Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010


Such a reasonable priced cabin! And close enough for short trips. I know I've posted it before. Anyone? Anyone? Timeshare?


$89,900
http://sacramento.craigslist.org/reb/1661248146.html

Teal, turquoise, call it what you want


I've always been a bit of a fan, but there are so many shades of it I'm falling in love with now. And isn't it the pantone color of 2010? Honestly, I think this color can go very wrong (in my head) being associated with the bad late 80's/early 90's style which also happened to fall onto some of my most awkward years. I'm getting over it though- in a big way.





Dreamy wall color


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lose the lawn inspiration

Recycled-steel trellises planted with climbing Asparagus retrofractus and papyrus screen views from neighboring windows. The entire yard is paved with gravel ― a permeable surface that allows rainwater to seep into the soil instead of running into the street.

A grass that's a natural for your area- these grasses can live on rainfall alone in their native Western ranges, and they need mowing just once or twice a year to keep tidy. Northern California and the Northwest: Fine fescue and hair grass (Deschampsia). Blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis). Native to the western Great Plains. A bunching perennial grass, it grows 1 to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Stems carry flowers on one side only. Give it full sun, little water. Best in Sunset climate zones 1–3, 7–11, 14, 18–21.

Buffalo grass (Buchloe dactyloides). Grows 4 to 8 inches tall; has gray-green color in summer, straw color in winter. Turf varieties are selected for density and greener color. Female selections (always vegetatively propagated) have flowers at the base, so you don't see them. Male plants have flowers on top, so they look ratty to some, attractive to others. When you start this from seed, it always contains a mix of male and female plants. Give it full sun or open shade, some summer water (gets summer rain in the wild). A good garden performer in zones 1–3, 10–11, 14–16, 18–24.



"I wanted the garden to be beautiful shades of green, and I wanted it to be wild and low-maintenance, because I work so much."

The limited plant palette includes three varieties of bamboo ― used as screening elements ― plus miscanthus grass, 'Goodwin Creek Grey' lavender, and Helichrysum petiolare 'Limelight'.



The majority of the yard is mulched in river rock lightly planted with red yucca. They tucked in a few petunias, pansies, and geraniums, in keeping with the spirit of the neighborhood, but kept the planting small and made them look less dated by adding lots of Berkely sedge (Carex tumuicola).



( I've always been a fan of plants between stepping stones. )

Mostly low-water plants that give the yard all-season appeal. Now drifts of unthirsty black-eyed Susans, fountain grass, gaura, and Genista lydia provide color; blue star creeper and Sedum spurium 'Red Carpet' fill the spaces between pavers.

Oriental fountain grass ( Pennisetumorientale) puts out white plumes that mature to khaki. Flame grass ( Miscanthus sinensis 'Purpurascens') has green foliage that turns flaming orange just before frost; it lines the inside of the low wall.

The Japanese maple at the far end of a privacy wall is surprisingly drought-tolerant. During winter and spring, a Viburnum tinus to the left of the entry puts out tight clusters of pink buds that open to fragrant white blooms. Drifts of Genista lydia bear yellow flowers in late spring. Sedum spurium 'Red Carpet' surrounds the flame grass.




Two great ideas from this garden

Grassy screen Tall Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ grass screens the sitting area from the street.

“Character” plants From fluffy mounds to floppy giants: Rusty-hued Carex testacea softens the front path, while green kniphofia, plum Heuchera ‘Obsidian’, Libertia peregrinans ‘Bronze Sword’, and euphorbia surround the ‘Karl Foerster’ grass. Across the path, drifts of Picea sitchensis ‘Papoose’, variegated iris, and Phormium ‘Dusky Chief’ encircle a ginkgo tree.



*not pictured*

A range of drought-tolerant plants, including New Zealand flax (Phormium), kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos), Leucadendron, and Lomandra add interest.
Mix California natives with other water-wise plants to extend the color show.
Season extenders include kangaroo paws, Cedros Island verbena, and hummingbird bush ( Grevillea thelemanniana).




Apricot mallow ( Sphaeralcea ambigua).
Downy stems bear flowers in summer. Grows 3 to 4 feet tall. California native plant sun lover, an orange flower glow among downy gray leaves.

Wild lilac- (Ceanothus)
 Many kinds ― groundcovers to tall shrubs. All bear flowers of blue or white in spring. 'Concha' grows 6 to 7 feet tall.

Common snowberry
(Symphoricarpos albus)
Deciduous shrub that bears pink flowers followed by white berries from late summer to winter. Grows 2 to 6 feet tall.

Salvia 'Celestial Blue' growing in the foreground. Evergreen shrub with lavender-blue flowers in early summer and gray-green leaves.

(Information provided by Sunset Magazine- Sacramento climate zone: 14)
If only this were black... but it might be just perfect for you

If only I had a cabin...


That airplane could be great for a LOST series end party.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

$175 for all three seats
Amazingly priced at only $55
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/fuo/1645511039.html


I love these chairs. Unfortunately the photo will not load. $280 for the set.

Stereo console. Nice angles all around. $480

Thursday, March 11, 2010

I forget that there are places these days still don't allow people to just be who they are.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

No, I haven't gotten to work on my garden yet. I'm trying to use the weather and mud as an excuse. But I'm hoping we can get it into shape as soon as possible. What should you be doing this week in Sacramento:
Sowing summer and winter squash seeds indoors and sowing carrot and lettuce seeds outdoors.
Next week it's time to sow pumpkin seeds indoors.