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The ducks have a new yard, my future tomato and bean garden. 12.22.17
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.
Yes, Joan, I've seen Daniel's "addition". Very nice.
I have several apple trees. I refuse to prune them, and they seem to produce an abundant supply. I'm still working on 2013 apple sauce!
Our weather forecast shows a nice rise in temperatures next week--up to 50. Hurray!
I know what you mean Randy. I cut down my fruit trees because we always a late frost that killed the blossoms and I could use my city lot for other things upon which I could rely upon. My neighbor has a Granny Smith apple that lops over my fence and I was able to get a good harvest from that last year. Her yard is all grass with that one tree. My lot has not one blade of mowable grass and the rest is into herbs, vegetables, fruit bushes. So, she can grow the apples. We expect another snifter of snow ... nothing to shovel, but it doesn't melt during the day, except where the sun hits it. Expecting warmer weather next week.
The weather being so unpredictable, I don't know what to do. I guess just do the things that I would normally do and then replant or plant something different. I want as many perennials as I can get. The self-sowers give me good results.
Randy, have you seen Daniel's new stone front sidewalk and planting and sunroom? That is an inspiration.
This could be the second year in a row I'll have little or no fruit crop, esp. peaches (and relative nectarines and almonds). I've observed over the years (and it's been substantuated) that below freezing temperatures radically affect the summer crop. And this has been another horrifically cold winter.
Usually by now, I have my garden all plotted out on paper. Nada. We need to have a warm spell to get my juices flowing. This is maddening.
Attractive Trillium Bertold.
@Daniel - I'm beginning to have trepidation you're trying to transact a treacly trend transcending tradition.
Lovely trillium, Bertold! All I have is a sea of white.
Daniel, I have a couple of hawthorne trees, too. The squirrels like the berries. I suppose the bees do, too. With my one Linden tree, plus the persimmon and other fruit trees, bees have much to choose from.
@Barbara Livingston, I haven't seen your name for a while and I hope all is well with you. I have been a bit busy, so may have missed any posts from you.
Daniel, did you build your second hive? I remember how pretty your first hive was but I can't remember to appearance of the second hive. When the wind blew over my Washington Hawthorn a couple of years ago, I have nothing in the garden that attracts bees like it did. I'll have to do something about that this year.
Bertold, a lovelier sight I cannot imagine.
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