Tuesday, June 10, 2008

IT'S SPRING (Isn't it?)

We started to put up the fence fabric yesterday (6/9/08). We finished setting the posts last Thursday so Monday looked like a good day for installing the fencing fabric. The weather is so unpredictable it's difficult to tell just when is a good time to do... (fill in the blank).

We managed to get a lot of the fabric up even though we were rained on a few times in the process.

The 'fence' extends up the south side and about 4/5 the way across the west side of the property. We're about 30 feet short to completing the back. The fence won't really keep anything in or out (yet) but it's a start. We will need about 12 - 14 more posts to complete the fence (not to mention additional wire and fabric. Once completed it should do a good job of keeping our little dog in and coyotes out. Yes, I should tell you about Panda (our Chinese Crested), the coyote and the giant white apparition...later.

This morning I took a photo of the fence from our back porch. You can see where the fence extends just past the right hand tree. Keep in mind today is June the 10th.

That's snow folks. The rain gave way to snow earlier this morning. And, as of 10:46 it's still snowing. My poor flowers.

The veggies are still cozy in the greenhouse. I may not put them out until July. Did I mention that the weather is unpredictable?

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Spring on the Palouse

Wow! It's spring (at last). Look at all the wonderful flowers in bloom.

Horse Chestnut..................Lilac.......................Violets



... And more.

The Golden Chain (after spending 2 years as a potted plant in the rose garden) appears to be doing well.

The grape vines are starting to recover.

As are the strawberries.

The netting will keep the birds out so that we 'actually do get some strawberries.

My favorite though are the Iris (aka 'Flags' for those from the Midwest). The original plants (rhizomes) came from Illinois. The plants belonged to my Grandmother. In 1980 we brought my Grandmother to California to live with my parents. During the moving process I saw where the plants had been mown down to the ground along with the grass. With my Grandmother's permission I dug up some of the rhizomes and brought them back with us to California.

Over the last 28 years since their relocation the plants have lived and prospered at various residences; always planted in the ground and always dug up when we moved again. Sometimes they did very well; sometimes not so well.

Three years ago when we moved to Washington I brought my precious plants with me. There were a couple of blooms last year but this year I think they're going to be exceptionally beautiful.

My Grandmother passed more than 20 years ago so these plants are precious to me. These are for you Grandma.

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