You hear that?Exactly. What we don't hear is the drone of our generator. Even the purr of a whisper quiet Honda is not the worst sound in the world, we've had 6 months of it. My man is now an electrician! He finally got it all together. As I write, all I hear are the sweet little laughing or quacking of the ducks on the pond....We are very happy campers today! Now we can move on to....HOT WATER!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
|Dodecathon aka 'Shooting Star'|
This is our first Spring here in the Pacific Northwest, and being plant and nature enthusiasts, we are both naturally excited to see what's right here growing on our 14 acres of wooded meadow. We moved here in August and California is not called the Golden State for it's gold, which is what I had always assumed...nope, it's the color of the land most of the year. . Cali is world renowned for it's wildflowers and The Sierra Nevada and central foothills have the largest concentration, due to it's many elevations and micro climates.
I got a real taste of this when I wen to Mt. Shasta last Sept. with my daughters, camping. The alpines are simply luscious! I cannot wait to return and see what Spring is like at Shasta. What a real blessing that it's only an hour away!
|Alpine Scabiosa aka Pin Cushion flower-perhaps?|
|Not identified. Looks somewhat succulent in nature.|
|Pasque-love these things!|
|Pasque flower in seed- My hike part-way up Mt. Shasta.|
Friday, March 2, 2012
Went to a Succulent Society Meeting in Sacramento this week. I'm still kicking myself around for forgetting to grab my camera-the drive was so beautiful with Almond groves in full bloom right now. We drove all around marveling at the landscaping and admiring the Camila trees have to be my favorite. I simply must have a red and dark pink one! John, loves the palms, and he did spy his beloved tree ferns growing down there, so I'm sure that's going on our wish list as well... We had a few hours to kill, so we also strolled around a garden center and I picked up a new Abutilon. I adore Abutilon, and did not bring any along during our move as they are such thirsty things, but since they are hardy here, I will not be able to resist collecting them, I'm sure... I also picked up a Hardenbergia-a sweet little purple vine. I'll need to create as much shade as possible up here and my answer is quick growing vines.
|Close-uo of 'Chalo'|
The meeting was so inspiring...a member, Mark, showed a movie he shot on a tour a few of the group went on down in Peru. This was well put together set to Peruvian music and his sense of humor made for a very enjoyable hour. Mark is also a potter and he brought his collection to sell. I've been needing a bit of inspiration to get me going on new pot styles, so this was a truly inspiring meeting.