I was doing a little garden walk this past week when I noticed something new poking thru the bottom of the fence. It was tall and had blue flowers at the top of the flower stalk. Could it be? Might it be? Sure enough....have a look at the photo below and let's talk about what this flower is via our neighbor's garden: That's a little naturalized Virginia Bluebell that has crept over (under) the fenceline. I wrote about these Spring Ephemerals back in September here and included them in my 2022 plant wish list. And, #2 on my 2022 to-do list was to plant perennials that work across four-seasons where I mentioned the idea of a Spring Ephemeral like Virginia Bluebells . This feels like a gift, right? A little colony of Mertensia virginica that exists next door has drifted over the past few years, but I've always removed it. Why? Because I didn't 'get to know' this plant until last year. So, this year? I'm encouraging it to stay here and maybe e
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Last month - right at the end of October - I posted a couple of photos and talked about how I had sourced some Ash firewood from one of my neighbors . They had a crew there to take down a dead Ash tree and I was able to get some of the wood dropped near by so I could get to it. I left it just laying there for a couple of weeks, but recently, I decided to tidy the place up and get it stacked to it can begin to season and put it in a spot where I can start to process it. I ended up laying down a couple of 16' 2x4's and rolled the large rounds on top. Everything (well...almost everything) needs to be cut down to size, so I'll need a chainsaw. Then, from there, I'll need to split the rounds. This is one tree, but here's how it is looking all stacked up with some longer limbs that I've sourced from around the yard laying on top. I have one rack in the back of our lot that is 3/4 of the way full, but I also have the lumber to make a companion rack that I'
A week or so ago, it was warm enough to have our windows opened. And as is the way these days, I was working from home in my office. We have construction going on next door to us, so it isn't that weird to have heavy equipment running and noises coming from various forms of trades and construction. But, what I *thought* heard wasn't construction equipment, but what sounded like chainsaws. My firewood hoarding antenna shot up. And I went out to see what was doing. Sure enough, there was a crew of guys taking a couple of trees down in the yard behind us (and one to the south). I walked over there and asked them what they were doing with the wood. And what kind it was. They said it was a mix of Ash and Pine. They said that I could have the Ash. So, over the next twenty minutes or so, the guys proceeded to bring the rounds and drop them over our fence into the far part of our backyard. You can see what I received in the photo above. This tree is really chewed throug
Yesterday, I posted a couple of photos (and a video) of the Great Horned Owl (or Owls) that have taken up residence in our neighborhood and talked about some of the natural features of Randall Park - including the large Barth Pond at one end and (what I think is known as) St. Joseph's Creek running from north-to-south along the boundary. Nat and I really love our neighbors and like our neighborhood. The lots are large(r), the trees are mature and I can walk to two different train stations. Did we talk about the pond ? Pretty great , right? Welp, there are (at least) two other activities that take place in Randall Park that are community/neighbor-driven that make the place a special place to live. The first is the annual block party Soap Box Derby that I've covered here on the blog. Here's the Randall Park 2018 Soap Box Derby post and the 2017 Randall Park Soap Box Derby Post . That's a handful of families who transform their annual block party into a HU
I've posted about this area of our landscape before - here - and discussed a potential solution to the sightlines that exist between my house and our neighbor to the north. I'm posting this photo here because I'd like to reference it after we *solve* this area. I'm actually not sure what the real solve is here - besides the creation of a brick paver walk down the middle. That's just part of the solution, but doesn't solve any of the sightlights or help give this area a real sense of place. It currently has just some grass and a few transplanted ferns tucked into the foundation bed. That's it. The stones you see under the gate are there to keep Lizzie from sneaking out. You can go back and check out the post I made about Sky Pencil Holly that I could plant and use to screen to the north, but this post is here to help stimulate my thinking over the Fall on what to do in terms of screening. You'll note that in that post, I shared the landsca
On a recent Saturday, we took the three kids down a couple of blocks to Fairmount Avenue to the annual neighborhood Block Party and Soapbox Derby. 1 This is the second year in a row that we've participated and you can see a video and my post from the 2017 edition here on the blog . As I wrote last year, this is a really fun family event. The families that put this on go out of their way to make their block party a really special experience and they draw in families from not just their block, but from people like us - who live a few blocks away. Once again, they had a DJ tent set up, a really well-put-together starting gate/ramp, a big food spread including hot dogs, a frosty keg and lemonade/water setups for all the kids (and shandy setup by combining the keg and lemonade setups for me!), a snow cone station, a number of sawhorses set up by the garage to tune up your car and every tool and wrench and impact driver you could ever need. Oh, and they invited Guac and Ta
Tis' the season for the arrival of these beautiful anemone flowers down the block from our house. Just about one year to the day, I shared a similar photo of these blooms that are in the front yard of a house a few doors down. Those of you who have been with me for a while will know that we had an anemone perennial at our old house in Elmhurst . And it came about because of a re-do of Nat's wedding bouquet . Earlier this Summer, I shared a photo of the 'teardown haul' that I pulled out of Nat's Sister's yard before they started construction . In that pile of stuff was a perennial that shared some of the characteristics of the anemone plants - with leaves the same shape. I stuck that plant in the back of our yard and tended to it just a little bit. After some shock, it appears to have rebounded. And is growing foliage, but no blooms. I suppose we won't know until next year if we do, indeed, have anemones or if I rescued some weed that I unknowi