Monthly Archives: March 2008

#18–Stoned Again

A trip to Wicki Stone in Great Meadows today yielded the tumbled flat bluestone for the dry garden as well as stone for another project we’re working on. That way we were mixing business with pleasure… Frank (shown for scale) … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, patio stone, stone work Leave a comment

#17–Slow Progress with 1 month to go

Projects like showhouses can be of great benefit to everyone involved, but they demand a financial commitment of either hard cash or time. We were supposed to work today getting the vertical stones in place, but paying work has stalled … Read more

LABELS: Designer Showhouses, Outdoor Furniture and Accessories 1 Comment

#16–Greenhouse crawl

Early this morning I went to one of the local production greenhouses to see what he’s got growing for spring. This particular place is $1.00 cheaper per gallon pot than anyone else. He’s got some specialties–rosemary, sempervivums and sedums in … Read more

LABELS: greenhouses, hens and chicks, plants 5 Comments

#15–Creative Angst

I know myself well enough at this point to understand that part way through any project is the most difficult time for me creatively. I begin to question my original decisions and look my work with a harsh critical eye. … Read more

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#14–Rock Star

The arch was finished today in anticipation of the ‘in progress’ press junket at the show house tomorrow. Many people were working today trying to get something done for the press to cover. We’ve been kind of on our own … Read more

LABELS: dry stone walling, earthworks, Landscape Design, Mansion in May, rock work 2 Comments

#13– Rock On

Dan Lupino started building the boulder arch today with Frank Scheppe’s crew. It’s a big statement and we wanted it done before the first press junket on Friday. Here’s some photos…more as things progress. Dan setting the first support stone–this … Read more

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#12– Shout Out

This is a shout out to my friend and mentor, Michelle, whose blog descriptions of getting her show garden ready for the SF Flower show inspired this one. The show opens tommorrow, check out her blog Garden Porn Michelle has … Read more

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#11 Sites & soil

This morning, on another project, they started digging for a pool. Before development 30-40 years ago the area was a known for its rose growing industry so when the excavator dug his first hole we found a layer of ash … Read more

LABELS: Landscape Design, recycling, rock work, sustainable landscapes Leave a comment


Okay, I was in a hurry, talking on the phone and obviously not paying close attention when I went to the hardware store on Saturday to buy the marking paint. The law states the area must be marked in white … Read more

LABELS: stupidity 1 Comment


The day started out grey and by mid morning became one of the worst rainstorms I’ve seen in a while. Pouring, pouring, pouring. Dan Lupino and I had an appointment to tag stone for the arch and figure out just … Read more

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#8–Start Up

The weather has been iffy so hopefully, if all goes according to plan, I’ll meet the crew and the excavator at the mansion today. The main goals will be to tag boulders for specific use, identify inhabited burrows and move … Read more

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#7–Ready, Set, Go…Rain

We were ready to deliver the excavator earlier this week and get rocking (pun intended) and the rains came. All of us were scrambling to get other (read paying) work done outside so that the forced time inside could be … Read more

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#6–Detour–The Girl Who Can’t Say NO!

One thing about volunteer projects for a cause…your skill set quickly is evaluated and put to additional good use. Last Thursday an estate gardener who sometimes plants for me called to say he’d been asked to plant the entry to … Read more

LABELS: APLD, Japanese lantern, Landscape Design, volunteerism Leave a comment