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"
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"
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"
Hey, what’s with all the bird-related information? I thought this was supposed to be a cat blog. The kitty decided it would be for the best to convert the thriving catmint plants into a cat sofa bed. While I’m here, I’ll sneak in a few pictures from the front yard. Looking good out there. Here […]Read more "Return to Normalcy"
I started working on the landscaping around the new fence, and spent a good part of Sunday out there conditioning the soil and adding plants (lavender, some grasses). There’s about a foot or so of space between the fence and the sidewalk, and the lavender should do well in this sunny spot. There were many […]Read more "Sunday evening"
The fence is done, and the finished product is really close to what we had envisioned. This is the drawing I made and gave to the guys who built it. I didn’t have measurements or anything, but we must have been on the same wavelength. The key differences are in the number of fence posts; […]Read more "Fenced in"