Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Groasis update

Well, it wasn't quite as bad as I thought...

Out of the 20 chokecherry trees I planted last spring 9 didn't make it. In the case of three of them I think it might have been the health of the seedlings.
Since one out of the two planted in the same box one survived

and the other did not.

The culprit for the other 6 was roots from native grasses

sucking up all the water from the box before it got to the seedlings.

I got another 10 native chokecherries and planted them.

We'll see what spring has to bring.

The rest of the ones I planted in the Spring are hanging on, they're small but still have green leaves. Maybe the funnel spiders will keep all the ants and leaf eating bugs away.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Trial with a view

Bridget Strang is doing a great job of hosting sheep dog trials up on Missouri Heights. You couldn't ask for a prettier place or a prettier time of year...

Dawn at Strang Ranch.

That's Mount Sopris in the background.

Early morning still had frost on the grass.

and one of the first runs of the day with a little dawn light. It was pretty cold- around 20 F.

but that didn't stop the dogs....

Here's Bridget with Treat on her first run in the Open on Saturday.

Afternoon and things started to warm up.

Put the Nationals on your calendar for next year.