Posts Tagged ‘garden’
Because life and art co-mingle like besties:D
We moved out to Ojai in January (in case you are not a regular follower of this blog) into a real “fixer upper”, both the property and the house had barely been touched for some forty years. So, we knew we had a challenge on our hands and because the house hunt and then the moving in process and then the fixing up process usurped so much of my time I have only recently been able to start making art again and that has been like “going home”:D
Now I’d like to share the story of our back yard.
The terrain was very rugged with mounds of dirt from all the gopher tunnels, there must have been 40 gophers until the hub aka Jerry gopher hunter spent weeks eliminating them. As cute as they are we still could not have them because they destroy all manner of growing things and we have a vision for a yard that is full and thriving.
The ragged terrain also had many weeds and under the surface besides gophers we had wasps, and jerusalem crickets aka “Ninos de Tierra” ( Children of the earth) which give me the heebie jeebies and nightmares. CrEePy!!
Before we dealt with the ground we had diseased trees removed and all the other trees pruned, as they were completely over grown because they had not been touched in so many years. Then we had the ground tilled and graded to even out the surface and create an area for water run off.
The dirt was misery making, as it was very light and with the slightest breeze dust would rise and there would be dust layers on every single thing including the inside of the house where windows were open. The dirt would stick to the soles of our shoes and we would carry it indoors and so I was constantly, all day long laundering throw carpets and towels.
During a particularly stormy day the fence on one side of the property fell down!
So, we had to put up a new one or contend with the neighbor’s dog Thor coming over and doing his biz HA, anyway, it really freshened up that side of the property
We had a sprinkler system installed and several stations for hoses with twice the amount of water pressure, now we can keep everything green!
We chose flagstone where the brick path use to be. We both love the colors in the flagstone.
section with spread out pieces of flagstone.
Section on opposite side of the house leading to a shed.
the back yard now, pretty yes?
During the past 7 months, our blind pug has had a hellacious time adapting to the dirt as the area for him to do his biz. So, he would not go until he absolutely could not hold it, during the middle of the night inside the house. He is accustomed to doing his biz on grass. It has been miserable for the both of us, all of us!
We have plans for jelly bean pebble border with maybe rosemary and Mexican sage.
The hub built two fantastic raised beds
(we clearly need to replace the back fence). With the left over sod we created a special pug patch for both the pugs to do their biz.
And so a garden is in the near future, better green living, and a potting shed and composting bin. I also see more fruit trees, rose bushes and lots of flowers. It will take time, but I will enjoy the journey.
Hope you liked the story about our backyard and how meaningful a little grass can be haha..
A little over a week ago, the hub and I went house hunting (as we have been doing for many months now) and just as soon as we were going to make a decision about a property that we liked a house popped up that is really just the cutest property I have seen during the entire duration of looking (since about March of this year).
I like the layout of the property, the size of the lot, the color of the house and the little art studio in front with a carport attached.
Long porch in the very front.
I love every loved inch of this property. The garden is so inspiring. And, that is only the outside! the inside has a special charm too, very artsy, vintage, shabby chic. Unique and very special.
Peggy McKeever: if you are reading, I’m saving the fruit for you!
The weather has been perfect (well a little too hot) so I have been spending a lot of time planting and gardening and doing yard work. I love the physical activity of it and the cropping, grooming and shaping of plants and trees, it can be artistic or at the least it requires a good eye. The temps have been in the low eighties so by noon I break, but I have been going back out as the evening approaches, its been drawing me more than painting which is not usually the case. The local nursery, one of my all time fav destinations, always has the most beautiful collage pots (dang I should have taken some pics) and I marvel at how there never seems to be any down time with the natural growth of the combined plants, I mean, mine go through phases of, first planting where there is space between plants and then removal of plants that did not take the transplant, then dead heading etc. any way, mine have down time when the pot dosn’t look so great, I guess I need to keep honing my gardening skills. Gardening just lifts my spirit and gives me a sense of satisfaction.
I love pin wheels, and I found some adorable small ones at the dollar store and they add pretty bits of color to the collage pots.
The bird bath has been attracting the sweetest little yellow and orange finches, I adore them, I’m thinking about getting a bird house and a feeder…
Saw, “The Social Network”, I thought it was very good, interesting. I’d recommend it!
On Thurs after taking all of my stuff down from the walls at Ten Women with no remorse just an odd sense of that chapter being over we made our way over to the folk tree to drop off some ornies
for the annual Day of The Dead Show and then made our way to The Huntington
where I nearly passed out from heat exhaustion! 97 degrees is too hot to be in the unshaded sun (duh) but the cactus garden was wonderful, looked like some kind of outer space, sci fi terrain, what were we thinking? Crrrazy.
Inspired by this color!
The hydrangeas are in bloom!!