|Some plants for the planting. All from local wild natives, except for the 2 Catalina currant front right|
Mr Wood Rat and his Snow Leopard son - hey anything is possible in the blogosphere - have been building the pool garden fence and shade house - more of those in another thrilling post!
Yesterday, Wood Rat built a short flight of wooden steps connecting my Boulder Creek granddaughter's "little stage" to the stone steps I've been building:
|Pleased with his steps! As well he should be. Working with what was to hand.|
|Nice turn to get from the platform to the angle of the stone steps.|
|I added a few rocks and a couple ferns as starters. I'll plant something on the left - probably grasses.|
|Small daubs of green indicate plantings - I hope will grow larger. And I'll be doing more planting.|
With the builders off the worksite, I've been planting like a demon - a lot of things I propagated and some I've bought, and quite a few that have been languishing in pots too long. It's just a start.
|Dryopteris arguta - coastal wood fern. Grown from divisions. About five planted (some small).|
|There are three different types of baby ferns here - Adiantium jordanii maidenhair fern, polystichum munitum - sword fern, and coastal wood fern. Not sure about the Adiantum.|
|Carex bolanderi, I think.|
|Ribes viburnifolium, catalina perfume currant.|
I put stone circles around most things - partly to hold water till we get some rain, partly for erosion, and partly so I notice them (I don't always remember where I planted things).
|Ribes - unknown species.|
|Frangula californica, coffeeberry. From seed. One in the south garden is huge - we'll see what these do.|
|I planted two coffee berry in the sunny south garden and one in the sunny westerly part of the north garden that gets afternoon sun.|
|I planted around five ceanothus papillosus, wartleaf ceanothus, a shrubby sort of leggy ceanothus that likes sun.|
I also planted some redwood sorrel here and there and will try more of that in the shadier areas. Didn't get a photo yet.
Oh — but I have a lot of weeding to do,
|Oxalis pes-caprae (shown), weedy grasses, and mustard -oh my! And so many more weeds besides!|
while my 450 grass seedlings,
|I'm growing Stipa lepida, Stipa cernua, Melica torreyana|
|Yay - Iris fernaldii sprouts even in the dead-looking ones I had to lift early (and they were stressed besides).|
all grow out a bit more.
I'm also going to try some winter cuttings of the local manzanita, and maybe some salvias that are "store-boughten" as some say in the USA.
And I have seeds of this and that sown in the greenhouse of which more in a later post.
Now - all we need is the RAIN! Well, at least we are getting red toyon berries this year - too dry for the soot mold that usually turns them black I guess.