Thursday, April 26, 2012

Words #116 and 117


For the next 5 days we will be up in Lake Oswego Oregon
Visiting friends and family and taking care of business.
So the images will be full of spring colors and old faces!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Word #115


I am discovering all sorts of interesting plants
around our new home. I believe this is an indigenous ground
cover, but am not sure. Right now it has little blue flowers
and it has small holly like leaves with lots of thorns
on each leaf. Not exactly what one would want to walk on
with bare feet. Any ideas what this might be?
Ahah- I found out what it is!


Ceanothus prostratus Squaw Carpet and Prostrate Ceanothus.
Ceanothus prostratus grows along the Northern California coast and Middle Sierras up into Washington State. - grid24_3
Ceanothus prostratus
Ceanothus prostratus is really flat with blue flowers. - grid24_3
Ceanothus prostratus is a flat mat that does well in part shade inland , full sun near coast or in cool summer areas.


Squaw Carpet is an evergreen ground cover that grows on open slopes and under Douglasi Firs, Jeffrey or Ponderosa pines from near seal level to 7000+' elevation.  Prostrate Ceanothus  is an excellent groundcover where it stays mild all year or you know you will have snow on the ground from December to March. On winter exposed sites(below 0F) it will give you problems.  In inland summer heat  it will give you problems in full afternoon  sun.  In its range the summers do not get much above 80 deg., ever, and the soil is fairly dry from July to December. Ceanothus prostratus will take some summer water and can tolerate garden conditions fairly well, as long as it's kept cool in the afternoon. If you have a mountain cabin or a house in San Francisco you'd like to look like a mountain cabin, this is one of the plants you should be looking for.
We have a couple planted next to one of the greenhouses where it gets almost full sun, just a little late afternoon protection and it is growing fine. It's mounding about one foot tall.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Word #109


Our friends Toni and Dave shared this
photo taken recently at Zion National Park.

OOPS turns out I had the wrong info.
Here's a note from Toni:
Glad you liked the pics! The one you chose for your “Snap a Day” is actually Bryce Canyon NP. You are looking at limestone hoodoos. Zion is sandstone canyons and monoliths. Both are spectacular. I tried to comment on your blog site but couldn’t figure out how .

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Word #101

So- I don't know about the rest of you but I am more than
disappointed in BLOGGER. This new interface that I have
been forced into using is a HOG. I hate it and supposedly
I am stuck with it? First we have to endure the "new and 
improved word verifications" and now this?
I wonder how hard it would be just to move my stuff over to 
Word Press?  Any input from you all out there would be 
appreciated. I am so frustrated. 

Monday, April 2, 2012