Last Saturday morning was spent sorting and splitting a cord of the least impressive firewood we ever had delivered to us. It’s our fault, you wait that late in the season and you’ll get expensive gnarly left-overs. Lesson hard-learned. The wood shelter is holding most of the cord which is a happy surprise. Especially since it has finally started raining and snow is in the forecast. I am making a point of bringing in bags of the wood that didn’t fit in and using it first. Continue reading “Firewood accomplished”
This June during my French trip I visited my aunt and uncle in Chateuneuf-sur- Cher. They are exceptional gardener, their potager (veggie garden) is legendary. When they are not tending their own plot they also dig at a nearby community garden. This garden is flanked by a river ( Le Cher) and a bamboo grove. The size of the canes are epic and I was completely mesmerized. In the photo above my uncle Pierre-Yves who is thin and tall walk amongst the towering canes. Continue reading “Bamboo: a first look”
The evolution of our front garden is the result of a few factors: the desire to grow more interesting things than lawn, the successive death of three large aspens and the need to block the view of the decrepit cars permanently anchored to my neighbor’s driveway. Continue reading “Evolution of the front garden 2017”
A clathrus ruler (stinkhorn) I spotted this summer in the gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire. No doubt the strangest and most glorious fungus I had ever seen.
This picture might be the only one I have of the old crumbling shed ( I have dreamt its demise since we moved in 10 years ago) and one of the few pictures of the veggie beds my dad and I built out of repurposed palette wood a few years ago. Suffice it to say they didn’t last long and while I have been hating on and lamenting the vinyl fence behind them, this summer I decided to take it all down and start over. Continue reading “Back fence project”
Red Butte is splendid most days, but during the fall on a clear sunny day no place in Salt Lake City can compare. A friend and I visited last week, just for the chance to run our hands through mounds of ornamental grass such as the blue gramma above. Continue reading “Red Butte Garden, Late October 2017”
This hybrid perpetual rose was purchased at the Red Butte Garden plant sale in the spring of 2015, the plant was a very small, rooted by High Country Roses in Colorado. Like all small cuttings they take many years to get going in the heat/cold of Utah but this one was always vigorous. I first spotted the shrub at Red Butte Garden just above the scented garden. It has a great shape and flowers all the summer there. Mine gets more shade but flowers very well on the first flush, late summer gave me more blooms as well. Continue reading “Baronne Prévost rose, an update”
The holiday open house at the beautiful nursery Cactus & Tropicals in Salt Lake City seems to happen earlier and earlier each year. So early in fact that it lacked the usual display of amaryllis and paper whites. I think the Christmas spirit usually strikes after Thanksgiving, not so near Halloween… Continue reading “Cactus and Tropicals winter open house”
We tore down the dilapidated shed behind the garage and discovered a huge hole in the fence separating us from our neighbor as well as a larger than believed area perfect for a very private patio. We started by disposing of the enormous pile of waste the old shed created. Continue reading “firewood shelter project”
After having left this space blank for over a year I am jumping on the way-back wagon. These pictures were mostly taken in late May this year. We had a very wet spring with some roses suffering from powdery mildew for the first time. I am looking at you Crocus rose, Gertrude Jekyll and Iceberg. All the others did not seem to mind.