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Clematis vine in bloom

The clematis is one of those old-timey flowers that makes me think of farmhouses, white picket fences and the television show The Waltons.  I have a vine that faithfully grows outside my back door.   49 more words

Farm Life

Parklets don't make a street unsafe; cars speeding make a street unsafe

Fort Lauderdale gets it. Edge friction causes drivers to slow down and creates a more satisfying place. A more quality public realm attracts people, diners, and business. 527 more words

The forensic mind

Few of us who write murder mysteries ever get involved in murder ourselves, and the nearest I get to any investigation is delving into my family history. 231 more words


The thing I like about Clematis is that even after the flowers have stopped you get this wonderful seed heads that stay with you in the winter


Combine Vines for Vertical Gardens and Wall Cover

Image:  Marion Brenner

“A clematis planted at the base of a rose, about a foot away, will weave its way through the rose vines, typically blooming when the rose’s own petals have faded. 365 more words

Wall Garden

Down to earth -- memory lapses

Originally published January 7, 2015 in East Bay/South Coast Life newspapers.

I can hardly believe it’s a new year already. It feels like mere days rather than twelve months since I waxed rhapsodic about visiting greenhouses and using candlelight to cozy winter’s dark nights. 658 more words