Monthly Archives: August 2011

All Things, All at Once

I developed my city garden for several years before I realized how far I had put my cart in front of my horse.  With my neighbor’s help, I had removed the dead and diseased trees that covered the yard and hid the soil … Continue reading

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You can’t fool Mother Nature

The most notable feature of my forest glen is a great rotting stump just a few feet from the patio.  Taller than I am, the sides are crumbling away and yet it is still several feet wide.  Once upon a … Continue reading

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Dominion over the land

When I was a little boy I used to love to turn over rocks exposed by low tides.  Crabs, eels, sculpin, tiny starfish; I was enthralled by the teeming wildlife of the intertidal zone.  Because I was a little boy, and … Continue reading

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Save my place

In my last garden I had plants that I used as ‘filler’–the thing in between the things that were going to grow together.   In general, my filler go-to was Viburnum davidii.  Most notable for its nearly clichéd use in mass-and institutional … Continue reading

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Small reveals

If you enter into any deep, shady forest, you will find that aesthetically, they all have much in common.  As typical as the woods at the back of my property or as spectacular as the Hall of Mosses Trail in the Hoh Rain … Continue reading

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A coalescence of tumescent viridescence

It is shocking how dry the native soil in my clearing can get, and how rapidly it dries out, considering I have a Class One wetland right over there.  Early on in the Mitigation process, I asked the Planner why … Continue reading

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The other side of the law

The permit to build my home required that there be a split rail fence 5 1/2 feet from the exterior wall on the north and east sides of the home–the ‘confinement fence,’ as I have dubbed it.  While the City was … Continue reading

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