2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

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My Ongoing Affair With Piet Oudolf


Sometimes I declare out loud that my first Dutch love was Oudolf. And, of course, he SHOULD be everyone’s secret sharer as he plants his way into the hearts of all those who adore good design and their hometown, Planet Earth. The Dutch never cease to amaze me and I miss them very much but this man is one of their most important national treasures. Here is an article on his latest projects….Alstublieft!

Joining The Ivy League, One Way Or Another


These photographs above are of my home’s brick veneer and I am happy to watch both Hedera Ivy and Fig Ivy (which is NOT an ivy at all!)  in a foot race around the property to cover the facade.  I adore all things English, and, turning an ordinary suburban home into something ecologically interesting is appealling to me.  So, after much research online, I can happily denounce the old adage that Hedera Ivy will ruin your structure.  We are living in a major climate shifting time, and, it is appropriate to begin exploring new ways to heat and cool our homes.  And, tah dah!!  In sashays Ivy.  Check out this article from the UK, for instance.  Okay, okay…if you don’t trust that propaganda, I won’t lead you astray.  Here, here and here are the best sources to read about my favorite new Horticultural discovery.  And, even though the UK seems waaaay more interested in these findings than the US, I live in an architecturally historically relevant town and the information might be all the BUZZ here soon enough.


Leaves From The Sweet Gum Tree


If ever there were a Southern tree, this guy would be in line. And, my oh my, what a messy boy he is, too. This is the loot from just this morning! The genus classification of Sweet Gum is Liquidambar, named for the amber liquid that is resin that oozes from this valuable hardwood tree. And, even though I forget and walk barefoot past his territory in my back yard and shout “ouch!” from the seedpod and watch every Thanksgiving to Christmas as his leaves cover my garden, I still love him.