Friday, March 9, 2012

Calves, Wall Flowers & Crowpoison

Spring is here with it's warmth, rain, nippy wind, budding trees & baby calves.


We spotted "Little Red" in a field near Eureka, and were able to catch this photo before his mother hustled him away. Those are some pretty cute ears...

 
The first wildflowers have made an appearance in the empty lots around our construction site.
This is a drift of yellow Wall Flowers under a stand of Mesquite trees.  There are myriad types of wallflowers, but I believe this particular one is commonly know as Shy Wallflower (Erysimum inconspicuum). 


Wallflowers are members of the Mustard family along with Sweet Rocket, Watercress, Broccoli & Cauliflower. It's a native biennial, and like all the Mustards it has four petals arranged like an X, and six stamens (4 tall & 2 short). Wallflowers like disturbed soil (of which we have plenty) because it dries out quickly in the sun.


This tiny beauty has the unfortunate name of Crowpoison (Nothoscordum bivalve).  I was unable to find any reason for this name, but I think it's wise to assume it is poisonous.  Since I am particularly fond of crows, I'll think I'll stick with it's other and still not very charming name: False Garlic.  This pretty little bulb is a member of the Lily family.  Note: it does not smell like garlic or onions.  One of the earliest wildflowers, it often blooms again in the fall.

Out at the house, the ClimateMaster Tranquility 27 has been installed with a massive amount of silvery ductwork.




It snakes from the attic area by the studio, across the main house, over the dog trot and into the guest house, promising to provide all our living areas with heat and cooling.


The balcony supports are complete, and we are looking forward to having the railings in place.


The garden house, located next to the garage, is under construction.


The stone masons are still working hard.


And the boat house is finished and ready to go!

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