Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A Walk Through The Under Garden

When The 'aina speaks louder.

Click on an image for the slide show And Go. You are own your own to wonder in time.

Monday, November 27, 2017

And It Was Good

The Under Garden

As It Was Getting Dark

An Earthwork In Full Scale

Coming Out Of Its Toddler Years

And It Was Good.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

More Under Garden

I so appreciate a cloudless morning on my day off.

I have the chance to sit and watch the morning show as the sun comes over the mountain.

On work days I have to leave just as it is getting started. Plus I have the chance to sit and wait while and if it is going to attempt warmish before beginning my day.

When I was ready and with the correct number of layers, more chop and drop was done to expose the far edges of the Under Garden.

The  garden of winter is here.

Light and shade, snow and frost, wind and wet, the elements and the garden are set to play.

I have a front row seat ....... and a list of chores when there is a day off and an attempt is made at warmish.

I did go for a late afternoon stroll just to see. I saw a big holly in full berry. I haven't seen the flocks of robins yet. When I do, the berries will be no more.

There is plenty more chop and drop to do. I have all winter, no rush. I certainly don't want to cut down the morning show. That section can wait for the crushing snow.

Now is the time of the Under Garden. It is rather tidy compared to the time of the Lush. My maintenance gardener self approves.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Under Garden Returns

Today was the day. I was ready. A holiday and beautiful weather coincided and the Under Garden has returned.

It was a frosty morning. No problem. I was moving in slow motion and my deer hunters were here and I needed to stay quiet.

The sun rose over the mountain. The frost melted. My deer hunters know the hours near dawn and dusk are best. Once they left, I got to chopping.

The slope below the cabin is where the bulk of the Under Garden is. That is where I begin the winter long project of dropping three acres of meadow.

In a few short hours a brand new garden is revealed.

It almost amounts to having a second spring.

Phase two will carry the garden well into late spring when the time of vegetation swallows it once more.

It gains more substance with each passing year.

That substance makes editing around the individual plants a bit easier every year too.

It is critical that I do keep a skylight open all summer long. Without sun, the plants of the Under Garden would shrink and pout.

I seem to have found that happy medium between the wildness of the Tall Flower Meadow and the needs of the Under Garden. Today I uncovered it and it was looking good.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Almighty Begins To Age

It has been a while. The Almighty Falls has made it through leaf season with minimal debris.

The sole offender was a Black Walnut tree. The leaf bits were one thing. The walnuts turned the water into a mighty strong looking tea.

It is going to be cut down soon, not because it turned my water brown, but because the dropping walnuts were not wedding friendly. No big loss. I was more worried about the allelopathy on the plants beneath. I could handle a few weeks of tea water.

The baby fishes have already doubled in size.

Most of the new plants inside the old walls have disappeared for the winter.

The rocks are clean. The spring keeps running. The Almighty Falls continues on operational overflow. The stream and pond construction was an engineering success.

But I am going to shut it down for the winter. When it gets cold enough these streams can become glaciers. I don't trust that the dry stack rock in the ten foot drop zone can handle that kind of icy pressure.

The pond will get an aerator to keep the water oxygenated and maybe keep it ice free. The pump will get pulled and stored away for the winter. I'll be able to walk the dry stream and pick out all the leafy debris.

Next spring it will be ready to turn quickly green. Not with algae hopefully. The pond itself is also planted.

By next fall the fishes will be a whole lot bigger.

I am the gardener who knows how to make rocks soften or even disappear.