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New Planting at Westwind

We are in the midst of a huge planting spree at Westwind. Two weeks ago, we planted 20 hazelnuts, 10 autumn olives, 20 pawpaws and 7 2.5-inch caliper large scarlet oaks.

We placed them at the northern edge of our pastures, hoping for folks to enjoy their presence along Old Germantown rd. Our neighbor has attracted bluebirds, so we are crossing our fingers that this will add to the attraction and places for them to land.

I fretted about deer and elk. Would they stomp all over the tiny hazelnut trees, oblivious to them as they tromp around the pasture? Should we put up a fence?

The very night that we planted the trees, the elk visited us.

They ate every leaf off the hazelnuts. They avoided the autumn olives and left the pawpaws alone. Regardless, to protect the trees, we added a fence.

we installed a bit of fencing to try to redirect the deer and elk away from hazelnuts

we installed a bit of fencing to try to redirect the deer and elk away from hazelnuts

One might imagine that a low fence will do nothing to deter the deer and elk. If they want to get into that orchard, they will, certainly. However, as they graze, if they hit an obstacle, they might just turn away from it, rather than trying to navigate it. Given that we have not mowed our northern pastures, there is plenty of food out there for them. We are counting on them to “not look up” and notice the hazelnuts. Otherwise, we are growing an autumn olive orchard with a few pawpaws in it.

We have some fencing that we just put around a host of plantings — buddleia, cornus, lonicera — which seems to be working. The area is narrow — probably only about 7 feet wide. It’s also on a slope. So if a deer or elk looks in that little fenced area, he is perhaps thinking — “if i jump in there, I might not fit, so I’ll skip it.” At any rate, because they cannot judge about distance and the safety of the slope, it appears to be keeping them out.

New fence around baby forsythia, cornus, buddleia

New fence around baby forsythia, cornus, buddleia

Wish us luck!

Fall Color at Westwind

In fall, the sweetgums take on bright orange and red hues

In fall, the sweetgums take on bright orange and red hues

Sugar Maple leaves cover the lawn and driveway

Sugar Maple leaves cover the lawn and driveway

Fall is beautiful at Westwind — here are a few pics to show the delightful oranges and reds we see now.

low grow sumac explodes with color in fall

low grow sumac explodes with color in fall

the window of the sculpture sees a fall vignette

the window of the sculpture sees a fall vignette

Just as the leaf colors are starting to change, a rainbow adds its own color

Just as the leaf colors are starting to change, a rainbow adds its own color

October beginnings

Yesterday, I planted calendula along the roadbed behind the temple and going almost to the main gate. One pound of seeds, just passing them out of my hand and through the air to the ground. Laying hopes for the spring abundance along with them.

We moved the crocosmia from the south facing back of the house to the north facing front. It gets so floppy so early in august and lays down on the solidago “fireworks” that aches to bloom unfettered in september. Replaced it with monarda and digitalis, which do well in that part of the yard. The croscosmia filled in gaps in the front garden, where it thrives and is very upright and late blooming to nearly the end of august.

We are trying something new with the thistles. We don’t want to disturb the soil where they were, so we are mowing a few patches down, laying lime to neutralize the soil, and then 2-3″ of fresh planter’s mix, covering them with the dried plants and seed heads from yarrow, grasses, fireweed, poppies. I am going to plant some more lovely grass seeds and cross my fingers.

I have begun to listen more to nature, asking questions of the plant devas of each flower and tree that we will plant at westwind this fall. I hope to determine their best location for planting on this property, their fertilizer requirements, planting methods, and whatever else one has to think about when planting a tree or flower.

Here is a list of information obtained through kiniesiology testing so far. These are the seeds we will plant:

  • Cosmos. Plant in spring. No amendments
  • Camas. Plant in fall with some fert by back door wet spot
  • Calendula. Fall by roadside no amend
  • Eriophyllum. Plant in south where croc was now monarda. Rake in.
  • Eschscholzia poppy. Spread by gate. Fall
  • Red fescue on mikes stairway this fall
  • Coreopsis. Plant when we transplant from nursery to south garden.
  • Cammasia bulbs in front bed toward the west fall
  • Starflower and squill. West hill. Circle in line with sun. Run tractor. Add lime. Lay bulbs. Add soil. Lay seeds and rake.
  • Helianthus. Onethera And poa. Rake in when planting squill. Fall
  • Rudbeckia seed. Plow and Plant along north side of north trail near roadbed. With hordeum meadow barley. And ryegrass. No amendments
  • Papaver rhoeas fill when grasse move from kid garden, Fill in south of soccer lawn, Put in circle with sunflowers
  • Plant goldenrod along stairway to heaven
  • Plant roemer fescue and molata native red fescue around trees planted. Also some rudbeckia


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