Do you have a plant lover in your life? Here is a great Valentine's gift idea. Instead of the standard roses, (or heaven forbid carnations!) give your special someone a sweet, heart-shaped Hoya. Pictured here is Hoya kerii 'variegata.' You can find them as single leafed plants like this or as a trailing vine of hearts. Hoya's are similar to succelents - they require only a little water. But they tolerate low light levels, making them a great houseplant. Happy Valentine's Day!
Holly Selvig is helping those who lost their homes in the Sonoma fires as a Landscape Template Advisor.
The Sonoma – Marin Saving Water Partnership is providing free, easy-to-permit Landscape Design Templates for the Fire Rebuild. Holly is trained and experienced in how to adapt each of the eight templates to fit a site’s unique characteristics, while maintaining compliance with the local Water Efficient Landscape Ordinances and Wild Urban Interface requirements. She participated in the January Pathways to Rebuilding Landscapes Workshop held in Santa Rosa. Both of her clients at the workshop received same-day permit approval of their modified Landscape Templates.
To find out more, go to http://www.savingwaterpartnership.org or contact Holly Selvig
High on the southern slope of Red Hill, a new single-family development is taking shape. Holly Selvig provided planting and irrigation design services for these two sloping properties overlooking the Ross Valley. At point of sale later this year, they will be fully landscaped with outdoor living spaces, native and climate-adapted plants, edible gardens and a smart irrigation system tailored to the lot's topography and sun exposure.
Ever wonder about the design process of landscape architects? This exhibit shows you an insiders look at the design of the Presidio Tunnel Tops project, which will create acres of new parkland and play space in San Francisco, and will connect the Presidio to Crissy Field. To reserve your space at a special presentation with the lead landscape architect, go to www.magc.org. The exhibit runs through February 28, 2018.
I’m in the dirt fixing the irrigation system in our yard, when my preschooler asks from the deck if I’m a farmer. I reply “yes,” and she says “I think so. I think we are strawberry farmers!”
Our small strawberry patch and other edible areas of the yard have become a great pastime for our preschooler. Here are some tips for busy parents to get you and your young ones into the Farm to Table movement.
Be Smart with your Time. Plant things that overwinter here in the Bay Area. You will avoid time spent turning annual crops under, rotating beds, and planting cover crops. Try it by planting a blueberry bush (available now in your nursery with young blueberries ready to ripen), strawberry plants, artichoke plants, or a grape vine. Looking for a tree? Apples, cherry and fig trees are great choice...
Looking to take your garden up a notch? Interested in conserving water?
Add a weather station to your automatic irrigation controller! For less than $100 you can add a rain, temperature and evapotranspiration sensor that will shut off irrigation when it rains and automatically adjust watering based on the daily local temperature. No more wilting plants during a hot spell, excessive watering on cool days, or redundant watering on rainy days. There are wireless and wired versions, and some can sync to your smart phone so you can track and control your irrigation on the go.
Pictured here is the wireless Hunter Solar Sync weather station with a convenient gutter mount installation.