Note how the two stones below differ. The one in the foreground is rich with lichen, and producing nutrients for life at its base. The one above it, in the upper left […]
Fishing for Water in the Okanagan
Literally. It’s done with fishing line in wet winter air. We can send rovers to Mars to find water and life, and we can figure out how to harvest water from a […]
Is it Time to Mow the Lawn?
This is How Far We Have to Go
Here’s a native black hawthorn. Quite a lovely tree. And here’s the decorative replacement in the subdivision up the hill. Yeah, all of its 2 dozen sisters, and all of its branches […]
Landscaping Your New Home by Hand in the Okanagan
You’ve moved to the Okanagan, and look, your dream home! There’s some gravel and clay to deal with, but don’t you worry about that. If you were here a week ago, you […]
Okanagan Architectural Bloopers, Part 4: Plastic, Imitation and Gravity
Basalt rock breaks into angular shapes, of differing dimensions, according to how it cooled, This is pretty standard for the North Okanagan: These rocks roll naturally down slope and collect in hollows […]
Okanagan Architectural Bloopers 4: The Thing About Gravity
Gravity is a weak force, but it’s awfully persistent. It gives us hills, with bits that are up and bits that were up and are now down. So, that’s nice. Oh, one […]
Only the Flowers, Please and Thank You
Not the lawn (yes, that’s a lawn, Vernon style). Yuck. But morning glory flowers! Ah. Give us the weeds! So delicious.
The Beauty of Okanagan Nature
Nature is hard to create. You will need a tractor and a mower, and you will need to get stuck in the swamp every few feet and struggle out, but in the […]
Okanagan Landscaping Tip
Don’t plant cedars. No, really. Don’t. This is what they do. This is because it’s a dry grassland. Cedars like rainforests. Irrigation and landscaping can’t change that.