Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Snow for Christmas, and the start of the snow year!

Merry Christmas! God bless!

The first few pics other then the guard dog are from a couple of days ago.  A skiff of snow and everything looking good, ground has been frozen, but I have been able to pick a few rocks from the surface for hardscaping the dry creek with.
The very next day and all my landscaping comes to a screeching halt!  3-4 inches of snow changes everything, and I am having a hard time not blurting out how badly winter sucks!  There I said it!  I was trying hard not to say that this year, this year was going to be different.  Ha!  

Dogvader (Rocho)

Ringneck Dove, Streptopelia risoria?
Not native, but they help bring in the Morning Doves.

American Gold Finch

Plants Doing good after a lite snow dusting.

Agave utahensis var. kaibabensis
So far so good!

I forgot what this one was?
 Echinocereus sp.  New trial

Yucca rostrata

Yucca rostrata

Yucca brevifolia

This a close up of my biggest Yucca elata, look how hairy this one is.

A small Yucca brevifolia, I never got around to cover it.

The next day!
Yucca faxon

Yucca baccata

Third snow of the year.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Lizard time!

So far it has been a decent winter, but nothing too right home about.  Other than the lack of snow, which is not all that uncommon until after Christmas it has been about normal. 
I dread the next 20 days the most because this is when we are most likely to see temps dip below the 0 fahrenheit range.  About the last 10 days in December and the first 10 days in January.

Even though it has not set any record warmth this winter, I was able to find this sidebltched lizard on the foudation on the southside of the house.  I have seen them around here in November, but never in December.  I'm sure they have been out in December before, but without notice!     
I belive this was on 12/11/12
I think it was about 40deg f.
Snow in the mountains, and shortly after this pic was taken it snowed about an inch or 2 in the valley 

I hope too see the brush to grow back one day.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Late post, sorry.

I think this is the latest I have seen a tree frog around here

Up dates on the covering of the berm and the dry creek. 

And construction of a new mound.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A new person in the world

My wife is pregnant, and so we are blessed!  Thank you God!
A pic of a pic.

PS.  I have used up all my photo space, I am trying to get more.  Will be posting soon.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A garden is not complete without wildlife. 

I hate to cover plants for the winter, but is easier than replacement.  For the most part I only cover the ones that are new or that need wet winter protection.  

With this Yucca brevifolia I am undecided if I want to cover it or not.  It has lived without cover in the past winters, but never grew much, as you can see from the pic.

My big Y. faxoniana is now too big for winter cover.

This year most of my Y. rostratas will not be covered.

My big Yucca brevifolia (Joshua tree) has been too big for winter protection for years now.

This Y. elata and the following will be left out in the wet and cold.

And this is very special too me, this came from seed from John Weiser in Reno NV.
Eriogonum ovalifolium var williamsiae (oval leaf buckwheat) I love these little plants!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Everything changes so fast!

Took a few sunset pics sense the last post.  Now that Fall is here so are the clouds and the falling temps.  It is nice too see the beautiful colors in the morning and evening sky, but I would trade them in for warmer winters.lol

Many of the pics in this post are of travel to Boise ID from here.  They were taken through a very dirty window at high speeds (my wife was driving) so they are not very clear or good for that matter.  But they give an idea of what Southwestern Idaho looks like.

These next two pics are just seconds apart.

Left early in the morning and headed for Boise.

Fog as we left from Shoshone.
 The further west we headed the less clouds we encountered.

And finally we arrived in Boise.
Boise and Tucson are very similar to me.  At least from a distance.
Boise Idaho
Tucson Arizona

And finally some pics of the garden from this very cold November day, lows in the teens.