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    • April 19, 2020 10:21 AM EDT
    • you must be doing something right they are fast getting onto the tracks in a couple of spots, and are filling in rather quickly. Any hints on fertilizers and care secrets?

    • April 19, 2020 9:51 AM EDT
    • Jim Rowson said:

      Ha! I am guessing it would be a close race between the critters and the intense heat and sunlight causing them to burst into flames!

      Lack of thorns, opens the door.

    • April 19, 2020 7:20 AM EDT
    • Stunning work, Jim! Fabulous plantings, beautiful landscaping & scenes, wow...

    • April 19, 2020 1:41 AM EDT
    • Jim,


      What a treat to see your craftsmanship on display in a fabulous world you created for it!  



    • April 19, 2020 12:31 AM EDT
    • Ha! I am guessing it would be a close race between the critters and the intense heat and sunlight causing them to burst into flames!

    • April 19, 2020 12:13 AM EDT
    • My critters would tear up the railroad to get to that salad bar!

      Looks quite tasty!

    • April 18, 2020 6:48 PM EDT
    • Wow Jim your Layout is looking spectacular. Your plants are looking superb.

    • April 18, 2020 5:42 PM EDT
    • Man the layout really has blossomed. Looking great Jim

    • April 18, 2020 5:04 PM EDT
    • Things continue to grow like mad. I'm so happy about that, given my track record. Kudos to Nancy...  Here are a few videos...



      Yay spring!

    • March 31, 2020 7:30 PM EDT
    • BTW Jim ....I forgot to add "Nice Plant List" !

    • March 30, 2020 6:46 PM EDT
    • (WTF) Rooster and chicks  'inspectum my rectum'



      (Brunt) Ken Jade belongs in the desert and he ain't no succulent but he is a Ken Aslet !

    • March 30, 2020 2:57 PM EDT
    • FYi, here's the list of plants. Map is on hold until Nancy can visit though I have a first cut at many of the trees in the Jasper side of the pike. Picture at the bottom of the post...


      Durango & Jasper RR plants 

      Pleasanton, California, Zone 9


      TREES and SHRUBS

      (Kat) Katsura Japanese maple – Acer japonicum ‘Katsura’

      (Lio) Lions head Japanese maple – Acer japonicum ‘O Jishi’

      (Cor) Coral bark Japanese maple – Acer japonicum ‘Sango Kaku’

      (Pyg) Japanese maple – Acer japonicum ‘Sharp’s Pygmy’

      (Drg) Japanese maple – Acer japonicum ‘Red Dragon’ 

      (Box) Willow leaf boxwood – Buxus sempervirens ‘Salicifolia Elata’

      (Skl) Skeleton bush – Corokia cotoneaster ‘Little Prince’

      (Cop) Mirror bush – Coprosma repens ‘Pacific Sunset’

      (Fus) Thymeleaf fuchsia – Fuchsia thymifolia

      (Myr) Dwarf myrtle – Myrtus communis ‘Compacta’

      (Ros) Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Irene’



      (Pod) Mountain plum pine – Podocarpus lawrencei ‘Red Tip’

      (Lem) Lemon cypress – Cupressus macrocarpa ‘Wilma Goldcrest’ 

      (Alb) Dwarf Alberta spruce – Picea glauca ‘Conica’

      (Jun) Dwarf Japanese garden juniper – Juniperus procumbens ‘Nana’

      (Str) Blue Star juniper – Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’



      (Brs) Brass buttons – Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’

      (Als) Sweet alyssum – Lobularia maritima

      (Lob) Lobelia – Lobelia erinus

      (Sax) Mossy saxifrage – Saxifraga x arendsii ‘Red’

      (Bab) Baby tears – Soleirolia soleirolii

      (Bac) Bacopa – Sutera ‘Gold ‘n’ Pearls’

      (Elf) Elfin thyme – Thymus serpyllum ‘Elfin’

      (Fer) Fern


      SUCCULENTS (desert and back of Jasper)

      (Aeo) Black rose aeonium – Aeonium arboreum ‘Zwartkop’

      (Gol) Jade – Crassula sarcocaulis ‘Gollum’

      (Ken) Jade – Crassula sarcocaulis ‘Ken Aslet’ 

      (Tom) Crassula ‘Tom Thumb’ (green pagoda w/red tips)

      (Blu) Echeveria ‘Blue Prince’ (blue-green w/ purple edges)

      (Per) Echeveria ‘Perle Von Nurnberg’ (blue w/lav. tips)

      (Spr) Echeveria ‘Spruce Oliver’ (green w/red tips)

      (Sub) Echeveria subsessilis

      (Bar) Golden barrel cactus – Echinocactus grusonii

      (Csh) Cushion spurge – Euphorbia ‘Blackbird’

      (Zeb) Zebra plant – Haworthia fasciata

      (Rol) Rollers – Jovibarba (Sempervivum) globiferum subsp. allionii

      (Ice) Orange ice plant – Lampranthus aureus ‘Orange Form’

      (Ele) Elephant bush – Portulacaria afra

      (Gol) Goldmoss stonecrop – Sedum acre elegans

      (Spn) Spoon-leaved stonecrop – Sedum spathulifolium ‘Cape Blanco’

      (Drg) Stonecrop – Sedum spurium ‘Dragon’s Blood’

      (Jel) Red jelly beans – Sedum rubrotinctum

      (Min) Miniature pine tree – Sedum tetragona

      (Hen) Hen and chicks – Sempervivum tectorum

      (Cob) Cobweb houseleek – Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Cebenese’

      (Blk) Hen and Chicks – Sempervivum ‘Black Rose’

      (But) Hen and Chicks – Sempervivum arachnoideum ‘Cobweb Buttons’

      (Chi) Chinese Dunce Cap – Orostachys iwarenge


      This picture is of an 11x17 map, first cut at some of the trees on a bit more than half of the Durango & Jasper. The plan is to create a laminated 2 part map so I (and visitors) can figure out what's what:



    • March 9, 2020 7:12 PM EDT


      I don't see Area 69 on the map?


      Just saying .....

    • March 9, 2020 7:03 PM EDT
    • Well, thanks Bill, but I've seen some stunners and feel like I have a long way to go before I'm satisfied. Nancy has done a good job, imho.

    • March 9, 2020 6:56 PM EDT
    • Jim, one of if not the best small narrow gauge layouts one the web, great looking stuff 

    • March 9, 2020 6:48 PM EDT
    • Excellent !!!!!!!!!!!

       Thank you Jim those pics really show off what you have striven for. We get to see the way the plants blend and shape the scenes I can't wait for pics as you are running trains and finding the photo ops you have created with all the plantings.

    • March 9, 2020 6:39 PM EDT
    • Thanks Bill. Yeah that piece of track is just loosely sitting there. I need to get that finished off. That is the track leading to the stamp mill that doesn't exist yet.


    • March 9, 2020 6:38 PM EDT
    • Absolutely outstanding looking, but watch the rail gap at the jail turn out

    • March 9, 2020 6:26 PM EDT
    • As requested by David Marconi (aka Hollywood), here are more pics of each area so you can get a better feel for where various plants are situated and a bit of the big picture.


      The planting and structures might be separated into a set of scenes, like this:



      I'll put a few pictures for each of those labeled scenes here. First is the city of Durango, which is full of succulents and is supposed to be a desert town:



      Moving around toward the right (counterclockwise on the track plan):



      And then even further along:



      Moving on to the transition/rock fall area:



      Here's the logging area:



      Next is the "canyon" area (not a great name, but, eh, why not?):



      And the sawmill, back of the gold mine:



      And finally (pant pant) the Jasper gold mine:



      Sorry for posting so many pics. I got carried away :-).


    • March 9, 2020 11:06 AM EDT
    • Roger wilco master Marconi...