Archive for December, 2012
I went up to Blake Garden last week. I thought the recent storm might have made it messy or brought down branches from some of the big old specimens, but the garden was the healthiest and tidiest I’ve ever seen it. There wasn’t much in bloom — a few irises, a few narcissus, Tagetes, a manzanita variety, cyclamen, coyote brush, a few other things — but all of the foliage was bright and cheerful. There have been some beautiful days since the big storm, short and sweet.
This blog reached its fourth birthday a couple of days ago. Posting has been slower this year, but still pretty steady, averaging a little less than a post per week. There have been about the usual number of posts about stone, but fewer posts about gardens this year; a lot of our time was spent designing rather than installing or maintaining, and I just generally seemed to be a bit less plant and garden focused this year. Also, I made a concerted effort to upgrade my drawing skills this year, so I often went out with a sketchbook instead of a camera, drawing landscapes instead of photographing the plants in them. Next year I’m hoping to focus a bit more back on gardens, including making an effort to get photos of some of the ones we’ve designed. We’ll see what happens. My blogging attention wanders a bit, but more or less stays on track with plants, natives, stone, gardens, and Bay Area/California landscapes. This week’s rains have germinated a ton of native wildflowers in our own garden, already has me thinking about what the coming spring is going to be like.
Lately, I’ve been walking our dog Carla on the Bay Trail near the Richmond Marina. There’s a section converted from an old rail line that I really like. The views are great, and the changing tides and light conditions make it a little different each time I go. I tend to stay moving and focus on exercising Carla, but I’ve done one sketch and taken a few photos. It’s one of the nicer places in Richmond and I’m likely to post about it again sometime.
I’m pretty happy to reach four years of blogging. Thanks to everyone who reads or comments.
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