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.

April 3rd, 2012

Spring Planting

We have recently started up with the Portland Audobon’s Backyard Habitat Certification Program and picked up plants from one of their seasonal sales this last weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

February 15th, 2012

Meadowfoam Love

Over the last year we have become pretty enamored with a particular group of plants -Meadowfoam… Due in large part to one great reason, they are an off season plant. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

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 »

June 10th, 2011

Competition

This time last year, there were portions of our yard that were either completely barren or choked with weeds, and as we get everything into shape we are developing strategies for keeping everything from getting out of control. Read the rest of this entry »

May 25th, 2011

The other side of the sidewalk

Now that our yard is beginning to take shape, this summer and fall is our time to tackle our park strips in earnest. Read the rest of this entry »

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