The last month or so we have been very busy mostly working with all the growing things here. I, Sharon, made a quick trip to NH to move my Mother into assisted living and the rest of our time has been spent tending and planting, pruning and caring for the coffee and numerous other growing things.
Before I left for NH, Roberto and I made two terraced rows across the side of our large hill where we were having erosion problems. We planted "Poppies" (Roberto's name for the flower). The flowers on the bushes we planted look like a Hibiscus. We planted red ones but I have also seen peach and yellow. Ours have a single row of petals but I have seen them with many rows. These appear much fuller. The "Poppies" grow quite easily here and are planted two sticks together in an "X" formation and are used as a shrub.
|Here you can see the "X" shape.|
Planting was quite an adventure on the side of this very steep hill. Roberto did much of the digging and created the "terrace" and I planted the cuttings. Hopefully, they will grow and add stability to our hillside. Because of the torrential rains here, (photos below) erosion is a major concern and can be a very expensive issue to control. We spend lots of time digging ditches to direct the water flow and will be glad when our driveway is competed with gravel and cement so we don't have to continue digging the same ditches over and over.While I am on the subject of our driveway, we still have not solidified a deal what to do and who to have do it. Yesterday we spent some time with a builder and architect who suggested we gravel the lower portion, which isn't too steep, and concrete the steep part. It actually seems like one of the better suggestions we have heard. Now all we need to do is find the person and gravel to get the project done!
|More rain in front of our house. Since this picture, a large trench has been dug along side the road and we have not seen this type of flooding since. This is what we mean about constantly digging ditches and trying to prevent erosion control.|