SPRING TO JUNE 2012
Except for the first part that shows the removal of the hedge, and replanting, much of what is here is mostly a repeat of last year.
The hedge between the front door and garage which ran along the brick wall, was dying and had to be removed. Something had laid hundreds of eggs on it, and they were killing the plants. I think it was a Humming Bird Moth. If you haven't seen one, or heard of them, they are quite a Moth. They are about the same size as a Humming Bird, and fly the same way. When you first see one, you could certainly mistake it for a Humming Bird. I tried to spray a killer on the eggs, but I had discovered it too late. The only resolve was to remove the hedge and replant.
Be sure to use the bottom slide bar going from left to right. There is some description text below pictures.
|Once again my wonderful next door neighbor, Ken Ross, brought his Bobcat over along with one of his workers, and pulled it all out for me. What would have taken me a couple of days to do with a shovel, they accomplished in about thirty minutes.||His worker would tie the chain around the bottom, and then Ken would use his Bobcat to pull them out. Then the worker would place them in his pick up truck, which he hauled to the dump after they were done.|
|As you can see in the pictures to the right, this left me with quite a mess of roots to clean out. It took me at least a full day to clean them out, and then rototil in some planting soil.|
|The first pictures
here show how it looked after the area was first planted. I put in
Juniper shrubs, which will eventually grow up and cover much of the
wall. In the meantime, I will plant flowers like you see
here. The pictures to the right show what it looks like after
about a month of growth. I may add pix as they all come into
maturity, for they will all be much larger in a month or so. You
will also notice how the dead grass has begun to green up in the last
couple of pix.
I did add a few pix at the end of Sept to show the growth progress. They are in the next line below. They have really flourished and made me quite happy that I did what I did.
JUST A FEW QUICK PICTURES OF THE FRONT PORCH AREA IN THE SPRING
HERE ARE FEW OF THE GARAGE AREA GARDEN.
|You might notice that the Pyracantha (climbing berry vines) that were beside this climbing rose are gone. They became diseased with a "black blight" or something like that. I would spray for it, and the vines would recover some, but it became such a bother that I finally decided to just remove them. I have not yet decided what to replace them with.||This garden is changing constantly. Flowers come and go. The next pictures show the day lily's as they are coming into bloom. They are just spectacular. I have done much experimenting of finding out what grows well here in the desert. Of everything I have tried, these day lily's are the best by far. They at present are over three feet tall, and prolific with their blooms, even more than what you see here.|
These next two are of my "pet" Bumble Bee. The yard attracts many bees, and this is one that is nearly always there when I am deadheading. He doesn't mind my working around him, and therefore, I don't mind him either. I decided this time to run in an grab my camera and take a couple pictures.
Then of course, I always have to include a few close ups. I marvel at these day lily flowers, as they are quite spectacular, making all of the work worth it.
THAT IS ALL FOR NOW FOLKS.
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