Monthly Archives: April 2011

You two might have a lot in common

Beyond being ‘architecturally unsympathetic,’ and corralling my family near to or in the house, it is not just us who find the fence confining and inconvenient.  Down the east side of the home, on the ‘free and full use’ side of … Continue reading

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Land, lots of land, with the starry skies above

The City directed that the building project have a ‘split rail fence…five and one half feet from the building envelope on the North and East sides, meeting at the intersection of the two fence lines.’  This fence is designed to … Continue reading

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I am not gardening, I am reasonable use-ing

Once, while watching a home improvement television show, I heard a contractor remark that he was ‘not creating drainage, but developing water management.’  I like that.  It sounds like a challenging job, similar to Cat Rancher or City Government Intermediary.  I … Continue reading

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  When my wife used to travel on business, I would sometimes take those days off from work and carve a couple feet of lawn away, add some plants and rocks, and see if she noticed when she came back.  … Continue reading

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The sky is falling

Bigleaf Maple.  Acer Macrophyllum.  This is a plant of opportunity:  a little open ground, a shaft of sunlight–Whoomp. There it is.  When mature it will grow to fifty feet high and wide, occasionally reaching 90 feet by 90 feet.  It is a stalwart … Continue reading

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It will just turn into rain again

Flush with success at having created a drainage problem, solving it by creating another, and solving that too, I am going after another drainage problem to the rear of the house.  The runoff from the gutters empties on the bare … Continue reading

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Working to make work

In much same manner as people who like movies starring Vin Diesel, or the cast of Jersey Shore, water seeks its own level.  Looking at my house from the street, my property slopes hard to the right…and there’s a big-arse wetland right … Continue reading

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A lot like Hugh Jackman

“The area beyond the fence is sensitive and needs to be cared for gently.”  The words of the city representative replay in my head as I wander amid the giant rotting stumps on my property.  They are not cedar stumps, … Continue reading

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Looking back, looking forward

I started this blog a few weeks ago, and started making changes to my garden a few weeks before that, in the dark and dead of winter that now, as I write this, seems almost endless.  In January, looking out my … Continue reading

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I call it The Mossmaster 3000

There is a seventh layer to the forest, too; or at least in my opinion, there is:  Moss.  Not the creeping groundcovers like thyme, baby’s tears, or corsican mint–or even the ones called ‘moss,’ the Scotch and the Irish.  Those are … Continue reading

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