Saturday, December 1, 2012

More Fall Color

It's too wet to even stand outside to daydream about next year's garden beds, but I do have a couple of quasi-sorta-maybe seasonally-related photos of some of the bushes and stuff in this area. I will preface all of them with a plea for anyone to tell me what any or all of these pretty plants are, so I might care for them optimally. I barely know the difference between a maple and oak-leaved poison oak! Also, these photos are from my rusty old iPhone, so they don't have much sharpness. I'm scratching through the packing boxes for my Fujifilm camera, which will take sharper pictures.

I recall that this was just plain green when I first saw the property...


fingers crossed, here's another:

but I think this fellow is a type of Arborvitae, yes?

and down the road a couple of miles, I found this, glowing in all its glorious redness, whatever it is:

Right now, the main color is just wet, not so pretty.
Oh, my, see how I mess up with pictures. I'm sorry! I'll leave the last photo below, since I can't figure how to resume text entry after it. Note that I haven't  even dared to try to add iPhone video clips!


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Fall Colors

The change of seasons here is pretty abrupt, but I did catch a few of the maples in their golden best (but the overcast sky as seen by my cellphone camera dulls the scene a bit).

On the highway, it is tricky stupid to try to snap a view of the leaves at 88 feet per second, but hey, traffic was very light, and just four days later, the color was gone, leaving only drab gray branches. Blogger seems to have gotten stuck, so I ithink I should stop here and post this mini-post. If I can, I'll be trying to put in some pics of some unknown plants I have on the farm. I wonder why it clogged up and won't let me add another paragraph...<sigh>


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fall is here, and it's wet.

It is so cool to see the river fill so fast after each day of rain,

The two loafing sheds are chock full of blackberry vines. I hope to get some more sunny-day shots, as the leaves just splat all over  the ground when the rain hits heavier.

Aw, shucks, the pictures stuck together. The mist dulls out the yellow colors. That clup of branches and stuff is sitting still until I can start a set of cardboard/leaves and branches/paper and more cardboard "lasagna" garden bed where I hope to start a Spring garden in maybe March or April. If you could see the grass up close, it is riddled by mole mounds and studded liberally with droopy dandelions.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Welcome! After all the efforts to master gardening in the sunsoaked and windblown slope area of upcountry Maui, we are now unpacking our belongings in a sleepy little area east of Florence, Oregon, to revive a former ranch alongside a river. There are world-class blackberries hiding and guarding a pair of loafing sheds and a couple of chicken coops, with rumors of a "creek" and maybe even a pond.

Our backyard merges into the Siuslaw National Forest, complete with lots of wildlife you'd expect in a heavily forested mountainous area. The coho and cutthroat salmon are already starting to run upstream, bringing out fishing folks every day.

We have dozens of decisions and unanticipated "discoveries" to resolve in the winter months with the house, but the pastures and a few long-neglected fruit trees will eventually get some attention. Soil testing clearly will help us to decide how best to restore tilth. The dandelion crop will have to be tamed, as will the battalions of moles. Raccoons have visited briefly, but we don't leave anything open for them.  

I hope I can learn more about the many plants here, only a couple of which I recognize. I know some are just weeds, but some are random sprouts of useful plants, such as huckleberries, plums, and of course, there are those monster blackberries!

I'm still looking for my camera in those packing boxes, so for now, the cellphone camera will have to suffice. Much of my Maui garden stuff gradually found other homes, and I didn't want to bring any plant matter here, so I'll have fun setting up a new tool set for here. Best part of that will be getting a decent garden tractor to tackle the acreage! I hear folks take quite some pride in their "seat time". Hmmm, watch this space to see.

I will be learning a ton of new-to-me information, so please feel free to add to my storehouse of knowledge anytime! For those who had seen my old blog, A Tradewinds Garden, I warmly bid you "a hui hou" and in turn, "E como mai"  to this blog. It will be hard to get used to shoes instead of slippahs!