A few months ago we had the Asian pear tree taken out, then I ripped out the jasmine, and started a pintrest board to plot out new landscaping in the front of the house. I got pavers, dug out root systems, amended the soil, and procrastinated. Then it started raining, and then it rained some … More commitment
I appreciate a good wreath, I enjoy making them, and I’ve made several over the years. I think my first was festive autumnal colors, followed by a delightful spring/summer medly. Then there was the Christmas Present wreath, and one made with coffee filter flowers. Recently, our CSA box provider has been offering locally sourced herbal … More Herb’s Wreath
The other morning the boys and I spent some time in the backyard tending to the plants. We trimmed back the herbs in Herb’s Garden, and replanted the rosemary to give it a better position near the drip hose. We planted some new lemon balm and lemon verbena. We also requested that the local nursery … More spring planting in the backyard
After a summer of being ignored as I reminding the children that California is having a drought and we need to leave the water off, I decided to solve the water-misappropriation problems once and for all and replace the faucet with one that has a removable “key” (or you can use a flat-head screwdriver in … More water-misappropriation problems resolved (we hope)
The fortress of sunflowers is down to two, but that’s OK they’re finally blooming! The boys are quite excited that the sunflowers are “taller than mommy!” and “booming!” They’ve got about another month before we remove them (unless the boys take them out first), and tentatively put in a sandbox — hopefully resolving the need to … More and now there are 2 — and they’re blooming!
Back in August I posted about the 2014 Asian Pear haul, and promised to update once I’d done something with them. I’ve tossed easily 20-30 lbs of them so far this week — they’ve splatted onto the ground, rotten and moldy, and with the help of Sasha’s extension picker we’ve hauled in several tubs of … More Asian Pears 2014 – update
I meant to take a few more photos of these as they grew — they have surpassed the children in height — but that didn’t happen. The six pack of starts has now dwindled to three — one never got started, and two got knocked over during vigorous play. The bush has been removed it … More fortress of sunflowers: and now there are 3