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!


  1. I had no idea there was that kind of desert in Idaho.

    1. The lower areas are quiet dry (5-16in annually).

      Shoshone where I live is 9in annually. Almost all our precip comes in the fall,winter, and some in the spring.

  2. Terrific pix! Birds in the garden are delightful (although I could do with a few fewer magpies!)...

    Our Y. faxoniana is almost 20 feet tall in bloom! Love that brash early winter light.

    1. 20 feet tall! That would be a an awesome sight!

      How old would that be?

  3. That buckwheat is a nice gem...I hope they spread to soften the lava. The others, they look like they're establishing...the Yucca elata is one tough plant. Here - have to water in all my cacti, it's uber-dry!