Since it meets the standards established for planting on the estate I have planted seed and transplanted a number of volunteer seedlings into buckets in hopes of growing specimens along the curve in the driveway where topsoil barriers have been in place for several years. This area was originally all hard pan clay subsoil but is slowly regaining soil, pants, and biomass. It is not irrigated and requires plant species that are well adapted to the high desert and little rain. In addition, I have planted seed for the Desert bird of Paradise, Caesalpinia gilliesii, as well as Sacred Datura, Datura wrightii, for the owners wife. Commonly known as Jimson weed, sacred datura is hardy perennial species, grows low and produces a fair amount of biomass which should assist in the areas restoration. While the bird of paradise also requires little water, it should also do well in this restoration area.
The goal is to fill in this area with grass and perennials for guests staying at the Painted Pony Resort.
|Aerial view of the corner with topsoil restoration barriers at the corner of the drive|
|Ground view of topsoil restoration barriers with new grass and plant growth|
|Velvet leaf senna (Lindheimers senna).|
|Desert bird of paradise|