It’s winter and the hardwood trees have lost their leaves…A new, fresh view seeing through the trees is available now, and you can also see another side of them and admire their gorgeous forms and silhouettes. So much architectural beauty to enjoy, and yet so often we see none of this! If you’re a hiker or even enjoy a walk around your neighborhood, don’t miss out on this winter’s trees where you live. In this post, enjoy two urban forests.
Short Fence Love! The short fence interests me particularly because the community feel still exists, as does the interplay between public and private. With a short fence, the home’s boundaries are clearly delineated and in place, while at the same time, the home garden’s aliveness and personality are still there – and sometimes – for all to view! Alternatively, and for more privacy, short fences can be used to foil and screen. [Read more]
In this short photo post, I want to highlight the beauty of plants and life close to the waves of salty sea air. Not a lot of plants are acclimated to salt air and heavy winds. In this post, natives by way of beach grasses, perennials, and trees are included. Also, designed home garden plantings where the importance of choosing plants acclimated to coastal influences is a priority. These Stinson Beach and Seadrift photos were taken in October 2021, a few were taken in July, and are noted. I hope you enjoy them! [Read more]
I had a song repeating in my head the other day, “Don’t fence me in.” Do you know it? It’s a popular American song written in 1934 by Cole Porter, and sung by so many other artists, including the one I couldn’t get out of my head…Talking Heads.
The lyrics below, had me thinking about how much I value space and freedom outdoors…
Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies
Don’t fence me in
If you’re looking for some color this spring, summer and fall perennials are a good bang for your buck. For a definition refresher, a perennial is:
A plant that survives from year to year in a temperate climate but dies back just above or below the ground at the onset of the dormant season. ~Source: Understanding Perennials by William Cullina
In this short post let’s have a look at Leonotus leonurus (Lion’s Tail) a ‘must have’ plant for the dry Mediterranean garden. This evergreen perennial does very well in mild winter climates where fast draining soils set-up for year round flowering. Though peak flowering is summer to fall – if you prune mildly, leaving your shears mainly to dead-heading, Lion’s Tail will surprise you some blooms here and there throughout the year. [Read more]
Just when you thought Halloween ? couldn’t get any scarier - think again! Japanese knotweed is a homeowner's property nightmare in many states and countries. This spookily invasive plant is so damaging, and bad, that in the UK, there is a company, … [Read more]
Decades after graduation, it was time for Judy and me to revisit my college, Indiana University, in Bloomington, Indiana for a few weeks visit this summer 2022. We had visited for a week, in February of 2022, and were both so enamored, we wanted to … [Read more]
One of the best ways to get privacy from your neighbors, or to screen unwanted views is to plant a hedge. But which shrubs make the best screens? If you have a small garden, I'd like to steer you in a direction that cuts down your overwhelm: Oh no, … [Read more]
If you live in a climate where Bougainvillea will grow to be a flowering skyscraper vine, don't hesitate to consider another form: SHRUB BOUGAINVILLEA. If you're not sure what that looks like, let me introduce you to a beautiful Berkeley, … [Read more]