We did go up to the land Wednesday afternoon, and the first thing we did was look for the yellow stake. Andy could see it with his naked eyes but to him it looked white, not yellow. As predicted, I needed the binoculars and for me the light was just right. Wow! The yellow did stand out.
I took a picture of it using the zoom on my camera and could clearly see it. Unfortunately I had to lower the resolution to put it here on the web.
It shows up better in the cropped picture.
After we ate we went down to see the daffodils that Torben gave Andy a couple of years ago. They’re in full bloom and were spectacular. Unfortunately it was starting to get dark so the camera didn’t do them justice.
We came back a different way — one that no one had taken in the past few days — so there was a tree across the road. No problem. Andy never goes up there without a chain saw.
It looks grim, doesn’t it? Andy is going to order another one, and in the process he read this:
Water your trees!
These trees originated at a time when the earth was warmer and wetter than it is today. Once the soil surrounding the roots of the giant sequoias totally dries out these trees are dead. They are not at all forgiving to those who forget to water, like most landscape trees are….
For the best results continue to irrigate your trees for their entire lifetime (about 3000 years). If this isn’t possible, ask someone to water them in your absence or put in an automatic irrigation system. Remember that water is critical!
—Giant Sequoias in the Landscape Garden
Andy has been giving it plenty of water, but he has been watering more deeply and less frequently. That’s a good strategy for most trees — it encourages deep roots — but maybe it’s not the best thing for redwoods?
Before the fire he did manage to grow a tall one:
We’re guessing he won’t have even 20 years to grow another one that tall. Let alone 3000!
You have to be like a bumper car. And you hit the wall and you back up and you go a different way and you go at the wall again. The only thing I know is not to give up. I don’t know how to not give up.
I partially agree with Cher, but I would add don’t just blindly keep trying things. As you try things be aware of what you’re doing and how the system reacts. Once you get a feeling for the situation start thinking of experiments you can try to get more information.
I tried that with MailChimp and gathered a lot of data to share with their technical support, and I also tried googling to see if anyone else had experienced my problem. Those approaches often help, but no luck this time.
So I tried something different. I tested MailChimp on one of my test WordPress sites and it worked perfectly. Once I saw that I was almost there. I just looked to see how my settings and plugins differed between the two sites, found the troublesome plugin and disabled it. So I no longer have to send out notices of each new post, MailChimp does it automatically.
It feels great to have that off my list. Now Andy and I are working on our report for the Sandoval County Assessor. Onwards and upwards.