Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Ciao, mudhole!

Seven dumptruck loads of decomposed granite, four loads of roadbase, and a load of topsoil later; we're one step closer to completing the first phase of the landscape plan. We now need a nice rain to rinse the dust off the gravel and it'll be neat and clean and slightly lighter in color than you see in these photos. The next project is to fence in a small area on the north side of the house...well, small given the scale, but it will be a generous-sized yard by city standards. I think it is something like 50' wide by 70' deep. Mark and Keith are coming by to raise the entrance gate and panels by about 4" - now that the grade is higher. To start, we have two beds to plant; one adjacent to the entry, and another covering the septic tanks. That bed alone is about the same size as a standard front yard in town.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hillcountry Spring

From top left: Puccoon (Lithospermum incisum), podere, Blue Gilia (Gilia rigidula var. rigidula).
Middle from left: Prairie paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea var. lindheimeri), Slender-stem bitterweed (Hymenoxys scaposa), Seep muhly (
Muhlenbergia reverchonii).
Bottom from left: Beargrass (
Nolina texana), Beargrass flower, Prairie paintbrush (Castilleja purpurea var. lindheimeri).

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Veni, vidi...fichi

A photojournal of a fig's journey home. (top) Leaving the nursery, the neighbors, (middle) views in situ, (bottom) another neighbor looks on, preparing the bed, top dressing.

Monday, March 10, 2008


The best-laid plans...often go awry. I took the day off from work in hopes of transfering lots of stuff from the pump house to the main house. I also needed to be on-site because Stanley was going to come finish the earth work and spread road base, gravel, and mulch. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans and she promptly set to work turning the space between the two buildings into a sticky, gooey mud pit. So, I tidied up a bit, unpacked some old friends, and put on a big pot of beans. I've also included photos of some of the paninis Jim has been turning out on his new Breville panini press. Mi fa venire l'acquolina in bocca! (My mouth is watering!)

Sunday, March 2, 2008

First Blush

Spring is here! The redbud on the hill is in bloom and the agarita have just started opening their buds. This is the agarita or wild Currant. Agarita is a rounded shrub with beautiful gray-green, holly-like foliage and clusters of fragrant yellow flowers from February through April. The fruit that follows is a bright red berry that is a magnet for birds and small mammals and which makes a delicious jelly. There's a chance for rain today and tomorrow morning, and we could sure use it.