Magic mountain: strong lines and bold arches transform a California hillside
‘FIVE ACRES +/-. Old home,” was all the sign said. It was a cold, wet November evening on Sonoma Mountain, about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco, and it was growing dark. But my wife and I were tempted, and turned in for a look. The house and land were both old and derelict. Along with our disappointment at the state of the property, however, came the realization that we were never going to find paradise ready-made. The extent to which we would make our dream a reality would depend on our ability to transform what we were given. But was this the raw material?
Having decided that this was the place where we would live and stay, the process of transformation began. I immediately started drawing the lines and laying out the spaces. The orchard would be an essential element. We had room for a meadow and, of course, there was to be a real garden–not one of the “landscaped yards” I saw all around me, but a creation to involve, indulge, and reward us for the next 30 years. It would be a compilation of stored images–fragments of old gardens, memories of summer days at friends’ homes. But the garden grew from subliminal promptings as well as conscious memories. There was no Master Plan.
Gardeners who tuck their borders up for winter soon after Labor Day are missing out on what can be one of the garden’s shining seasons. When carefully planted and mindfully groomed, well-planned borders in most parts of the country remain attractive well into winter. The bulk of summer perennials lose their luster, of course, but a stout-hearted handful carry on long after summer fades. Supported by shrubs whose foliage gains depth and brilliance as fall unfolds, these late bloomers add floral sparks to the flash and flare of autumn.
Such seasonal longevity is not a luxury available only to the well acred: the smallest garden, thoughtfully arranged, may yield a dazzling fall display. Backed by foliage plants with multiple seasons of beauty (staples in any good border), even modest quantities of late perennials have considerable impact. Compatible groups of two or three sorts can be sandwiched between spring and summer performers. As they rise, they mask any unsightly disintegration behind them. Given foreground companions that remain tidy after flowering (such as catmints, lavenders, and similar edging herbs, or numerous small grasses), late bloomers end the garden year with a grand finale untarnished by autumnal tastiness.
It is worth stating the log splitters are the machinery used to split hardwood, firewood and softwood pre-cut log. Moreover, the best log splitter is powerful, however compact. Usually, the log splitters are rated by force ton which they produced. The more the force rating, the larger the thickness/length of log rounds it is able to split.
Moreover, log splitters for the home use have an estimated rating of ten tons, while specialized log splitters model normal at twenty-five tons power. However, the best log splitters can save energy and time; not all the risks involved in splitting logs are reduced.
For the safety viewpoint, various hydraulic splitters have double handed maneuvers that require the use of both hands while operating the machine, thus there is a minor chance of getting one’s hand in a way of blade.
Revolutionary roots: a founding father’s garden flourishes in downtown Annapolis
Nestled in the quaint and crowded streets of Annapolis, in the shadow of the United States Naval Academy and the Maryland statehouse, stands a garden that captures an era within its sturdy brick wall. Built before the Revolutionary War by William Paca, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, the original garden was lost when the grounds were buried beneath a hotel complex in the early 1900s. Then, 30 years ago, the gardens were unearthed, and the long process of restoration began. Today the house and garden are open to the public and offer a striking example of an 18th-century property. Walking through the Paca Garden is to experience a remarkable urban landscape full of interesting ironies and more than a little history.
The Paca Garden offers much more than history to today’s gardeners. Given the garden’s small scale – it covers only two acres -visitors can apply techniques used here to their own backyards. As Director of Collections and Public Programs Lucy Coggin puts it, This tightly designed, little urban garden relates more to most people’s home landscape than larger public gardens.” The Paca Garden features wonderful examples of intensively planted vegetables and fruit, seasonal displays that blend native with introduced species, formal parterres, and informal beds with undulating curves and stepped-up plantings that speak to today’s naturalized style of landscaping. The current enthusiasm for native American wildflowers is well reflected here, where the same trend was in vogue 230 years ago, though at that time these species were new to the gardening world.