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    • November 3, 2019 7:00 PM EST
    • Excellent ! You got the right lady in there for the plantings . Read a lot of her articles in GR over the years and it's really gonna bring the RR to life even if you don't model Amtrak !

    • November 3, 2019 2:53 PM EST
    • OK, we are now planting (well, mostly Nancy and her helper but I'm there! I promise!). I got to learn how to prune conifers and did most of them, but those are for next week. To start with we concentrated on the upper level of Durango, with a lot of succulents. You may be slightly underwhelmed by the plant coverage, but we're leaving room for buildings and expecting these plants to fill in over time. So here we go:


      Nancy and her helper after rocks were rearranged (much better now!) and the soil has been excavated and enhanced, as the first few plants are in place:



      And some other views after the plants that were done today. So succulatious!



    • October 22, 2019 12:52 PM EDT
    • I'm planting nothing but succulents anymore, stuff that's prickly and hard to eradicate. 

    • September 24, 2019 3:19 AM EDT
    • A rule of "brown thumb"; the more expensive the plant, the quicker it dies..................

    • September 24, 2019 1:50 AM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Black thumb? Sounds like gangrene to me.......


      I have a brown thumb. But, if I plant something and then leave it alone, it has a much better chance of surviving.

      I have an incredible ability to kill plants.  Even sedum withers under my hand!

    • September 20, 2019 10:46 PM EDT
    • More cannabis? That darn stuff is in just about everything lately.

    • September 20, 2019 8:14 PM EDT
    • I saw the hemp mixed in Jim

    • September 20, 2019 3:46 PM EDT
    • Ooh, looks like your little folks are gonna have a bumper crop of bananas.


    • September 20, 2019 3:46 PM EDT
    • Nice, you will like the cotoneaster, I have one: (looks like an apple tree)




    • September 20, 2019 3:34 PM EDT
    • Nancy came by today and we looked at a lot of plants. More to come bu this was a good dump. A lot of these are for the desert and logging area, with some transition. The forest is tbd.


      I promised to show lots of plants and some about where they are purchased. Many of these are labeled with the source but otherwise I don't have much info about them. One is from one of Nancy's friends...


      Let's start in the desert area with a few trees, beginning with the one from Nancy's friend:



      And some groundcover/cactus (sorry about not getting entire labels on these):



      Some transition trees, also succulents but more treelike and less cactus like:



      And some bonsai-ish trees for the log loading area:



      Whew! That's a lot of pictures! Some of the more expensive trees ($45!) are one of a kind in this garden. I'm counting on Nancy to teach me how to keep these things alive!


    • September 19, 2019 5:06 PM EDT
    • Black thumb? Sounds like gangrene to me.......


      I have a brown thumb. But, if I plant something and then leave it alone, it has a much better chance of surviving.

    • September 19, 2019 1:10 AM EDT
    • I am glad I am not the only black-thumbed garden railroader!  I have started to just let grow what sprouts... If I ever need to replant, I will try to cultivate them and that will kill everything instantly!  Looking forward to learning from you, Jim!



    • September 18, 2019 7:46 PM EDT
    • Rooster picks up the crackpipe that Jim left laying in the forest end. Takes a hit and sets it back down in the desert end. Then goes back to surfing Amtrak porn.

    • September 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT
    • Jim, this should be a great journey. I look forward to watching the layout come to life, literally. 

    • September 18, 2019 3:11 PM EDT
    • There you go, Jim! Didn't you say you were going to go all rock though? Anyway, finally! Green scenery to scale. And you have a great BAGRS plants resource in Nancy - she knows her stuff. Ready for the next open house, right?

    • September 18, 2019 1:24 PM EDT
    • I do have a list of plants, organized by trees, groundcovers, etc on my site that might be helpful:






    • September 18, 2019 12:46 PM EDT
    • Greg: I'll be documenting it all here (partly so I can remember what we plant later!) including where we end up buying. I think Nancy said we are zone 9? Temperature range is from 32F to 105F or so. I've added sunsails over much of the layout to try to temper the brutal summer afternoon sun. We'll see how it all works.


      Sean, Dan: thanks. I'm hoping this will be a fun and drastic transformation. I'm getting tired of dirt.


      [edited to fix the zone]

    • September 18, 2019 12:29 PM EDT
    • Please keep us informed, I will be interested in your choice of "trees" that will work in your climate, which is similar (but a bit hotter) than here in coastal San Diego.


      Also will be interested in where you buy your plants, Miniforest in Oregon might be a good choice, since Miniature Plant Kingdom in Sebastopol is gone now.




    • September 18, 2019 9:07 AM EDT
    • Great news Jim! Can't wait to see the transition from dirt to planting.