Wednesday, October 7, 2009

On To Pine Cones and Pine Needles

Acorns were falling in huge abundance a week or two ago. Today was very windy, and the pine needles fell like snow, the pine cones dive-bombed all around us. Sitting in the house today, we heard almost continuously all afternoon ... pow! pow! pow! as the pine cones hit the roof.

Our yard is pretty minimalist, meaning we have no grass and not much ground cover (that is, the yard is mostly dirt). The pine trees that surround the yard keep the grass from flourishing. We used to put down mulch every year but discovered that was raising the level of the yard and contributing to the water flooding problems we now have. So, we've left the yard "as is" ever since.

As a result, this time of year, when the pine needles have covered the yard, this is the time it looks best. We are thinking of doing more with the yard after the front walk is rebuilt, but that's still TBD. I bet a comprehensive planting of ground cover would cost a bundle, so we'll probably have to take it slow on that front.

Below is the view out the kitchen window and a few other views of the needles and cones. You can see our yard statuary ... two armadillos and a lion.


kmilyun said...

Such a lovely view. I can almost smell the pine needles . ...

Hope we can stop in the Sierras on our way back from Nevada this weekend - to smell the pine and crisp air

Herrad said...

Hi Cranky,
What about tubs of plants and maybe raised beds?
Lawns may be pretty but are wastelands for birds and insects I like the look of your back yard, some plants would be nice what do you think/

Diane J Standiford said...

Too cute!

Cranky said...

Jan - I love the piney smell this time of year. Oddly, when I smell it best is when the pups come in with pine pitch on their paws and I'm pulling the stuff that's stuck to the pitch off for them. :-)

Herrad - raised beds/tubs sound like good ideas. I agree that lawns aren't much good for the critters. No worries about having a lawn here! :-)

Diane - we aim to please!