Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Mid-December Post

First Snow on Mount Lassik, not Lassen; Thanks Gramps! ...Below, one of my favorite subjects. Bear Butte.
Sky Shows at Sunset...coming earlier and earlier. Thank goodness it is just 10 more days until we start to wind our way back to summer. Yay!
Persimmon...Leaves all gone and fruit hanging heavy. The only way we even eat persimmon is mixed 1-1 with stiffly whipped and liberally sweetened cream. YUM!
This Tree has Issues...The Pink Pearl. It bloomed like mad last spring and then just limped through the summer. It barely had any growth and really, few leaves to even speak of. Notice above, its generally scraggly appearance new growth totalling about 4", maybe. Also notice, super imposed on this sorry example of an apple tree, an image of an apple blossom. Dec 10th this stressed little thing is trying to bloom! Maybe the extra food and water I threw its way this summer finally took effect. Or is it a desperate attempt at life before its final demise? Stay tuned. Below, the last of the Zinnias. Normally by this time all of my annuals are done for. We had our first killing frost just days ago and this pot must be strategically placed to ensure some good air flow because they swear they're staying green and blooming another day!
Indoors the Narcissus is making a show...
Aloe..and Rose...Winter is in our midst. The days are mournfully short and the wind blows in every crack and crevasse with icy fingers. The garden rests. But for the persimmons all the perennial fruits have been gathered. I am a bit overblogged right now. I started a newblogspot for my pups. Snoopy was slobbering all over the homestead blog so I created one especially for them. SoHum Mushers, pretty funny really. I rode in the lighted parade in Garberville and registered under that name...call it a loosely knit community , loose, like just one member. Over there I am posting all the great links and info about my new obsession. Truly obsessed. If I am not around here...check for me over there. Or actually on the trail - NO blog til you jog the dog! xxoo Jj

4 comments:

Gramps said...

Uh..I think that's Lassik, not Lassen. Actually, it is The Lassiks. Signal Peak, on the left and Red Lassic on the right. Black Lassic is hidden behind the ridge. A beautiful drive in June. You can get there in about two hours. It is a botanical preserve and has rare plants in Serpentine soil like some spots in Salmon Creek. The name is from the Wintu Indians and was given to the Wailaki resistance fighter Chief Lassic who was killed at Fort Seward in 1862. If you are curious about this , look at Lucy Young's Story on the Blocksburg.com website.

jojo roxx said...

That is very informative, thank you. Some anon helped me out by pointing out the name months ago...he spelled it Lassic, actually i see u do too. Hmmmmm. Of course I got it wrong either way! Never again though...i promise. Thanks for the geography, (and geology) lesson. Now about these serpentine (blue rock - right?) deposits. Isn't here some sort of poisonous (arsenic?) danger associated with them?

Gramps said...

Sepentine rock was once a deposit beneath the ocean. I have read that it ha water locked up in the rock. It is sometimes associated with asbestos deposits but that is not the case in Salmon Creek. The nutrients in serpentine soil are locked up chemically so that it is a poor soil for plant growth. Certain plants are associated with serpentine. The obvious one in Salmon Creek is Incense Cedar. You will see it also up the Alderpoint Road where there is some serpentine and down south near Legget where Cedars appear along the road. I once cut a douglas fir down on lower Thomas Road that was 8 inches in diameter. I was amazed to discover that the tree was 98 years old when I counted the rings. It was growing on serpentine. Serpentine can also be red. Plenty of it in Salmon Creek and lots of springs coming out of it. The spring water is fine.

jojo roxx said...

That is great clarification! Quite interesting too, I am reassured about the serpentine/absbestos spring flow. Thanks for stopping by... Jj