The blue ceanothus are blooming! We never had the blue ones right here; the closest were about 5 miles down the road. But now there are ever so many blooming up on the hill. These photos did not capture the deep dark blue.
The rains were just right for a massive blooming of the white ceanothus this year. Each plant is heavy in flower & they are all blooming. Those of us who are old-timers here cannot recall a bloom like this one.
This is Willow who sees no use for them as they do not taste good so horses cannot eat them.
These photos are from early 2005. That was an El Nino year & we had a lot of rain here in So. Cal. This much grass is rarely seen and has not happened again since that year. I was turning horses out on the property to give them some grass time. They also used it as running around time.
The chestnut is SSM Fire Singer aka Big Red (Clarion x Four-K Cassandra, who was all Ina Ish's breeding). The paly is SSM Autumn Wind (SSM W Nicholas Moro x Kenel's Amarillo Meg). Both are 9yrs. here.
a view that has no end; no DSL, no cable, cell phones kinda function; dirt roads; plenty of space; no actual gardening, just find the plants that survive the conditions; a few good neighbors; wildlife up close; 25 minutes from the closest town--I would not want to live anywhere else.