Saturday, July 29, 2017

Wild-land fires have ruined this county!

I know a few people believe fires are good for rejuvenating wild areas, and yes this might be true in some cases, but over all burning off wild-grounds every 10, 20, or even every fifty years is not good for anything other than creating a place for weeds to grow.

The fact of the matter is just the opposite of what all our school books have told us.  Areas like that of the deserts and semi-deserts have a more diverse habitat in areas where fires have been absent for a 100 yrs or longer.

The change in the sage brush steppe in just my life time has been darn right scary.


This time the fire did not burn right up to my front door (like the last fire did).  Most of the brush was burned off from previous fires (fewer fuels), none the less this was still a very fast moving and dangerous fire, so thank you's go out to the BLM and our local fire fighters,  They did a great job!   




Two thumbs up for these guys, my Farther-n-law and Carmelo for standing brave with me on garden hose duty!

The garden saved!

















Opuntia "mini-rita" 
First time in bloom.

 Pretty little flowers!





So glad to have seen this guy, not many tree frogs in my garden anymore. 


I can tell the summer temps are cooling down a bit, not as much purple on my Mini-rita.  I should have taken a pic a few weeks ago, it looked real pretty from the heat stress. 

Here we go again. A week later and the north side of Shoshone burns.  
        

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Warmer weather, but the damage is just getting started.

It's winters like these that weed out the weak.  More damage showing its ugly face daily!  April should be a real fright feast!   

Hardy!
Echinocereus inermis

Truly hardy.
Coryphantha vivipara

Normaly Hardy.
Echinocereus inermis

Hardy!
Echinocereus mojavensis

Covered
Agave parryi 

Echinocereus inermis

Hardy!
Sclerocactus spinosior

Not as hardy as they should be.
Dead all of them Dead!
Echinocereus albispinus

Hardy, but in a year like this it will get some winter burn.
Echinocereus mojavensis

Hardy!
Opuntia pheacantha

Covered, damaged.  Only time will tell.
Agave parryi "Flagstaff AZ Form"

Hardy (so far)
Yucca brevifolia


Covered small sucker.

Hardy
Echinocereus coccineus

Hardy!  I think I've killed more of these in the summer do to lake of irrigation.
Echinocereus caespitosus, I think?

Hardy, but covered. The hardiest trial agave to date.
Hybrid Agave, A. utahensis x neomexicana  

Very hardy!  This plant was completely covered with snow for have the winter,
Yucca baccata

Hardy!
Echinocereus caespitosus,

Normally hardy, but this year lots on damage.  Only time will tell. 
Yucca rostrata/ thompsoniana type.

Hardy, but covered.
Hybrid, Y. thompsoniana x elata 

Not as hardy as they should be.
Cylindropuntia imbricata


Hardy, but in a year like this it will get some winter burn.
Echinocereus mojavensis

Hardy, but covered.
Yucca gloriosa x elata

Hardy if covered.
E. ledingii

Hardy!
Opuntia basilaris

Normally hardy, but this year lots on damage.  Only time will tell. 
Yucca rostrata/ thompsoniana type.

Very Hardy!!!
Opuntia basilaris, from LaMar Orton Gardens!

Opuntia basilaris, this one not hardy enough!

A couple of Ferocactus wislizeni from Stoney Creek Cacti.
I bought and covered 3 of these, although they did not live through the winter, they may have if they were bigger.  I was impressed, may try them again when available.  


Covered, and Dead!
Euphorbia clavarioides v. trincata

Hardy!
Echinocereus caespitosus,

Hardy!
Sclerocactus spinosior

Native to this area and county.  Just to show that even native cactus sometimes get frost damage. 

Freezes back almost yearly.
Yucca recurvifolia

Normally hardy, but not this year!
Yucca elata

Yucca unkown, but looks hardy!


Hardy!
Yucca nana


Hardy!
Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

Not as hardy as they should be.
Cylindropuntia imbricata

Cylindropuntia imbricata

Truly hardy.
Coryphantha vivipara

This was an awesome free gift, so sad it did not make it through the winter.

Time will tell.
Echinocereus coccineus


Covered
Yucca brevifolia

Very Hardy!
Micropuntia pulchella

Normally hardy form.
Cylindropuntia ramosissima





Covered, but rotted from the bottom up.  I cut the top off to try later.
Opuntia lindheimeri

Covered
Echinocereus roetteri

Very hardy.
Opuntia basilaris var. brachyclada

Not hardy.  Some of the bottom stems might have lived if I cut them off.
Cylindropuntia spinosior, from my property in AZ

Still alive, but major damage.
Opuntia "engelmannii type" 

Covered, with damage.
Opuntia macrocentra, from my property in AZ. 

Somewhat hardy
Opuntia engelmannii x basilaris

Opuntia polyacantha type 
I bought this from Oklahoma

This "died" after the last winter, but still some green even after this winter. lol
Agava harvardiana 

Hardy but not as hardy as I hoped for.
Yucca filamentosa x elata

Yucca filamentosa x elata

Hardy, but with damage.
Yucca gloriosa type

Hardy!  These two elata I planted in the worst two places I have and they look good!
Some just do better than others of the same species. 
Yucca elata


Hardier than the others, this is variety "Big Mama" 
Yucca filamentosa x elata

Hardy
Yucca Hybrid

Hardy
Yucca elata 

Not as hardy as it should be.
Yucca elata

Opuntia polyacantha type "dead"
I bought this from Oklahoma

I spotted two new birds in the yard this month.  A Horned Lark (sorry no photo), and this one.
Spotted Towhee