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October 08, 2018

Two Years On - Roof Top deck in Richmond

It's hard to see, but these two photos are of the same containers, two years apart.  French Lavender is growing through and completely obscuring the white picker railing.  The Hollywood Junipers are growing taller and filling out.  The windows of their back neighbor almost completely gone.

Check out the original 2016 Post.

A rainy day is a great time to write a new post.  Over the last three months I have been working on three new projects.  The first is a revival of a container deck planting I installed over 10 years ago. Here I replaced the aging containers and tired plants surrounding this kitchen garden.   The small 24" fiberclay containers were crumbling.  I designed a 30" box made of galvanized steel and locally fabricated by NuStar on Otis.

Planted to provide a green curtain on three side of the deck.  Sixteen Hollywood Junipers along the back accented with four Pittosporum "Golf Ball" and Orlaya.  The south side has four Taxus b. columns inter planted with Choisya ternata.  

October 07, 2018

Garden Wildlife

 Arriving late in the afternoon, I find Salsa already out in the garden.  This LoverBoy, Salsa, is not doing well.  His Cancer is taking its toll.   I love seeing him out in the garden "stalking" butterflies.  He doesn't kill.  Just watches.  I love his spirit.

October 04, 2018

Last of the Dahlias

I think this is the last week for Dahlias.   But it was a good week.   I really into the golden upper petal/burgundy under petal variety called Dahlia 'Gets Crazy' from Swan Island.   It's a big dahlia and I didn't adequately stake it this year but works well with Aster 'Little Carlow'.  

Other notable Dahlias this year: Dahlia 'Ripples' and Dahlia 'Nicholas'.

August 24, 2018

A week in Berlin

Oh the trees of Berlin.  Wow, I would love to live in a forested city.

August 15, 2018

English Double Border in Small San Francisco Back Yard

This garden was planted in March of 2016.  It is barely 2 years 5 months old.   Second photo was taken on February 9, 2016.   The growth has been phenomenal.   Some of the new blossoms this month include Agapanthus, Aster x 2, Gladiolus and ...

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae 'Skyscraper' (Aster) just starting its fall blush with Drumstick Alliums and Centaurea gymnocarpa 'Velvet Centaurea'.

August 13, 2018

Planting a Small Garden Tightly

This garden has three different faces or attitudes and all packed into a small 10 x 20 foot space.   The five round Pittosporum 'Golf Ball' really hold the mess together and help differentiate the three views.

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