Saturday, September 27, 2008

Katsura Colour

Our back yard is getting a makeover this week! We found a wonderful woman named Laurie who's helping us design and implement our new landscaping. Part of the plan is to move two of the Katsura trees from our front yard to the back. Katsuras are especially beautiful in autumn - here's our third Katsura tree which will be staying put in the front to punctuate the edge of our property.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Road Trip!

Dan and I just got back from a 5-day road trip from Oakland, up through Napa Valley to the California coast and the Redwood forests, then up the Oregon coast and back home. It was a great break from work and the stresses of daily life. Some of our favorite places, and recommendations if you're ever in the Napa Valley area, dear reader, are: Alexis Baking Company for breakfast in Napa, the Heitz Cellars wine tasting, Woodhouse Chocolates in St. Helena, and the cottages at the Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga (it has its own natural geyser that heats a gigantic swimming pool as well as provides steam for a natural steam room). We also enjoyed taking Highway 128 from the Napa Valley to the coast - very scenic. Finally, we happened upon "One Love's Eclectic Cuisine" in Brookings, Oregon, where we had a most fantastic lunch cooked up by a hippie family. Of course if you're ever in Yachats, Oregon, you must visit the Green Salmon coffee shop, written up by the N.Y. Times as one of the best coffee shops on the west coast!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Astonishing Ash

We have admired our neighbour's beautiful and mature tree ever since we moved into our new home. It seems like the bright red berries have been around that long too, adding nice colour to our back yard view. The other day I found out what this lovely tree is - an Ash. Our garden is probably too small for one of these beauties, but at least we can admire our neighbour's.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Crikey Crocosmia

We have plants on our minds because in the next couple of weeks the landscapers are coming to decorate our back yard with something more interesting than just lawn. One plant that grows very well in the Northwest, but hails all the way from South Africa, is Crocosmia. Here's a bunch of it in full bloom at Lowe's.