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.
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.
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.
Lori caught 2 coyotes getting close in the back yard. The dogs were baring away, but the coyotes seemed to know that the dogs wouldn't go beyond the "Invisible Fence", and didn't seem too concerned, which is a little troubling. They back off with humans around though. The coyotes parked themselves a hundred yards away and watched Teddy guard his terrain. Interestingly, when we let Max out, who isn't constrained by the fence, and when he when down into the valley behind the house, the coyotes got up quick and took off. Max isn't inclined to go chasing after them, so things seem comfortable enough as it is.
This morning I took the dogs out back for a hike. The coyotes seem not to come round when the "pack" is out. The dogs won't walk with me through the barrier, and I load them all up in the Landcruiser and take a ride to the end of the driveway, and off we go.
Lori also got a nice shot of a doe eyeing the bird-feeder again. We've kept the back feeder empty to discourage them. It may end up that we simply will have to cage all the feeders.
Last weekend we had some great weather. At the local ranch store where I get our birdseed, they were selling outdoor benches, wood and wrought iron, that looked attractive and I thought would look good in the back. Of course, assembly was required and Lori caught me working on a Sunday.
Some new visitors to the back yard. We hadn't seen this pair before
We got a little bit of snow last night, about an inch or so. It sure helps to keeps the dust down. It's a lot better when Tucker ends up rolling in the snow instead of thick clay dust. Although, mud isn't the best either.
Mom brought us some maple seedlings when they visited from Chicago last year. A few got planted in the landscaped areas and didn't survive the transfer. We had five remaining seedlings in a pot filled with the worst Colorado clay I think that she could find. We were keeping them out in the garage, which is heated but not much light and so I brought them into Lori's "greenhouse" area in the basement, which they seem to like rather well. All of a sudden we have leafed out plants in the middle of February. We still have to transplant them into decent soil and individual planters soon. I think we will leave them indoors, or as patio plants, for a few years. Hopefully they can survive the altitude.
We also transplanted some of the lavender from the old house, as it seems very hardy and spreads nicely. Those plants also like the heated floor of the greenhouse, and have new shoots and leaves. The orchids probably won't go into the outdoor landscaping.