The Calypsos are blooming!!The old growth woods to the north of us on Buck Rock Road, is a mossy and verdant forest that teems with Calypso bulbosa and Goodyera oblongifolia among other temperate orchids. This forest has not been harvested for many years and we had several families of Spotted Owl until very recently.The Bureau of Land Management has "sold" this parcel to a logging contractor and we are very concerned for the outcome of this relatively pristine forest. Several of the old Douglas firs and Incense cedars are absolutely huge. They're well over three to four hundred years old and gigantic. It's becoming more and more difficult to find trees of this size. I hope they won't cut them!.
We've just had the hill to the south of us scraped clean of plant material and after the tragedy at Oso, Washington, it amazes me that the logging practices in effect are still allowed. This was a 'private' cut and there's not much you can do to organizations that destroy their own land for the sake of a buck.
Our Trout Lilies (Erythronium oregonum) are in full bloom and they are everywhere shining like small bright stars .Dodecatheon hendersonii, or shooting stars, hide among the Ceanothus cuneatus to avoid the deer. I rather like this tough ' buck brush' .It covers the 'hot' side of our hill and when the white flowers open up next week the fragrance from the clusters of white flowers will perfume the entire area. The Calochortus tolmieii will follow shortly..These furry beautiful little 'bells' are so enchanting and I love the fact that they volunteer in our garden..
The drizzles have continued happily and I'm hoping that we won't have that hot dry summer that some forecasters are predicting.
Bright golden and yellow Viola praemorsa and Viola sheltonii are now blooming on the hillsides and in the meadows.. These are bright little violets and it's wonderful to find them brightening the wild gardens. The dogwood, Cornus nuttallii, will be lighting up the forest early this year. This is a tree I really love but it seems rather scarce in our area. We've only found two in our woods.
My husband, Walt, and I are designing and constructing a new rock outcrop garden in front of our house where in past summers the lawn has gone to a dead brown as the weather grows hot. We're avoiding the rarer choice plants in this area and will use the commoner, more deer resistant plants that will naturalize such as Tanacetum haradjanii (or Tanacetum densum amanii), thymes, lavendulas, dianthus and English daisies....Bellis perennis ....(I like them!!!). We're using the wonderfully aged shale on our land along with basalt that we collected years ago because they actually match quite well.. Each boulder has its own miniature garden of lichens and mosses inhabiting them...tiny landscapes and great personalities!
Hopefully, we'll be able to invite you up to our garden in the near future!!!
April 6, 2014