Quite a number of well done petroglyphs are found up on this cliff - which involved a short hike up the hillside.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Friday, May 17, 2013
Thursday, May 16, 2013
I have been anxiously awaiting this first iris blossom of the year! I have most of my iris labeled with the registered names, but this one does not have a tag. I am pretty sure it came from the Big Sky Iris Club sale at the local Farmer's Market.
At this point, I have about 250 different iris planted in the terraces out front. I have tags on most of them (with the registered names) and they are recorded in a spread sheet (something I started last year). This year, I hope to get a photo of each one that blooms, and I hope to record the date it blooms on the spreadsheet. I will keep track of the ones that die and I will not plant those again. Instead, I hope to have large patches of healthy iris. I am keeping the good growers and good bloomers and the rest can go. I am not really out to amass a "collection". Rather, I am hoping to do some artful landscaping.... I want color blocks around the yard!
Iris work well in this location with minimal care and little water. I also love them - so I joined the local Iris club as well as the American Iris Society!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
( we have also finally disposed of the wooden retaining wall in the back that he told us was a fire hazard)
I have found that iris grow well at our place and they don't require much water (always a concern since we have to haul our water from the water station - we don't have city water or a well). Iris are a good plant for fire safety - they really do not ever burn well. I have gradually been adding a stone patio and terraces to the front to create more living space and a place for my growing iris collection. Above, I have dug this new flower bed terrace this spring to create a place for replanting all the perennials that had to be removed during our reconstruction of the terraces in the back.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 13, 2013
These pictures show the last two tiers being finished up. We should finish up today and then will start building the pond and waterfall.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Saturday, May 11, 2013
These pictures show our work as we proceed along the slope heading from south to north across the hillside behind our house.