Friday, December 30, 2011

A first for Shoshone.

This is a landscape project we put in a couple of years ago at the south entrance of the City of Shoshone.  It is just over an acre and is a first of its kind for this area.
  It is a multi purpose area.  First it is to beautify the south entrance into the town from the main highway, second is to give drainage for the intersection of the highway and drainage from the nearby parking areas, and last is to give wildlife such as birds and other small animals an area of rest cover and food.
It uses low water to no water plants both native and other.  The turf is also a low water fescue lawn that has worked very well and uses about half the water of "Kentucky Blue Grass Turf "
It also acts as a demonstration garden for the general public.  This may be its most important attribute.  If this helps people use less water, beautify their neighborhoods and create places for wild life then it was worth every penny spent on the project.
This project cost much less than was first projected, because most of the labor and materials came from the City of Shoshone, State Highway, and a special thanks to the local School District for the labor of growing many of the plants in their greenhouse and the labor of planting many of the smaller plants.
There is many small things that could have been done different to enhance the project overall but not bad.
A project is never done, I will try and keep updates on any progress.      

One thing I would like to see in the future is some large rocks placed in the dry lake area and perhaps a few more plants.  Also the dry creeks look very unnatural, needs many more boulders.  

Not the best time of year to show landscape pics, kind of looks dead.
Also the Blue Spruce should have been planted high on the bench, not crowding the other plants.  These are going to over grow the surrounding plants.

This was the only pinyon pine that lived, I dug the other 2 up and the roots were planted to deep in the original pots from the nursery.  Never plant pines deeper than they grew originally, better to plant to shallow than to deep!  

Yucca rostrata, if this dies it will be from root-rot not the cold.  Landscape fabric holds lots of moister in, good in some ways, bad for some desert plants.

I love the nice clean look of some fescue grass.

Too late now, but I really wish the blue-spruce were planted on the highest part of the turf mound. 

Steve doing prep work on a drainage we added more rock to. 

Welcome sign, and the low water use turf. (green in summer!)

Rainbow when I made it home from work.


Monday, December 26, 2011

The days are getting longer and so far winter has been good.

I have been getting lots of stuff done this winter.  Normally in the winter it is almost impossible to pic rock because of the frozen ground or it is so muddy you cant get to the rocks. In the summer it is hard to do much hardscaping because of all the other things to do, like weeding and watering etc...  So yes I have been making the best of this winter.

Put the last of the hardscape in, two big rocks in the planting bed. 

Rocks almost always look better when they are buried at least 1/4 in the ground.  This helps anchor the hardscape and has a much more natural look.

This is why I have no birds at the feeder today.
American Kestrel 

Cactus in the winter are like fish out of water.

A bank that I started to cover with rock.  I only need to find ten thousand more rocks. :o(

Can you tell from where the wind blows? ha!

I hope to have this all rocked in by the end of summer?

A shot from the garden on a nice winter day. it might have been 40-45deg

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A week from Christmas and still working in the yard.

Mocho taking a winter nap.

Rocho doing the same.

What I believe to be a Opuntia macrocentra/polyacantha cross.

Another Opuntia macrocentra/polycantha cross.
Will know better when these flower.

Trail busting

Echinocereus baileyi, I think?
I hope not to dry this guy out in the summer, this one needs summer water here.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Looking forward to winter.

Looking forward to winter.  I don't like the anticipation of waiting for the worst.  I would rather take a fight head on then worry about it all day.  But it ain't about what I want....I 

Snow still in the mountains none here in the valley...yet!

I'm ahead of the game this year, I did not think I would have as much hardscape done.
Made it all the way around the dirt mound with the walkway. 

And even had a chance to layout new walkways.

I'm more or less done with this gravel mound around the last pillar.
A few more rocks and some plants should do the job. 

And the new crowns on the big j-tree looking good going into winter.
They look nice and ready for the cold, I don't think I will have a repeat of last year. :o)

And this guy looks way better than it did last year going into winter.
Nice and shriveled!

We will see how the ice plants do this year?  Only last a year or two here.

And finally a Yucca torryii, looks like a spider in a cage.
As snug as a bug in a rug.

More birds