Sunday, April 27, 2014

Another weekend of digging.... they go too fast.

I was almost done I think but when I was so tired I accidentally dumped the wheelbarrow on it's side twice and half of the shovels of dirt didn't even land in it I decided I was done. I have so little dirt left too move though.

Here's my plan more or less done in which is more for edible gardens but still worked.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

My Plan for My Mom's Yard... It all started with Hugulkultur

This is the collage of proposed plan.
Azaleas, Hostas, Aureolo Hakone Grass, Incrediball Hydrangea, Weeping Norway Spruce and Ferns along with a Rock Edging.

I thought I already posted the state it was in after we moved a bunch of dirt from the pool dig over to regraded and make perimeter beds but maybe not.

It started after I saw a show on Hugulkultur. They talked about re-creating the same environment that happens on the woodland forest to make a wonderful loamy soil. That made me think of my mom's yard which has  two big oak trees with tons of fallen sticks, leaves and such. What better way to make raised perimeter beds! So you can later cardboard, junk mail, garbage (same stuff that goes in compost, but the most important part is the wood. The deader the better.
So I put down cardboard first along back fence. Then covered with sticks and twigs. 
I collected wood all over the yard and they had these great piles of wood and sticks that were already partly decomposed.

More sticks over the leaves again.

More sticks and leaves and branches.
Then the dirt came over from pool excavation.
First pile...
A lot of dirt.
I regraded along the house to 4 feet or more away.
Built up box that protects crawlspace another 4 inches.

Hacked down the bulk of the lilac bushes and stray weed trees.

Old dog kennel is great place for leaf compost.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Landscape Quilts and Painting Trees

After painting this tree and being pleasantly surprised with how well it turned out. Or at least I really like it. I'm not saying it's Art Institute material. I thought I'd look through pictures for more trees. 
The inspiration for this painting was a photograph taken by Heather Lockwood below that I when I printed it on a printer that was running low on blue ink came out much more yellow.

Well apparently, I have a tree fetish  because I sure take a lot of pictures of trees. This is just a sample.

I think this one came from somewhere on the web. I didn't take this one.

 Working on the one below right now. 

This one also came from web.
And so did next one.

This one below is from an art exhibit.

Probably from the web.

But I really think after the one I'm currently working on I have to try this one next!!!!

Here's some from last time I walked around Muir Woods.

My first photo I shot looking up at a tree after seeing Heather's.

I need to figure out how to rotate here.

One more Muir Woods.

Front of our house.

Wow this one would be awesome (from web).