Friday, June 4, 2010

Muddy Marin. Rain in June.

It rained this morning. June. Rain in June in California.

What !!

We are normally a mild dry Mediterranean climate that experiences little to no rain in the summer months.... and yet it rained this morning.


Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the rain, but it sure can make a total mess out of a landscape construction project.


We’re working on two installation projects at the moment. Both are located on steep hillsides.

Today's word for the day was MUD.

I might as well brought my rock skis to work with me to get some good down hill skiing in, sans the snow. ( again not complaining, I LOVE to ski.. .. but prefer snow to mud ! )


It’s amazing the difference a morning of rain can make.

Check it out : Yesterday no rain and no mud

From Hillside development



Today after the rain. Lotsa mud !


From Hillside development


From Hillside development


10 comments:

Linda said...

Hi Michelle....greetings from soggy, soggy Oregon! I see you are having the same problem we've been having! May was the wettest and coldest that we've seen since moving here back in the early 70s!
It is June and at mid afternoon the temperature is 59 degrees! The soil is so wet...yes, mud....we can't do any landscape work. Our poor vineyard is stalled and hasn't grown much since a late budbreak in early May. The baby robins are cold in their nests. We still have the heat on. No solar warmth here yet.
You have company!

Linda
'With a Garden, There is Hope'
www.gardenaesthetics.blogspot.com

danger garden said...

I hear ya sister (and echo Linda's comments). I spy stock tanks! Nice work!

Christine said...

And that mud gets really sticky, too. The only way to get it off is wait til it dries and cracks off in adobe chunks! I keep saying, "Ok, this is the last rain of the season," and then it rains again. Maybe this is really, really the one?

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Hi Linda,
Misery loves company !
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your blog address.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you have been up to.

Loree,
I stumble over your darn Furcrea plant almost every day and say to myself "gotta get to the post office".
Sheeze, what a slacker I am.
The stock tanks were my clients idea. She is a brilliant interior designer.

Christine,
Slick as snot that wet clay is !
My shoes were/ are a mess.

Tomorrow is suppose to be warm and clear.
Looking forward to that !

phrago said...

Hey Michell, looks like a really nice planting with all the agaves!Here in Michigan its raining almost every day. I am strugling to keep the grass cut and I wuld like to get some weeding done. Still, the trees are really lush this year. But no the Peonies. They lookm like big piles of green stems with a border o wet petals at the ground. Tha t didn't stop me from buying another one yesterday. Dark read dinnerplate with striated yello and white ball shape petals held above NIe. Good luck with your project. I hope you post pics when your done...

Desert Dweller said...

Rain, chilly in June IS odd there. You would prob like some middle ground between your weather and ours' in Abq NM - summer arrived 1-2 weeks late here, on Fri w/ our 1st 95F+ high; yesterday 98F-104F, today warmer.

Looks like another great slope design!

phrago said...

Hey Michelle, This is really an ambitious project Did you design and install all of the hardscape for this job or did you add to it? Great choice of plants, at least the ones I can recognize. I really like the pots added into the landscape, I like to do that as well, however in my climate, I have to use containers that can handle zone 5 winters. Is there drip irregation through out this hill? Can't wait to see it done. Awesome...

Alice Joyce said...

Michelle,
I was freezing all day yesterday in my house. All bundled up as if it was winter.
I waited for the rain here, as forecast, but it didn't arrive.
Still, if anyone can deal with mud and these strange weather conditions, I'm sure it would be you. One of the most savvy and knowing designers I've met.
Always enjoy seeing your projects in-progress and down the road, when they're gorgeous and all filled in.
I am sorry you've had to deal with this! Don't mean to be callous.
((A bizarre upside to this weather: when I was traveling, my friend did not need to come by often to hand water my garden because of all the rain in May.))

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Hi Patrick,
some of the hardscaping was there and we removed it,
augmented it or are still in the throws of reworking it.
The wood working is all new and the planting, accents, troughs , contemporary gas fire pit made of cast in place concrete ( not yet built ) is all new .

The homeowner is an interior designer with a wonderful eye for color .
I'm simply taking her visions of the exterior space and translating them into a built project.

It's been a very satisfying working relationship.

michelle

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Hi Patrick,
some of the hardscaping was there and we removed it,
augmented it or are still in the throws of reworking it.
The wood working is all new and the planting, accents, troughs , contemporary gas fire pit made of cast in place concrete ( not yet built ) is all new .

The homeowner is an interior designer with a wonderful eye for color .
I'm simply taking her visions of the exterior space and translating them into a built project.

It's been a very satisfying working relationship.

michelle