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Moving an Established Fig Tree. Delayed post from Nov 2017
BB, thanks for the beautiful wildflower meadow of Lawetlat'la (to the Cowlitz people, or Mt. St Helens to those of us who came later). What a beautiful place! The volcano always makes me feel a sense of awe that could be mistaken for religious. Maybe, religious awe is really mistaken for the wonder of great things and places.
We have butterflies, hummingbirds, and dragon flies now. They are too fleeting for me to photograph. Milkweeds are about to bloom among the daylilies.
The bright sun tends to wash out the colors, but here is my rehabi;itated front border / rock garden. This spring I let grass and weeds take over, a big mistake. Now it's back to maintenance by puttering, much more to my liking. I may replace a few of the less bright colored daylilies with some more flashy ones. It's mostly daylilies, sedums, sempervivum, with a few milkweeds, some Chinese chives, and a couple of cacti.
Joan, many thanks for the info on hazel nuts.
We haven't planted anything specifically to attract butterflies.Besides other perennials (mostly ligularia and pulmonaria) we have mainly hosta, impatiens, petunias and dahlias.
The day St. Helens blew I was returning from a visit to friends in Vancouver BC. As I got south of Olympia on I-5, the road all of a sudden got slippery. At first I didn't get what was going on, and I finally realized the mountain had blown. It was my first time ever in Longview. The freeway was slowing down so I got off to take the bridge over to Oregon and Hwy. 30 into Portland.
Berthold, A wonderful sight of a western tiger swallowtail! Do you grow any plants to attract them?
Randal, no, I missed your story on raccoons. There are large patches of time when I missed reading my mail. Ah! found it!
"I'll tell you, 'coons keep me awake at night thinking about the troubles they've caused me over the years and how to rid my life of them. For me, they are NOT cute."
What are your options?
Live Trap & move them?
Dead Trap & skin them?
Learn to live with them?
Sorry, I don't know how to train them to behave themselves.
Bertold, I have never used hazelnut shells for mulch and have read of their successful use. I found this site that gives you the pros and cons.
Problems With Hazelnut Shell Mulch
Mt St Helens! What a beautiful sight. Where were you where she blew?
Went up to St Helens finally
We seem to have tons of western tiger swallowtails this year.
Nice photos, Daniel.
Black walnut mulch wouldn't be good, but hazelnut should be fine.
My compost pile now consists mostly of grass. There's little "brown matter" to alternate with. I may have to get some woods soil to mix in. Did anybody read my comment in the "Wildlife" group regarding raccoons?
BB, I have not heard of hazelnut shell mulch, but it sounds good to me.
Has anyone heard of using hazel nut shells for mulch? A local nursery is selling them and featuring them as a green alternative to slug bait that supposedly lasts 4-5 years.
Daniel, your photos, stunning as usual, reveal a nice variety of species, colors, and forms. It must be satisfying to sit and contemplate all the fine things you have planted. I can also imagine that Charlie enjoys the slow walks through the pathways.
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