One does not simply add a carved wooden bear to the front yard.Read more "Bear 474: From Concept to Reality"
About 40 years ago California was as drought-stricken as today, and the good people of the 1970’s switched out their thirsty landscaping with the Sunset-magazine-sanctioned plants of that era. Juniper. Lemon Bottle-brush. Oleander. Whoever lived in our house in those years was doing the right thing, because we still have a lot of these plants. […]Read more "The Fallen Monarch"
During the winter you would have heard a lot of big talk from me about letting the lawn die in response to the regional drought. Then it actually started to die, and that was unsettling for the suburbanite within. That’s when you have to walk the walk, as they say. So it gradually turned from […]Read more "Gold Star"
The long-anticipated goal of having a campfire in the Camp Arrowhead section of the backyard has now been realized. Along with the entertainment of burning things, we get to spend more time with the night-time versions of animals that frequent the yard. Not long after dark two Opposums came through. I’m sure the Raccoon and […]Read more "Camp Arrowhead: Brought to Fruition"
Well, almost complete. We talked about adding a fence way in the back that I’m supposed to make out of bamboo and assorted fence posts. Is that really necessary? Time will tell. For now, here’s where we’re at. Hey, what, woah. Is that a shed or similar structure we see back there? Indeed it is. […]Read more "Camp Arrowhead: Infrastructure Phase Complete"
The work is well underway. We’ve leveled the top terraces to create more camp site space, added the Sonoma Wall Rock for the center raised bed, and rebuilt the steps as a long low bench that also functions as a step down to the camp site. Carried all these rocks down here. Good thing the […]Read more "Camp Arrowhead: Phase one"
It hasn’t been an especially hot summer so far, but the pepper harvest has been bountiful nonetheless. You’re looking at Padrón and Carmen peppers. That small red Padrón was incredibly hot. As you know, it’s pepper roulette with the Padrón’s anyway, but if they go red like this guy, watch out. Fair warning. We’ve been getting a couple […]Read more "Homegrown"
The back corner of our portion of the earth’s surface has been a landscaping quandary. It’s triangular in shape, on a moderate downhill angle, half shaded by towering oak and pepper trees, half baked in the blazing sun, and a major focal point for leisure-seekers lounging on the deck. What is to be done? Many […]Read more "Camp Arrowhead"
Our backyard bird sanctuary is going strong; they really seem to like the new feeder, and our anti-squirrel measures have been mostly successful. Along with the feeder, we have a bird bath nearby, and a nesting box that is now inhabited by some Chickadees. They tossed out all the nesting material that came with the […]Read more "A disturbance in the field"