Monday, October 21, 2013

Long Summer

From January 29 to October 21 has been a long time.  Most of my customers are aware it has been a transition year for me and my family.   I lost my mother in August and now finally getting my life back together.  This winter Bobbe and I will be traveling to Australia.   We will do a road trip from Adelaide to Sydney.  I will drive about 2600 Km in 12 days.  This will be a personal adventure along as a gardening adventure, did I mention the wine?   My mother's father was born in Adelaide in 1900 and his mother was born in Colac,  Victoria.   I plan a pilgrimage to those parts of Australia and also visit as many, botanical gardens, natural history museums as I can within our time frame.  Oh, did I say we plan to visit a few winery tasting rooms while there.  I plan to try to post while on the trip showing some of the gardens and wildlife found along our route. 

I am hoping to do more posts on use of natives & appropriate plant species suitable for Central Oregon gardens. 
Here are some crocus that I naturalized in to a low intensity lawn area.  The early crocus come up as the snow melts across the lawn in the spring and are all done flowering by the time the lawn needs it's first mowing.   For me fall is the best season of the year, cool nights and warm days as we have been having the past few weeks.  Spring on the other hand has a few nice days then a week of cold wet weather.  And when it is clear it is cold and so many tender plants are killed by the late frost we have in Central Oregon.  Spring crocus add a smile to my face and remind me spring will really be here in June. 

Bob

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

New Season

Greetings from the Gardener

I wish to use this post to bring everyone up to date.  Last fall was a rush to get things done.  For the most part I was successful.  The end of November I had a total knee replacement.  The procedure was successful and my physical therapy was progressing a head of schedule.  Three weeks after my surgery I stepped out on to the ice near my cabin and slipped.  So much for my great recovery from the surgery.  A week later I checked in with my surgeon and he did a 2nd surgery to repair tares to soft tissue.   After the second surgery my wife put me on house arrest.  We stayed at my parent's home on the east side away from the fun life here at Snowshoe Inn. Less snow and ice in town to slip on.  Now a month after the second surgery I am back on the path to recovery.  I do not expect to be 100% early this spring but recovered enough to get things done. 

So far our snow pack was as much as 28 inches just before Christmas.  Since then we have not had any significant snow falls here.  I estimate that we have about 6 to10 inches of snow pack now at Snowshoe Inn.  That keeps Bobbe happy because she does not want me to shovel snow for a while longer.  

After a winter in recovery from my surgeries I am so excited to get back to work and enjoy the great life in Central Oregon.  I look foreword to seeing everyone this spring.

bob