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Godless in the garden

Discussing all aspect of gardening.

Location: Planet Earth
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Latest Activity: Jan 16

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 8, 2015 at 1:28pm

Beautiful peach blossoms Daniel.

Beautiful garden Joan.

Comment by Don on March 8, 2015 at 9:54am

Beautiful!  But is the "planting shed at the top of the hill" not in the picture?  That's the residence at the top of the hill, right?  How many acres do you have, Joan, and how near to you is your nearest neighbor?    

Comment by Randall Smith on March 8, 2015 at 8:25am

Joan, I wish I had a view like that. But, I appreciate what I do have. I try not to think about the grass being greener....

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2015 at 1:55am

I am really quite fortunate to live in such a beautiful city and so rich in ancient history. 

Comment by Plinius on March 8, 2015 at 1:23am

Beautiful place, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2015 at 1:16am

Standing on an outcrop of basalt, looking over the perennial garden at the planting shed at the top of the hill. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2015 at 1:08am

Daniel, thank you for that photo of blossoms! Is it a Kwanzan cherry? 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 6, 2015 at 8:34am

Nice pictures, Joan.

Good info, Daniel. I get the peach leaf curl disease, too.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 5, 2015 at 7:37pm
Joan, can I come live with you. Lol Not only is the weather better the parks are close.
Our snow topped out at 25''during the twelve hour storm.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 5, 2015 at 10:56am

Because I live on one of those pancake-like lava flows that make up the Columbia Plateau Basalts, my ground is in a dip in the pancake. Cold coming down the mountain settle in my garden as it moves down into the Spokane River valley. This little patch holds the cold air when ground around this neighborhood is frost free. 

This is a lovely spot. In the days of the Native migrations, Indians camped on this little depression because there were many wild berries and bulbs, including camas. The ground is swamp like because the snow melt from Brown's Mt. flows underground to what is now Manito Pond. Ground water used to surface in my spot until the city grew upslope toward the mountain. There are many ponds that remain. Lots of wild birds, especially the migratory geese and ducks although the blue birds are long gone as well as many other species. We have the first frost of autumn and last frost of spring. 

Manito Pond, one block from my home

Japanese Garden, about six blocks from my home

Columbia River basalts underlay these features. Their natural springs used to dry up in the hot summers and the city now keeps them at a constant level with city water.  

Manito has several formal gardens designed by the men who designed NY city's Central Park. Olmsted Brothers. Here is one of their treasures. 

Their designs included both formal and wilderness gardens with many little pockets with benches and chairs among the beautiful scenes. 

 

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