• Garden art

    Tim and Barbara’s carefree artist garden

    by  • July 30, 2012 • Garden art, landscaping

    A nearly native drought tolerant garden Tim and Barbara Fruehe came into the True Value Garden Center with a list of needed plants that we could really work with!  Their ambitious whole house-whole yard renovation was winding down and they were at the point where the outdoor hardscape was done and the soil was...

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    The old goat shed

    by  • February 9, 2012 • Garden art, Projects

    In 2000, we found and bought 7 acres on the side of a hill in a small town south of Yosemite. In late 2005, we moved into our modest, newly built house, something we never  dreamed we’d do. Walking the place for the first time, when we wondered if the old cedar shack came with the...

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    The ordinary and the amazing birdbath

    by  • September 29, 2011 • Garden art, Wildlife

    Birdbath love ♥ As the garden flower color takes a back seat here in the Foothills, the wildlife have become the stars.  It’s been a regular Birdie-palooza here and I’ve moved the birdbath to a spot on the patio within view of the largest windows, with winter views in mind. When we can’t garden,...

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    Leaf casting the Indian Rhubarb

    by  • September 12, 2011 • Garden art, Projects


    How to do a leaf-casting! A serendipitous discovery of a large leaf in a mountain stream, led me to try molding it with a concrete mix.  It was loads of fun creating a lovely molded leaf to save as a garden art piece How I happened upon the leaf Recently I happened to go...

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    How to make Hypertufa Troughs

    by  • August 6, 2011 • Garden, Garden art, How to, Projects, Something different

    Finished but still drying

    What are hypertufa troughs? Hypertufa (pronounced hyper-toofa) is a mixture of peat moss, perlite, cement and water. Old stone watering troughs in England could be found in farmer’s fields, sometimes built into stone walls to provide water for two fields of livestock. These troughs are usually one-of-a-kind, and very rare and desirable to alpine gardeners and plant...

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    Seeing beauty in numbers

    by  • June 6, 2011 • Design, Garden art

    ‘We are guided by nature in composition’ Bartók Down from the top where he goes to get the paper, my husband brought me a thistle flower. Very pretty, I love it! …I’m afraid it’s a bull thistle, not the lovely California native Cobweb thistle, Cirsium occidentale, written up by Town Mouse, here. The thistle...

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