Tag Archives: gardens

Bird Watching

Bluejays bathing

  The poet Nikki Giovanni once said that she spent a lot of time learning about bird watching.  Placing these birdbath basalt rocks in my new garden has made me want to do the same. We’ve created our own little aviary hammam out front and when I’m around I try to sit very still so [...]

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Digging Life

Some of the plants selected for the front driveway "pink and red" areas

My friend Jana says putting in a new garden is like giving birth.  Painful and messy at the time but you quickly forget all that once your new pride and joy has arrived.  This has been an intense mother of a week with soil, rock and plant deliveries arriving almost daily and several professional crews [...]

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Friday Things: The Good Fences Edition

Red maple leaves against an April sky

The garden project continues in full swing.  So full that I’ve hardly looked at anything this week that didn’t have petals or leaves. Except maybe the dirt surrounding our house–specifically, the dirt that surrounds my house vs. the dirt that surrounds my neighbors’ house. Our property is bordered on three sides by open space owned [...]

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Friday Things: The Easter Edition

New Pink Dogwood Planted Easter Weekend 2015

Let me introduce you to my new pink dogwood tree—isn’t she a beauty? She went into the back garden yesterday along with a bunch of climbing vines and two fruit trees–a Kieffer lime and a “Panache” fig (classy, huh?)  I spent a few peaceful moments last night watering everything in, grateful to have some new [...]

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Yardwork

New Room & Board umbrellas in a cheery orange

Last week a landscape crew ripped out most of the tired plantings and removed all the rocks that made up an ornamental dry stream bed in the upper garden.  What’s left is a whole lot of dirt potential. “Things gonna look worse before they look better,” said my handyman Gustavo after shoring up the back [...]

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Friday Things: The Artful Garden Edition

Plans for the outdoor spaces continue to evolve as I gather information and consult trusted experts.  One of those experts is Berkeley artist and landscape designer Keeyla Meadows. I first met Keeyla twenty-some years ago when I was scouting gardens for a garden tour fundraiser for our kids’ grade school. Someone tipped me off to [...]

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Friday Things: The Eclectic vs. Purist Edition

House Plans - Jim Jennings

It’s been a while since I shared any remodeling news.  That’s because most of the interior work we wanted to do on the new house is done and we’ve been enjoying a respite from projects beyond the ongoing purging and organization of stuff.  But an early spring is upon us and a wedding party is [...]

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Happy Easter!

Columbine - Oakland, CA  4.14

As I shed things I no longer need in anticipation of our move, I’m relishing the signs of rebirth that happen every spring.  When I need to take a break from digging into dark corners, bundling up clothes that don’t work for me anymore or books I’ve already read, I make my way to the [...]

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Friday Things Considered: Forceful or Foolish?

Heading out on the hike

Reading this essay about a woman asking for a better table when given a crummy one made me think about a recent failed attempt at being more forceful. Claire was in town from the frigid East and wanted to spend every minute of the weekend out in the sun.  So we drove over to Point [...]

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3 Things On My Ideal House List

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A month into house hunting my weeks are taking on a steady rhythm.  On Friday we scan the MLS listings and plan what open houses we’ll attend that weekend.  Saturday and Sunday afternoons we tour.  Monday morning three a.m. I’m wide awake redecorating the most recently seen possibilities.  Tuesday middle-of-the-night doubt creeps in.  Wednesday morning [...]

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Kathryn Pritchett

writes about Things Elemental — where we find shelter, why we connect, what sustains us and how we strut our stuff.

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