Hello everyone; once again it is I, Chess the purebred border collie, here to tell you all about my exciting day in the garden. You may remember me from such fascinating posts as “The Front Yard” and “A Close Call”, among so many, many others.
Anyway….they said it was supposed to snow tonight. It’s tonight now, and it’s snowing, but before that, well, it wasn’t, as you can see, and so the guy I live with took some pictures of the snowdrops just to prove he has snowdrops.
There will be a much bigger display later, or at least the guy I live with says there will, but for now, he’s perfectly content seeing a few snowdrops in bloom. See, Denver has these weird winters, where it snows, then eventually the snow melts (really, it evaporates), and it gets really nice and warm for a few days, and then it snows again. This is one of those “then it snows again” times.
Here’s one of the rock gardens. The path on the right is really icy so he sprinkled some sand on it so I wouldn’t slip. He says he’s going to do something about that path later this year. What, I don’t know. That’s a fastigiate blue spruce all tied up. I probably said that before. Oh, I did, because he’d done such a bad job and had to fix it. The path on the north side of the garden (below). It gets more sun than the south side, which is why he keeps taking pictures of it. The thing that’s fallen over on the left is a cage for a little oak from Palo Duro Canyon. Squirrels try to dig up the little oaks because the acorn is sometimes still there. And that’s an Arizona cypress wrapped in burlap.
About the burlap. The guy I live with says that until conifers have developed a root system that’s sufficiently large as to equal the above-ground foliage, they benefit from being wrapped. He does occasionally water the needles for the first couple of winters. That’s right, the needles. I keep saying he’s kind of a nut but in this case he says he knows what he’s doing.
The shrub framed by the arbor is the lilac, ‘Annabel’, which could be in bloom in about ten weeks. That’s nice to think about.
You may also wonder about the upturned flower pots in the middle there. I wonder too.
Whatever, huh. Since they said it was supposed to snow tonight, the guy I live with did some furious seed sowing. Or, I should say, furious sowing of seed. The seed wasn’t furious. Here are some pots with a mix including calcined clay, for various species of xylorhiza. The xylorhizas are woody asters and he’s had trouble getting them to grow. In the wild they mostly grow in clay.
Here are the seed pots in the frame, ready to be snowed on. Being snowed on is good. The window screen is to protect the pots from being washed out by heavy rain. We occasionally do have heavy rain, but not in winter, that’s for sure.
Well, I didn’t really have much to say, as maybe you can tell, so why not finish this post with a few excellent pictures of me. This is me looking at something. This little triangle-shaped bed has flat rocks and native grasses. Maybe I’m looking at one of the grasses.
Here I am walking down the path, avoiding the ice. There isn’t very much planted at the end of the bed behind me, because, well, because there isn’t. Some plants got removed because the guy I live with got tired of them. I’m not worried that he’ll get tired of me, though. I walked up the path, and then down again, because you can see paw prints. Of course I had to walk down the path first.
And, lastly, me heading back to the house. I don’t know why the guy I live with hasn’t done anything about the chicken wire cage lying on the ground, but he hasn’t. We have a lot of chicken wire cages in the garden. Some people think this is weird, or even unattractive, but we have rodents. Or, he says, “Could it be that the rodents have us?”