Thursday, March 2, 2017

February, more like January should have been.

February was colder and wetter than normal.  I had a 5 gallon bucket in the back of my truck that had over 8 inches of water that accumulated from Dec to the end of Jan. That does not account for all that splashed out of the bucket from driving.  Considering that our normal precipitation is between 8-11 inches (closer to 9") this has been the wettest winter I have lived through.

        This is my recharge pond, all the water from the road and the dry creek winds up here.  One of the first things I did while planning my property was to determine how and where the property would drain.  Most of the dirt removed from this hole was placed and compacted over a lava rock flow that now my house sits on.  The rest of the dirt I brought up in a wheelbarrow and buried the footings and used as landscape fill.  My house sits about 3 foot higher from the bottom of the footings to the original ground level on the east side of the house.        

Awaiting the end of march for a full damage report, because plants are either still froze or buried under snow.

I am however seeing lots of yucca damage already. 

Most of the cactus seemed to fair better than most of the yuccas.  This lite damage will be gone by mid summer. 

Snowed a couple more times after this melt off.

 A drainage/recharge that I maintain at work.  Looks like a small lake this year. 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Thank God that January is over.

I think January was (almost) more than I could take.  With more snow than I have ever lived through, temps down to -15F and day time temps not much better.  How about the sunny days we had?  Forget about it.  I don't think we had more than a couple of days where the sun peeked from behind the clouds.  Dark, gloomy, cold, and snow.  Reminds me why I don't like winter.

Is there a bright side to this?...YES!  There always is, and sometimes it comes in the month of February.  Of course it is still a winter month, but the days constantly get more hours of day light, the avg. temps are much warmer, and it comes without the relentless winds that March can bring.

The pics start from bad, to worse, to maybe there's hope.

This is when I thought it had gotten bad. 

Showing signs of "normal burn"

You can still see the curve of the "dry" creek.

Look at this cactus near the end of the blog.

And now things start getting worse.

This is the same "dry" creek.  Hard to tell where it is. 

And then there was hope.

Started digging out the plant I can get to.

So glad I covered many of my smaller plants.  I even covered a few I normally don't. 

Bigger yuccas do fine out in the open.  Yuccas unlike some cactus don't like to be snow covered all winter.

These cactus are 5 feet or taller.

Wildlife tracks (partridge).  Can't help but feel the struggle of the wildlife in such conditions.
I always try and help them out with some bird seed.    

Dug over to the pump-house today. 

Keep your plants high and dry for the more touchy desert ones

Makes a difference.

Runoff from the road to the "dry" creek, this creek drains the yard, house and goes to a big seasonal pond I dug out years ago.  I was going to share a pic of when it fills up in the winter/spring but could not find my past pic.  It was made for aquifer recharge and drainage.

I see that some of my plants are not doing well, and only time will tell for the others (most covered under snow).

Nice too see some plant high up and out of the snow.

I think I will try something new and post a pic from the year before.
A blast from the past, garden pic from Feb. 2016 


Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Typical December.

So far it's been just about an average December, a few snow storms, some rain, -4f for a low, and only a couple of sunny days.

Will add more info later.