From the 1st line of the story: A Tracy man came home from vacation to discover 150 to 200 small koi fish vanished from a backyard pond. By James Utt. 150-200 . . . 150-200! how can anyone think it’s a good idea to keep that many fish in something so small? What is he […]Read More His Koi are Missing
[Section 13 in Arlington National Cemetery.]Read More Memorial Day . . .
Okay, here is the list to this date. I only took nominees from the comments, I did not take any from e-mail. I figure if you are going to bash a shrub-bash it in public. There are 10 shrubs listed some by botanical, some by common, and a couple listed by-the whole entire species e.g. […]Read More Vote for the Worst of the Worst-Shrub.
For the cool price of $250,000 you can have this little beauty built for you in your own backyard. though for that much money you may want to put it in your front yard. Heck . . . it may be the house in the yard. The photo comes from a story in Business Week, […]Read More Tree Houses . . . that are Super
It appears by lack of response that unlikable trees are more interesting to discuss. So Based on the few entries, I would guess it is time to move on. In the next week or so we will move on to trees and shrubs we do like to have, and use in the landscape. We Designers […]Read More Shrubs We do Not Like (2)
Based on the hugely popular “Trees we do not like“, and “Vote for the Worst of the Worst-Trees” it is now time to bring you . . . [Now that’s a “Shrubbery“, or see below] Shrubs we do Not Like: I have written about a few of these culprits in the past week or so, […]Read More Shrubs We do Not Like:
A brief interlude from bad , bad, terrible shrubs, to something of greatness, and a beauty that I am incapable of describing: [The larger image will blow you away, by steverob50] This is my favorite tree all-time, hands down regardless of situation, and this may be one of the most stunning photograph of Quercus virginia, […]Read More Wormsloe Plantation, Savannah Georgia
Welcome back to another one from ‘murderer’s row‘ as we count down to Shrubs We do Not Like. We are talking about Juniper c. ‘Hetzii’, or as I learned the common name Hetzi Juniper. This Juniper is a shrub I can promise you I will never plant-ever, no matter what. Form, shape, size, habit, needles, […]Read More Juniperus chinensis ‘Hetzii’
I have decided that yesterday’s addendum deserved a stand alone post. I have also added 4 links at the bottom that will send you to older post that also deal with this same subject matter. Yesterday: Addendum: Here again we are dealing with the steps in the design process. I can’t seem to get past […]Read More Steps; Design to Build
There is a great commentary string(prompted by detailed specifics) on a post by the County Clerk, the post is A Plan Coalesces: Hank is giving us the blow-by-blow on his dealings with his property, his landscape, and now his hiring of an LA to come up with a plan, and it’s turned into a fascinating […]Read More The Stages of a Landscape Plan
The (ALCC) Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC) list of their top 10 trends should be interesting to Landscape Designers everywhere. Some are old trends, some are kinda new, and there’s one that’s even a little confusing(to me). Providing this list holds true it would mean a lot of work for designers. Take #9 for […]Read More Top 10 Trends in Colorado
It’s a tool shed, it’s a firewood storage compartment, it’s a barbecue, no wait it’s a garden shed, uh no . . . it’s a loft! That’s it, a loft . . . or a tool shed, or a storage cabinet, how about a Walden? . . . uh, never mind-you decide . . . […]Read More It’s a . . . “Walden”?
[The large stone wall makes a great backdrop for this misting waterfall]Read More An Appreciation of Stone (27)
This whole business about honey-bees and CCD(“Colony Collapse Disorder”) is starting to really worry a lot of people. I myself am wondering if it is part of a cycle, or part of a changing environment. Either way; if true, it would be bad for horticultural, and our dinner table. I just came across this short […]Read More Honey Bee’s, is it a Virus?