We don’t have nearly enough lizards.Read more "Rewilding"
We’ve had a good start to the rainy season, and the next few days will be warm and sunny, so we can expect the yard to be completely covered in oxalis soon. I’ve already been out there attacking this pesky plant, but the war always ends up a stalemate at best, or a quagmire at […]Read more "Cue the oxalis"
I’m getting ready for the front yard picket fence to go in, and that means some of the plants are going to have to move. We had several box hedges along the sidewalk, which weren’t doing all that hot anyway, and there are two largish grass plants and some day lilies. We’ve generally favored plants […]Read more "Flora migration"
I would prefer that the weekend not be constrained to the standard 48 hour limit. Who do I talk to about that? This weekend was particularly good, due to the summer-like vibe. Lots of people out and about, enjoying the lovely weather. I saw many of them passing by the house with their domesticated wolves, […]Read more "going with the flow"
April 27th – the vegetable starts and seeds are in. June 24th – the tomato plants are going great.Read more "victory garden, spring and summer"
Just five days ago, the spinach and cilantro seeds went in to the Victory Garden out back, and last night we noticed “green shoots” (also known as “bernankes”) emerging. The cucumber hills show no signs of life yet, but it’s only a matter of time.Read more "homegrown is a good thing"
This weekend I was able to remove a “century plant” from a container in our backyard, but not without considerable effort. This plant (agave americana) has some unusual properties, including a few that make its removal from the landscape pretty tough. First, let’s describe some good things about the plant; it is visually striking – […]Read more "the agave defense"
We have two Japanese Maple trees in front of our house, about 15 feet apart. One started leafing out two weeks ago, and one just started opening leaves yesterday. There’s only a slight difference in the amount of sun, wind, and reflected warmth from the house between these two. One of them (the early-bird) is […]Read more "micro climate"