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 A month ago if you’d asked me what a heritage rose was, I’d have had to guess.

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We’ve been in the process of converting our front yard from thirsty grass to drought resistant plants. Our tiny patch in front is separated into three parcels by sidewalk and driveway, and here’s part of the section we’ve tackled so far. The reddish blossoms at top are called kangaroo paws.

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And it ain’t just bloomin’ outside. The orchids are happy this time of year, too.

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We have a rosebush in our sideyard that just won’t quit.

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The nasturtiums are going nuts in our raised bed. We ought to pick the flowers more often to spice up our salads. At far right is our margarite (in shadow) and a very happy rosebush in the upper right corner.  We finally got the tomato plants in cages, and they’re pretty happy, so far. (The copper coil at lower left is for cooling beer when I brew.)

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Mixed in with the roses of my prior post is our blackberry bramble.

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Our yard is blooming. I spent a bit of time with the camera last weekend, and will crop and post some of the results when I can. As an early taste, here are a couple blossoms from one of our rosebushes.

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I’ve meant for the longest time to prune this little tree. When I’m out for my morning dogwalk I think, “I’ve got to bring those clippers.” But when I’m home I forgot to set them aside.

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 I seem to have developed a thing for trying to save scrawny trees. When I had such a notion last spring, near where I work at SF’s Civic Center, it met an ignoble end

 Sometime earlier this summer there was a fire in the old campground out on the former naval air station, where I walk the pups. The kids sometimes party out there at night, and occasionally the homeless spend a night there; it isn’t hard to guess how it started. Most of the burn evidence is gone and green was sprouting again by autumn, but you can still see some evidence of the fire.

20091004_0454 burn, root and growth

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A Big Blow

Mrs. Ombud and I were watching a movie (Little Fish, I think) when the phone rang. We don’t always pick up during a movie, figuring they’ll leave a message if it’s important, but when I heard my next door neighbor’s voice I hit pause and got the phone. He was talking about some large branch that fell in our yard, across the fence into his.

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