Monday, October 27, 2008
Garden Stroll Before Glazing
I decided to take a stroll in the garden this morning before the sun came up. The lighting is really different this early in the morning. On the way to the studio, there are three maple trees. The one in the the middle of the yard is turning color much sooner than the other two. It's only the difference of 10 or 20 feet, but it seems to make a difference in when the leaves change color. The other two are closer to the house and I think its warmer there.
I have raised bins near the studio and they are usually all planted with vegetables, but this year I reserved two bins to try dahlias. If you have never grown dahlias, give them a try. They are so beautiful and they bloom all year long. Towards the end of summer they weren't looking that good, kind of sun burnt, but now they are spectacular again. They're getting taller and taller and the flowers are huge. I think dahlias like the weather a bit cooler. Heck, I do too, our summers really hot here. As the sun came up I noticed the honey bees looking for nectar on the dahlias.
I spent the good part of the weekend planting some trees at the upper part of our property. I know, I know, you're probably saying, doesn't she have enough plants. Hasn't she been complaining about all she has to take care of. Well, yes, that's all true. But in case we don't sell for awhile, I am trying to screen out some of the traffic noise from the highway.
Anyway Cupressus arizonica, Arizona Cypress, are drought tolerant and take little or no care. See, they won't be too much work at all. They make a good screen and wind break and like the heat. The foliage is fragrant and a beautiful gray-green color and the bark is reddish brown. And they grow fast into a pyramid shape. Why didn't I think of these trees sooner? The only draw back I have found so far is the foliage makes your skin itch if you rub against the foliage, which I had to do while planting them. I can't wait for these trees to screen our front yard. Next time you come to visit me in my studio take a look at our future conifer forest, even if the forest is planted neatly in a row.
I've got a ton of glazing to do today so I am off to start in.