May 15th, 2012

Surprises

As we mentioned earlier, we have been filling space with meadowfoam because it is green during the fall and reseeds itself nicely. I had ordered a large packet of seeds for white meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba), and tried sprouting them various ways with some success just throwing seed onto one of our ecoroofs. Of those I tried to start indoors only a few sprouted, and those that did looked quite different from those that were growing on our ecoroof. Read the rest of this entry »

April 26th, 2012

Camassia quamash

One of the nice spring surprises this last week has been that our camas has decided to bloom. Read the rest of this entry »

April 23rd, 2012

Evenings on the Roof

With the onset of spring, and our recent beautiful weather, we have been able to enjoy one of our favorite aspects of the house: Dinners on our ecoroof. We have a small area of pavers sitting amongst ferns, strawberries and camas with a little round table and a lovely view of the neighborhood, downtown, and the sunset. Just about the best way possible to enjoy a warm spring evening.

February 12th, 2012

Signs of Spring

Just as before, it seems that our ecoroofs seem to know when the season is about to change before anything else does. Over the last week or so, camas has been popping up all over the place on both of our roofs that have some. Read the rest of this entry »

December 6th, 2011

Energy From the Sun

This time of year our upper ecoroof starts looking a little scrappy. It gets a lot of sun and is generally too hot and dry for anything growing up there to be very happy. So recently after talking with some of our neighbors who have been enjoying the benefits of their solar panels, we’ve begun to look into the possibility of installing a small array on our upper roof. Read the rest of this entry »

September 23rd, 2011

First signs of Fall

Aside from the lower sun and rain in the forecast, there hasn’t been a whole lot of change to indicate that fall is setting in… But there is something in the air, and our ecoroofs seem to know it before everything else. Read the rest of this entry »

July 18th, 2011

Summer?

Despite the cool rainy weather, our ecoroofs are telling us that summer may in fact be here. Read the rest of this entry »

April 24th, 2011

Spring Photos

Spring is beginning to finally set in after a very cold and we March and April. Read the rest of this entry »

March 27th, 2011

Ecoroofs

I’ve been meaning for the last month to get some posts up for Ecoroof month, and it just hasn’t happened… So now that the events are over, and a bike tour has been through our house, I have an update. Recently we did a little maintenance work on our entry ecoroof with a few additional plantings. Read the rest of this entry »

January 23rd, 2011

Work Updates

In the last few days, despit being mired in cold and soggy January, there have been some nice little signs that spring is on the way… Flowers are starting to come up and green buds are starting to develop on our hazelnuts. Read the rest of this entry »

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