Modern Farmhouse

Modern Farmhouse

Here is a throwback to one of my favorite projects. I absolutely adore this restored historic farmhouse, and it was fun working on the design in front, and putting in the pool with the lawn flanking the Ipe deck. Check out the Canary date palms and stucco planters. See more pictures of this beautiful house, including the interior, over at Birdman Inc location scouting

Adding Iris immortality Everblooming Iris

Yesterday we added 100 Iris immortality to a landscape I did a few years ago. The plant color scheme is acid green maroon and white. The guys made gopher baskets because we have a gopher problem on the site.







Work in Progress

This was one of my stops today in Marin. We had a plant delivery here.


We’ll be putting ecolawn between these pavers.

Working on the stucco walls in the back

The guys were finishing off the pool today

Colors for Outside Architecture


This is a job I’m working on in Marin, a “$3 million fixer-upper” This is a picture of the tile, the pool coping, the pool tile and the checked-off Davis color. This will be the color of the cement. If you go lighter you have to use white cement as your base and the price more than doubles. It is also nice to have some contrast and it will be easier to keep clean because it’s darker.

Amazing fountain at the SF Garden Show

We were wowed by this fountain












Sneak Preview of the SF Garden Show


There are some really terrific show gardens at this year’s San Francisco Garden Show. A tremendous amount of work went into them. There were a few that really stood out. The judges were looking for a garden that was well-designed and well built. looked for gardens with interesting plants that fit their environment. More than that, they were looking for a garden that had wow factor and a soul. Here are some pictures of some of the gardens and some details.












Thinking of summer

I had this saved in my remodalista file.
I love the white simplistic design, it gets me in the mood for summer.

The time to plant in Northern California is now

If you don’t already know, the best time to plant in Northern California is during the fall – not during the spring. It’s best to get the plants in the ground just before the winter rains start so that they can root in and get the water they need. The plants can then focus on the roots and not on trying to leaf out or flower. Our winters are mild in Northern California – the ground isn’t frozen. If you put your little babies into the ground during spring, they can fry. Before you know the hot sun is beating down and the plant is trying to leaf out and flower and the roots are not established – so the plant’s growth is stunted.

I was reminded of this when I received my newsletter from the San Francisco Botanical Garden: As curator Don Mahoney says:

Autumn is planting season, especially for California native plants. In our Mediterranean climate almost 100% of our rain falls between October and May, which means our native species are adapted to grow in the wintertime. By planting in the fall, Mediterranean climate plants are able to become well established before the spring rains end and often can get by with no supplemental water the following summer. This is particularly important for shrubs and trees, like most manzanitas, Ceanothus, and Fremontodendron that tend to develop root problems from summer watering. More of these plants are lost to overwatering than to underwatering if they are established in a garden.

Also, check out the San Francisco Botanical Gardens’ website for beautiful prints and, especially, upcoming workshops. I want to go if I can can fit it in, although I’m quite busy planting these days because it’s fall.

Kids in the sandbox in the show garden

Well, the San Francisco Garden Show is over. We are breaking down my show garden today. It’s a wrap. Here are someĀ  pictures of kids playing in the sandbox in my garden. There were a lot of kids at the show and many activities for them.

One little girl came running up and asked, “what was the number for the sandbox?” because she wanted to vote for it.

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