Great houses. I’ve got three in my photograph album, all in California—yes, there are great houses here. Lots. Filoli, San Simeon, Scotty’s Castle, among others. Filoli, an estate 30 miles south of San Francisco, was built with mining money. San … Continue reading
This will be a short one, all made up of photos for your viewing pleasure–a relief for us on the U.S. West Coast experiencing foul air and energy-sucking heat. A few days before the SECOND malevolent heat wave hit Oregon, … Continue reading
It’s hot. The prediction is 100 degrees by 5pm today. The temperature is inching up. I’m keeping the birth baths full. I just got off the phone with my sister, who lives in Mendocino, California. Life there borders on dystopia. … Continue reading
Today a bit of eye candy for flower lovers. Seen here via the wonders of sharing image files from my personal website. It’s magic! And also a place to just scroll and forget all the nonsense for a few moments.
It’s January 14, midway through the wintry month, 8 days past Epiphany, my day for recognizing increasing light exposure. This is also the time I start parting the spontaneous mulch from my Empress tree and begin to look for hellebores. … Continue reading
When I had planted all my perennials, leaving piles of trash for the husband to rake up, I turned to the dark side of gardening: destruction.Continue reading
by Chris Dolley Weatherwise, the last twelve months have been far from average. An exceptionally cold and snowy November/December was followed by the warmest and driest spring on record and then a cold and wet summer. It was a gardener’s … Continue reading
Mostly people picture book launches or signings in bookshops – either glorious crowds besieging furiously signing author (optimum dream) or wretchedly solitary author sitting over table with copies and trying not to eye every passing browser like a hopeful vulture … Continue reading