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!
After my previous post about Herb’s Garden, I decided I wanted to put in some plant markers. While I may, one day, find a stash of second-hand dinosaurs, for now I am using parallel-cycled CDs. I hesitate to say upcycled because let’s face it, all I did was scrawl basil on the shiny side of the … More parallel-cycled CD plant markers
Our backyard has come a long way since we moved in, and I am continually working to make it a more child (and people) – friendly place. We recently splurged and had the mulch-pit redone, it was turning into a muddy pit when it rained (all winter), so it was scraped, re-weed papered and freshly … More Herb’s Garden
Our friends, Nick and Sasha, recently moved in two doors over from us. The house came with a Questionable Shed in the back, as well as a large cactus that was largely rotten (and rotting) from lack of sunlight and too much moisture. The cactus was quite large (much taller than either of us), and … More Luther Burbank Spineless Cactus