Saturday, January 6, 2018

December...was pretty darn good!

A dry, but frosty December.

Cercocarpus ledifolius 
 Cylindropuntia, garden volunteer.


Yucca brevifolia

The pond has been fun too watch over the past month.  It has froze, and thawed a couple of times now.





Yucca baccata


Yucca brevifolia

Yucca glauca




I went outside today hoping to get a few pics of the late December snow, but with a high of 39F  most of it melted.  We only had the one snow storm, dropping a whopping total of 3 inches on the ground.  For the majority of the month most of the days were covered white from frost.

Opuntia basilaris

Echinocereus triglochidiatus inermis


Sclerocactus parviflorus

Opuntia gilvescens?
I had several Mule deer visit the garden this winter, and one thought the cactus fruit tasted good. 

Opuntia engelmannii x basilaris

I hope too transplant this Yucca brevifolia (sucker) later this season. 

Yucca gloriosa 'variegata'

Cylindropuntia garden volunteer

Opuntia basilaris

Another cylindropuntia volunteer 

Yucca brevifolia loving the winter weather. 

Cylindropuntia ramosissima inermis
 I had a bigger one in the past, but died shortly after the 2007 fire.

Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada

Cylindropuntia ramosissima

Echinocereus trig. "white sands"


A recoveringYucca brevifolia that froze to the ground last winter.  


Yucca hybrid "Big Mama"

Yucca elata

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Thankful for November

Always thankful for everything in my life!
 November has come and gone, and hope that Dec and Jan do the the same, but I'm still going to enjoy the cold weather the best I can.  Everyday I'm here with my family and in good health I will be thankful.  I may not have much money, but I live my dream almost everyday.  Everyday is the best day of my life!!!


Trapdoor species, male on the move.  I find these ever fall, sometimes even walking through the snow.

Yucca brevifolia
Enjoying the first snow of the year.

Agave utahensis x neomexicana
This I cover this most every year.

Yucca brevifolia

Enjoying the pond in these colder months. 

Thankful I did not step on this little guy in the night.
Sierran Treefrog (Pacific Treefrog)

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Out with the old, in with the new.

Replaced the old pond with a new bigger and better one.  This is one of at least two planned ponds for the garden.  If income permits, I will be installing one more that will flow into this pond.  This pond is running a 4100 gallon per hour pump with bio falls and bio-filter and skimmer pump box.  This will also feed the other pond and there is also two valves for controlling water flows.  All pond stones are cement in to keep them in place and to keep them from damaging the 45 mil pond liner.  All labor was done by me and by hand.  I could have made a much better landscaped pond if I had the use of heavy equipment.  Although I'm happy with the end results, it could have been more dramatic with larger stones in some areas and if I wasn't pushed for time.  You know, because of winter coming here shortly. lol   

Total cost of pond was under $2000.00


An offset falls has a more natural appearance than water falling from the highest point, which can cause the undesired "volcano look". 

Flat smooth rocks for sitting and interaction are placed in a couple of spots.   

Landscaping of native aquatic plants and drought tolerant plants will help soften the hardscape, and will go in as time and money allows. 

This is the back view of the hardscape.  Most of the bigger bolder I rolled from hundreds of feet away.


Showing the different depths of the pond, shallow areas are a must for frogs and sunbathing for the fish.