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Waste not, water not

Hi everyone. It’s hot out there. Really hot. And with experts saying drought is likely to be our new summertime way of life, 2012 might be just a sample of what’s to come.  Let’s talk water. It’s August. It’s hot. And dry. … Continue reading

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Fruits of no labor

Wandering around the hilltop this afternoon in a heat-induced stupor … the yellowing grasses crunchy under my flip-flops … I came across this. Why hello, there. What are you, lovely little thing? A purple berry? A quick look around the … Continue reading

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Eye of the Beholder

What our neighbors see … Everyone has different tastes, and theirs leans towards mono-culture. They like neatly trimmed grass that behaves itself.  I’m afraid it’s going to be a long summer for our smiling, waving neighbors. Maybe they’ll eventually come to understand how … Continue reading

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Invasives removal? Cussing always helps

Some people hunt great deals at the mall. Others go hunting the bars for friends. We know people who hunt deer and eat them. But here at Hilltop House, we hunt the evil sh*t berry bushes (aka “bush honeysuckle“). Below … Continue reading

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Sh*t berries — we’re comin’ for you!

They look pretty, don’t they? Especially this time of year when everything else is crunchy and brown. But don’t be fooled! It’s not Christmas holly. At Hilltop House, we call them “sh*t berries,” because when you see them taking over, you … Continue reading

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It’s a Beauty of Berry

We’ve been watching these little bushes in the understory of our wooded areas. I call them “scribble scrabble” brush, because they look twiggy and overgrown. Nothing really to get excited about during the spring and summer. But when they started popping out … Continue reading

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The first planting

It’s been warm for November … more time for digging in the dirt!  Got the plants from High Country Gardens, so why wait til spring? First up — find spots without native buffalo grass. (That grass is a definite keeper, … Continue reading

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