass Getter.
Have to be a bit more careful next time.