Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tree Watering Day

We have a warm spell coming up.  65 degrees or so yesterday, but somewhat colder today.  Tomorrow and the rest of the week in the 60's.  It's been pretty dry, so the dogs decided it was a good day to water the trees and perennials.  I think we have about 40 trees, and it takes a bit of walking around to run the hoses to each of them.  I had 3 hoses running water at the same time.  I run a loop, goping to each side of the house to move a hose to a new tree.  It's more tiring than you'd think.  The dogs decided to help me out with a cigar break in the front island green area (it will be in spring).
Notice the hose on the drive.  It's hard  work.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Snowstorm Elk

  A pair of elk wandered past during a recent snowstorm.

I think they were checking out some better looking things to eat on our side of the fence.  I recently put put some ultrasonic scare devices with motion detectors to keep them out of the yard.  No elk in the yard as of late, but they move about haphazardly and it's hard to tell how effective it's been.  So far so good I guess.

Here are some elk pictures from warmer days.

Lori took these shots after a quick storm blew through.  We're missing the green.

Here's the storm on the way in.

Debbie came by to visit.  We had her busy working on the garden.  She's getting in shape to come back and do some more, already doing her gardening in Sacramento.

Notice the yard sculptures.  A local nursery was going out of business and they went and "saved" a bunch of money on the good deals.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Opening Night

From our new seats at the Pepsi Center. Blackhawks to go down
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Sunday, August 08, 2010

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Sunday yardwork

spent the day on yard cleanup and new planting. all the trees got deep root watered. time for an evening cigar hand sitting back. looking forward to a good movie.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy 4th of July

  Rough day in the yard yesterday.  Fortunately, we can all celebrate the nation's birthday in our own unique way.

We'll go to see fireworks later.  Happy Fourth of July all.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Weekend of rain

  Last weekend we had 3 days of rain solid. The plants all spruced really took off, and Ive been pulling weeds for a couple hours at a time several days a week.  We just bought 2 gallons of round up and I went through the first bottle in an hour yesterday.  This was with selective spraying mind you.  We do have some monster weeds around here. 


Tucker took the opportunity to place himself in a strategic position to supervise my weed pulling. Only a light drizzle falling at this point.

  But in addition to the weeds, the wildflowers and tall grass are very happy, and as a result so are the horses, deer and elk.

Rattlesnake Roundup

  Lori called me at work to report that there was a snake on the front porch, and she thought it was a rattlesnake.  She got the dogs in the house before they discovered it, and she very bravely trapped it with an overturned garbage can to await my inspection.

Sure enough, it was a rattlesnake, as you can tell by the upturned tail above.  Although I hated to do it, he was dispatched shortly.  These guys are mean, and don't like to back off.  Maybe sitting under the garbage can for a few hours did that.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

March Snowstorms and April Showers

  We had another big snowstorm, which dropped about a foot of very heavy wet snow.  It took me about 3 hours to get home mostly due to cars getting stuck going up hills where the water had frozen on the road, thereby blocking all traffic.
  Fortunately it is melting, slowly, allowing a good steady moistening of the ground underneath.  There is some green coming up where I had seeded the wildflowers, and some of the perennials are showing shoots at their bases. 
  It wasn't that long ago, but I can't remember what seed I scattered where.  I did tend to plant in masses.  I was in a hurry to get it done because we also had a light native grass mix sprayed onto the dirt areas with a cellulose "fixer" to hold the seed.  Hopefully, it will grow in well or we'll have a lot of area to clean up and redo.
  I spread a mix of perennial and annual flowers. The perennials may not bloom until their second year, and hopefully the annuals will provide a good enough show.  I did plant a lot, and some of the seed was costly, but for the number of seeds per pound, if only 2-3% of the perennials survive, it will more than pay for itself compared to what we would pay for a ready- to- plant plant
  Here's a sample of some of the flower seeds I bought. These are from American Meadows.  I still have a few pounds of seeds to plant, but they needed to wait for spring planting.