Much has changed during the previous two weeks while Rhody, Carson and I were in the Pacific Northwest on vacation. The previously incessant rain suddenly stopped when we left. Canned and potted plants were consequently in need of irrigation after we returned. The weather is splendid now. Delayed bloom is now making up for lost time. Vegetation is growing like weeds, and much of it is, particularly beyond refined landscapes. Work is about as behind schedule as it always is. I got all but the last of these six pictures at work this week. Pictures of vacation are not transmitting from the telephone to the computer. Perhaps I will share some next Saturday. I did not take many.

1. Iris X louisiana ‘Black Gamecock’, Louisiana iris is a gift from Skooter’s Family. There is enough for this closely spaced row on fifty linear feet of the edge of the drainage pond.

2. Rumex occidentalis, dock is a prolific native that inhabits another portion of the edge of the drainage pond. It is pretty but may later be replaced by multiplying Louisiana iris.

3. Lunaria annua, money plant seems to be naturalized, but only because someone who retired from here used to collect and disperse its seed. We try to continue this tradition.

4. Cornus florida, flowering dogwood is late but spectacular. It does not perform as well within the arid chaparral climate of the Santa Clara Valley, just a few miles to the North.

5. Malus ‘Prairiefire’, flowering dogwood is about as spectacular. I believe that it blooms about now naturally though. I do not know what its species is, which is why it is omitted.

6. Rhody enjoyed the Pacific Northwest but not getting his picture taken. This was taken just before we left the farm near Poulsbo where I pruned several abandoned apple trees.

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15 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Return To Work

    1. I was none too keen on it until I met it here and learned about the tradition of collecting and dispersing seed. I collect more seed than I disperse, so give it to neighbors to disperse where they would like more of it.

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    1. As much as Rhody does not cooperate, all of his pictures are the best.
      The dogwood is blooming late for here because of the crazily wintry winter. Rhody says that it is a dogwood because the bark is ruff. What is the confusion?

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      1. It is a grove of a few dogwood trees. Their performance is impressive because they do not perform like this within the Santa Clara Valley, just a few miles to the north. This is one of the few climates here that they are happy in.


    1. They are extra special here because they only perform like this within a few isolated climates. Most climates farther inland are too warm and arid. Coastal climates are cooler, but not quite cool enough during winter, and not warm enough through summer.

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