Thursday, May 29, 2008


This is not a doctored photo! This is the problem with Russian Thistle. It THRIVES in the arid Sonoita Grasslands! Each and every single plant carries 250,000 seeds. And, you know why it is called Tumbleweed. Those suckers can rock and roll for miles. In the fall they spill their seed all along their merry tumble. Hence, my tumbleweed fence. I guess I have a fallback crop plant if I ever need one. The only problem will be finding a market for it. Any ideas?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Russian Thistle

Does anyone know the common name for this pain in the neck plant that reproduces in my vineyard faster than the field mice and rabbits? The first spring I saw the cute little green plants popping up in every little wrinkle of dirt. I was so excited because I thought it would be a beautiful wild flower (I do have many of those, really) that I could transplant in the flower garden I was planning. I asked a plant expert the name of the flower and he replied that it was tumbleweed, a very invasive plant that was brought into our country on either Russian rye seeds or flax seeds by Ukrainian farmers. I'm sure that expert and his cohorts had a fine chuckle that day. Heck, I bet they still occasionally bring it up. "Remember that lady who.... Ha! Ha! Ha!"

I know what you're thinking. Tumbleweeds. Romance. The Wild West, Ghost Towns, "Get Along Little Doggie", Shoot-Outs in front of saloons. All very exciting. Why do I not see it that way? I will say more in my next blog!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

2008 Planting!

As soon as the May 3rd Wine and Farm Festival was over it was time gear up for our spring vine planting. Even with the problems such as the auger breaking, the irrigation not working the way it is supposed to and a frost at the beginning of planting week, we got all 3000 vines in the ground. It is always a rewarding feeling to stand back and survey all the work after the fact! Now comes the hard part, waiting and watching the vines sprout and hopefully, grow!

Friday, May 9, 2008

We have a winner!

Many of the visitors who attended our Wine and Farm Festival last weekend filled out a brief survey to let us know how they heard about the festival. Doing so entered them into a raffle for a free bottle of Canelo Hills wine.

Mark Colwell of Sierra Vista was our lucky winner! Thanks to all who filled out entry forms; we found the responses very informative.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Fun Was Had by All!

Saturday was our second annual wine and farm festival. This year the Wind Gods were merciful and sent only an occasional blast our way. We had a good crowd including the Dehners who were our first customers at last year's festival. Tim and I were delighted to see their familiar faces among the crowds of new visitors.