loll rockers & chaises

A long row of chairs, Adirondacks, rockers or chaises aloft an expansive lake view is a good setting for relaxing with friends.  The long row of loll adirondack chaises ($1259) on a Chicago Rooftop is an informal venue that facilitates relaxation, being outdoors and socializing.   The idea of being somewhat isolated, with somewhere to gaze in good company is very appealing to me as is the idea of inserting modern design in rustic surroundings.

Photographs Courtesy of Loll Designs

Perfect Planter to Fill a Corner

This planter is so big it almost has a raised bed vibe.  It really appeals to me.

Once again something cool from Loll Designs.  I think this planter could potentially be a do-it-yourself project less the recycled plastic materials unless Loll starts selling building blocks; that would be cool!


Upcycled Industrial Planters

I saw this planter at Almquist Lumber Company in Arcata, California.  They always have handsome and unique landscape and home fixtures and furnishings with either a rustic or upcycled edge.

These are old cones from a piece of construction equipment.  I think with a fine screen welded to the base, they would make excellent large scale planters, especially striking if mounted to an equally large scale post with plants spilling out.  These I found in Fortuna.


McKinleyville, California--Mid-Town Trail

The Mid Town Trail in McKinleyville is a narrow, virtually unseen corridor between two fences that extends from Parkside Drive to Railroad Drive. 

I recently noticed a father and son using the trail, which lent the young child in the company of his father a safe place to ride his bike.  A friend and her son take this trail from their nearby home on their way Ramone's on some mornings.  Occasionally, uninspired graffiti is freshly scribed over night only to be painted over soon thereafter, one maintenance job the trail requires due to its canvas like edges.  The trail is somewhat stark.  It's lack of openness has caused me to avoid it when I jog alone.

The trail system concept is a good one and one that community members want.  McKinleyville's trail system is a component system largely paid for by the builders who develop residential properties and later by the people who buy the neighboring homes.  The entire trail system including the Mid Town Trail though not a complete loop at present is a McKinleyville treasure.  The trail system as it exists adds value to the community both in terms of property value and quality of life value. 

In cases where the residential population density is greater, setting back fencing or excluding fencing to allow for a more substantial green space segment along the trail with seating and a public square like atmosphere may enhance the Mid Town Trail in the future, creating destinations along the trail.  Treating some of the open space as more of a quaint, elongated, public square in addition to being a pedestrian link to McKinleyville's trail system would allow the trail system to function for more than one purpose, cause it to be used more regularly, and make the trail system safer and more welcoming. 

With respect issue of visibility on the current stretch of the Mid Town Trail, simply broadening the path entrance and enhancing the landscaping simply about the entrance will noticeably open and enliven the space. 

We live in such a lush environment, appropriate plantings are something we can use to inexpensively enhance our landscape architecture.  I envision entrances to these paths quickly enhanced with a broad arbor and a couple of vines.  Furthermore, if the green space were more substantial and perfected, people would be less inclined to fence it out of their view or at least to have gates that happily access the space.  For any size of planting bed, there are plenty of plantings that if selected for appropriate mature size and adaptability to existing climate and culture will take much neglect and bestow much beauty on the space.  Please refer to the Blake Garden or the Humboldt Botanical Garden for examples of plantings requiring minimal care. 

Perhaps as the trail exists now, the local McKinleyville Community Garden Project could turn this trail into a manageable botanical garden encouraging neighbors to take ownership of it elevating the existing space to something beautiful and coveted, something to be visited and enjoyed.

McKinleyville, California--Pierson Park Community Garden

Watch Pierson Park Community Garden Grow!

Garden Entrance
With generously donated materials and a core group of dedicated gardeners and husbands of and friends of gardeners, this community garden was quickly erected and is already much beloved.

Upcycled Pallet & Salvaged 12" Wood Post Potting Bench

Community Garden Bed in Need of a Little TLC

3' x 10' Raised Beds in Allotment Garden

Beds are available for annual lease from MCSD

Kensington, California--Blake Garden

Blake Garden's highlights include specimen plantings, bold en masse plantings, Asian sculpture, forested paths and a rustic yet elegant landscape architecture.  It further exhibits the diverse plant palette available to Pacific Northwest gardeners.  It is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished using simple materials, construction techniques, garden designs and plants.  Blake Garden is a charming and timeless meditative garden.  Trail Map

70 Rincon Road
Kensington, California  94707

Flaxleaf Paperbark Melaleuca linarifolia

Mexican Orange Choisya ternata

Lily-of-the-Nile Agapanthus 'Rancho White'

Maiden's Wreath Francoa ramosa

Lemonade Berry Rhus integrifolia

Madrone Arbutus menziesii

Re-Entry at the Cliffside Edge of the Garden

Approach to a View of the Bay

Spanish Bayonet Yucca aloifolia
with Red Heart Agave ground cover (Speculating on Both IDs)

Pineapple Flower Eucomis comosa

Japanese Sculpture in Background
White Flowering Japanese Anemone Anemone x hybrida in Foreground