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9-Year Accent Plant Time-lapse

9-Year Accent Plant Time-lapse

May 20, 2022

Accent plants change, sometimes dramatically, over time. And, sometimes, we have nothing to do with it.  Long ago I planted a marsh plant, Juncus, in a pot. Over 9 years three other plants blew in from seeds and spores, and took over—Violet, Speedwell, and Lady Fern. Now no Juncus remains. The mounding seen in this video […]

Life in a Teacup: A Tiny Home Memoir

Life in a Teacup: A Tiny Home Memoir

May 13, 2022

Do you recall the first place that felt like home, once you left your parents? For me it was a Lilliputian cabin in my mid-20’s, after several uninspiring apartments. I lived in that stucco cabin for a year. Smaller than most bedrooms at 7’ x 14’—all of 98 sq. feet—the ceiling was so low that tall visitors […]

Cantilevered, Ancient Vine Maple on a Board—

Cantilevered, Ancient Vine Maple on a Board—

May 6, 2022

Here’s a project long in the dreaming—a Vine Maple on a metal / slab support. I’ve enjoyed cantilevered forms for their suggestion of precariousness. Which nature has in abundance. The tree was collected from the Oregon Cascades in 2020. It’s an old thing, with a rotted base that’s seen many trunks die back and new […]