Blue skies and gentle breezes beaconed for me to get outside despite the cool temperatures. Afterall, it was so warm and toasty indoors and so much left on the "winter list to do". Ah, but that sunshine looked so inviting...and the encouraging nicker from the horses gave way to this soul. Shiloh, Cash and Honey … Continue reading Seedy Greenhouse
Photos, email mails and calls are pouring in from friends living in the south. These are the friends that post beautiful pictures of gorgeous frost tender plants throughout the year that leave me drooling and waiting for the day to have any color resembling what they share. As of this writing, those contacting me are … Continue reading Cold, Cold, Cold
The snow is gently falling on the winter garden at the moment. What foliage remains is either covered in winter white or exposing the brown leaves of dormancy. The overall landscaping is breathtaking. The air feels crisp and clean on my skin as I walk out to feed the equine. My mind flits about from … Continue reading Ponderings
The subject of a recent call from a friend brought back memories of years teaching irrigation design at College of Marin and causing me to dust off buried literature used in the classroom. I realized what I taught still ran deep – Plan for success. Unintended pathway? My friend’s concern was regarding the lawn in … Continue reading Poor Planning
Wild land Fire - 2020 Every year I write a blog about protecting homes and properties from wild land fires. The materials and knowledge used come from years of working with CDF (now CAL Fire) and studying the effects of vegetation related to fire science. I know about good defensible space, the benefits of using … Continue reading FIRE!
The inconsistent weather of rain, snow, hail, and sun, tending to the newly planted vegetable garden and pulling weeds that persistently demand attention had my focus on everything and everywhere but the front garden. It was that time of year that peonies would steal the show out front and back, as well as the promised … Continue reading Things Gone Wild?
A tub of Tulips A cool breeze waifed through the open bedroom window this morning waking me up. Before my eyes opened, a beautiful choir of birds chirped out a song leaving me in wonder of what feathered friends sang such a lovely tune. The melody must have caught "the boys" attention as my line … Continue reading Nature’s Gift
Waking to two feet of a white wonderland of snow last week was both refreshing as well as beautiful. I smiled as the dogs romp and did "puppies in the snow" and watched the birds flitting to and fro pecking at their seeds in the trays before flying back to the nearest snow covered tree … Continue reading Emerging
It never fails that someone will ask how I come up with subjects for the blog to write about. It always makes me smile. A walk around the garden provides millions (okay, I exaggerate) of topics to talk about. It is the very reason I love landscaping - you never know it all! With that … Continue reading Garden Topics
Daffodil and Muscari Blue skies, bright sunshine beating down on the warmed earth as spring bulbs pop their heads up through the soil are all indicators we are experiencing a very early spring this February. Or is it an early spring? I recall it was these false winter days that brought folks out of the … Continue reading Early Spring?