Tag Archives: Native Plants

Something is Still Sensitive Here. Maybe it is just me.

Almost two months of fairly enforced idleness (gardenwise, anyway) have given me ample opportunity to look out the window at my past labors and think about this land–shortly mine no longer–the health of the forest, and property restrictions in the … Continue reading

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Change of Mind, Change of Heart (part three, a change of plan)

In late December and into January, while I waited for the soil to thaw and my special-order mutant Native plants to arrive, I studied up on Mountain Beaver control (this creature, which eats a few hundred dollars a year’s worth … Continue reading

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Change of Mind, Change of Heart (part two)

Returning to my snug and solidly built home after a day on a precarious roof and in the crawlspace of a dangerously sagging structure, I remarked to my wife how “we had wanted more outdoor living, but came very close … Continue reading

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Change of Mind, Change of Heart (part one)

When our home was for sale last fall, one evening we found a note taped to our door: “I have questions about your house,” with a name and phone number. Thinking it a potential sale, I called her the next … Continue reading

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Yellow Lake

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October, year over year…over year

All photos on the left taken by the Mitigation Planner, October 5, 2010.  Center photos taken by me October 8, 2011.  Photos on the right taken by me October 7, 2012.

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Replacement, Addition, Enhancement, Again

In my experience, the adaptive response of most common nursery plants, when excessively pruned, is to die.   In a previous life, my wife worked for a decade or so in the wholesale floral industry.  When she expressed an interest in … Continue reading

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Summer-y summary

Autumn is upon me, here in the nether region between I Don’t Want to Live Here Anymore and Now I Live Somewhere Else.  When you exist in a shadow world such as this, you tread a fine line between the … Continue reading

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‘green,’ or Green? the epilogue

I’d like to tell you that as I set my motorcycle-booted foot across the threshold of the City Hall meeting room last March, ‘Bad to the Bone’ began to play out of nowhere.  I wish I could say that I … Continue reading

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Dog stories

I read, years ago, that people tell stories about dogs that they want to reflect positively back upon themselves.  Dogs that run into burning buildings to save children, dogs that teach themselves a comical trick: the story you tell about … Continue reading

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