January 4, 2016

We're Here!

Our new home in Rainbow is finally finished and we have already moved in! This means that Petra won't be commuting back an forth to Whittier every week and can devote herself full time to the nursery. It also means that she will be available to recieve visitors every day during the week. It's still a good idea to call first to be sure that she will be here. Please come and visit us, even if only to take in the fresh country air and beautiful views.

One bonus of the new residence is that we had to reclaim a strip of land from our renter to allow for access to our new garage. This 35' x 130' area (right), which currently has a pile of pumice on it, forbodes future nursery expansion.

The area in front and to the right of our entry offers great potential for future landscaping. The large tree is a Chilean acacia of yet-to-be-determined species. Its blooms are bright yellow.

The 1 1/2 years of home construction did not stop us from making at least a few improvements to the nursery. Last spring we erected this 35' x 25' shade structure to house winter growers that don't mind the cold, but hate too much rain.

The winter bed up front is now in the middle of its growth season. Notice the wire cloth cages around the pilansii trunks. We had to put these on last summer because nature turned diabolical. Some retarded woodpeckers mistook our stately plants for trees and starting drilling holes in them to build their nests! At first Petra thought she could discourage them by simply filling the holes with plastic bags, but the determined buggers either pulled the bags out or started new holes. So we had to resort to drastic measures. It's been six months now and so far the woodpeckers have caused no more damage. Fortunately their handiwork doesn't seemed to have affected the vitality of these magnificent specimens.

A nice view into the upper display area of the nursery.

Above is a view of the upper terraces, which we put in a couple of years ago. Petra finally found time to plant them with seedlings that she wants to grow on to larger sizes. The same strategy is at work along the lane adjacent to the seed house (right). On the right side is a row of raised ground beds containing plants that have mostly been there more than a year already.

This is a view of the sales house that you saw under construction in our last blog more than a year ago. The cross cables are there to add stability to the high ceiling, which promotes better air circulation. They're also handy for adding more shade to specific areas.

The seed house is functioning well. There is now a continuous flow of seed flats in and seedlings out. We are constantly expanding our repertoire of succulents in propagation, adding a variety of new rare and hard-to-cultivate species.