Sunday, February 24, 2013

Any moisture is welcome, but snow just sucks!

Well the weather here has been good enough for working in the garden, even though the temps have been below normal.  The ground was drying out and I was picking rock like I was mining for gold.
Tumble weeds were thrown in the fire pit and spring cleanup was well under way.
Well to keep this blog short, it snowed! And snow changes everything. ha!

Everyone bummed out on this snow day.

Anyone want to go outside?
Rocko, no!


Looks like fun. But I can't do much out here!

Yucca faxoniana, looking better. Looking better...nope!

I may have uncovered my agave to early.
Should be fine.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

J-trees from Dolan Springs east to the Grand Canyon

Here are some pics of Yucca brevifolias I took from a moving car.  This was east of Dolan Springs, AZ to the Grand Canyon over look at the Hualapai Reservation. Febuary 2009
Many amazing plantsof all kinds, too bad there was many nocked down j-trees from the road grader.  If I could I would have taken many of them home, while they were still alive from being pushed over.  

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Starting to love the weather again.

The snow is almost gone and the ground in most places is dry enough to walk on, so for me that is just about all I need!  Now I can burn tumble weeds, pull weeds, trim bushes, and pick rock. 

Yucca faxoniana
Looking a little more beat-up everyday, hang in there!

Pediocactus sp.
Voles/mice loves this cactus sp.

Yucca baccata, looking good all winter.

Yucca faxoniana
This a typical covering for me.  This will greatly increase survival of your plants when they are young, or as seasonal cover for less hardy plants such as agave that just barely make it.  I reuse the plastic and stakes.

Yucca recurvifolia, this is my best one. ha!

Yucca elata, are not as hardy as some think when young.
The burn almost every year when the are young, but will gain much cold-hardiness with age. 

Contrasting colors and shapes and repeats are good for landscape interest.
Of course my garden is just that a garden, and not really a visual landscape. Well it's as visual as I can make it with the use of many different plants.  But for a quick landscaping lesson, Contrasting colors and shapes, repeat plantings, plantings and hardscapes in 3's and 5's (odd numbers look best) that's a start. 

I just noticed today that my Yucca elata that bloomed last year has two new crowns.  

Agastache sp.
This is what frost heave can do to plants without good draining soil.

Yucca reverchonii x thompsoniana?  I think.

Light at the end of the tunnel.  Almost done with the dry creek!
These rocks are hand picked out of the ground, not like someone dropped off a truck load in a pile. lol 

Some of my other rock projects.