|This Pinon Pine adjacent to our driveway was pruned, fed|
and a rock wall built by the "Professional Landscaper."
Such fortune to have my very favorite tree
already growing at our new home.
March 20, 2018, marks the point of equal daylight and night time; in other words, Spring is at her zenith ushering in a new life cycle and bringing new opportunities. Here at an elevation of 6900 feet cold nights with below freezing temperatures continue, hence the landscape still looks like it is Winter.
|Each morning now we take this walk along the Acequia Trail |
which is cement and to the left side of this picture. We walk
along the dirt path depicted on the right of the above picture.
Last week 10 cubic yards of organic compost were delivered from Payne's Soil Yard. A number of wheelbarrows full of this rich organic matter was spread beneath plants previous dug into the front yard where MUCH gravel and landscape cloth had to be moved to be able to actually reach the soil. An agave plant was brought to us from one of our gardening focused neighbors' garden,
|Parry agave(Agave parryi)|
|Does anyone know the name of this cactus?|
|This is a full grown Desert Holly growing along the driveway into the Plants of the Southwest.|
have now been planted, fertilized with mushroom compost and earthworm castings, mulched with cardboard and compost and watered.
The front yard was landscaped by a "professional landscaper" who was also one of the sellers of this property. His idea was to bring in truckloads of gravel according to our neighbor across the street who watched the process. The plants he chose to plant are not native so one afternoon all the lavender, nonnative grasses and echinacea were dug out and place in a cardboard box with a sign
"Free Plants" and set by the street. Luckily for all, the woman from form + function came for a consult for removal of all the led lights (and fixtures) and expressed delight in taking away to plant in her garden all the dug up plants.
Other unresistable recent purchases at Plants of the Southwest:
|Santa Fe cholla (Cylindropuntia spp.) said to be endangered in Santa Fe.|
The flowers are peachy rather than the usual yellow).
|Rubber Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseous) is ubiquitous in and around Santa Fe.|
|Shasta with her well loved Christmas reindeer from Holistic Hound |
(her inside stuffed toy outside) enjoying her new backyard
Later this week we plan an excursion up into the mountains to Tooley's Trees in Truchas, New Mexico, to purchase fruit trees and habitat plants. It will be great to see more of "the Land of Enchantment" now that we are settled into our house.
As we all embrace Spring with open arms may we all