Monthly Archives: February 2013

Grass Valley Countryside Winter Scenes

Brrrr, I’m snuggled up in an easy chair with a pillow and a blanket since it got cold again today. Let me share some  scenes on the way to Peardale and around the neighborhood.

 

bird house in garden

bird house in garden

garden bed

garden bed

snow on holly

snow on holly

grass valley barn

grass valley barn

grass valley barn

grass valley barn

snow bear

snow bear

rose arbor

rose arbor in winter

Garden art

Garden art

Cold,Warm, Cold, Warm, Hot: What a Spring in Grass Valley!

This has been a week of changing weather. From snow and school cancellations to warm and setting up the little plastic green house, its been all seasons of fun over the space of 7 days.  We drove down to Sacramento today to 70 degree weather and blooming fruit trees, and drove back to a 49 degree Grass Valley welcome, that warned “Do not even think about putting summer veggies in the greenhouse”.  Its true that the folks in the valley have 2-4 months more of summer than we do. Its also true that our winters, while cold, are sunnier than those of Sacramento and Davis.  Sitting prettily above the clouds during the cold months does have its advantages.  Photos today? Some of everything.

Grass Valley in the woods stairs – not Spring Hill cottage
Berries in the Mist on the Mountain

Berries in the Mist on the Mountain

Spring Hill Cottage Liquid Amber Tree Against Blue Sky

Spring Hill Cottage Liquid Amber Tree Against Blue Sky

View  on other side of Fence from Spring Hill Cottage Grass Valley Area

View on other side of Fence from Spring Hill Cottage Grass Valley Area

 

Spring HIll Cottage Fenced Yard in Snow

Spring Hill Cottage Fenced Yard in Snow

 

Snow in the Garden

 SNOW!!

Snow Sled at Spring Hill Cottage

Snow Sled at Spring Hill Cottage

Spring Hill Cottage and Gardens got SNOW  this week! This is a big storm that is winding its way across the country leaving a blanket of snow on mountains, deserts, lakes, rivers and forests.  Here it was big  enough to make it look pretty, and little enough to not have to shovel. In Grass Valley it normally melts off in a few days, so we’ve learned its ok to leave alone.  I took some pictures of the new gardens and orchard with their very first snow dusting. Cottage Garden  in first snow photos are kind of like a baby’s first steps I think. The parents think its wonderful and the rest of the world in just kind of indulgent. So thank you for indulging me…

Snowy Rose Bush at Spring Hill Cottage

Snowy Rose Bush at Spring Hill Cottage

Welcome to Spring Hill Cottage in the Snow!
sled in front yard at the cottage

sled in front yard at the cottage

Our new mini orchard in snow

Our new mini orchard in snow

Spring Hill Cottage Pool in winter

Spring Hill Cottage Pool in winter

Fenced yard in Snow

Stone wall, fence and pool in snow

Stone wall, fence and pool in snow

Wooden Board Fence Corner with pines in Snow

Wooden Board Fence Corner with pines in Snow

Snowy Garden Shed at Far  Corner of the Garden

Snowy Garden Shed at Far Corner of the Garden

Spring Hill Cottage Garden Wheelbarrow in Snow

Spring Hill Cottage Garden Wheelbarrow in Snow BRRRRR!!  Spring is coming soon!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Hill Cottage in Snow

It snowed in Grass Valley yesterday, school was let out early and lots of cars with new drivers   promptly got stuck as they slid off the hilly road leading away from the high school. At Spring Hill Cottage the snow created a soft blanket of white over house and gardens. Today you can see the house in snow, tomorrow I’ll show you the gardens!     pool in winter  sledding in grass valley  snowy steps and yard welcome!  front door

 

Spring Hill snow on eves

The snow lasted all night, but sadly for the kids there is school today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a wonderful day, and enjoy the weather what-ever it is in your part of the world!

Weekend Photos

This weekend we took a group of high school kids to Berkeley for a policy debate competition. (These are sharp kids, competing with other kids from across the nation to resolve problems like international transportation issues, and global water shortages.) While on the Berkeley campus, and in between debate rounds, I took some casual photos of fun these fun garden scenes:

garden statue random band nasturtium bridge in berkeley azalea rocks tulip tree

Roses, bulbs, Sweet Tea-cups

roses ready for spring!Spring Hill Cottgae flower

Roses  ready for the spring

Spring hill cottage flowers in front yard (from last year)

Aunt Kernies Rose Antique Tea- Cup

Rose Teacup from Aunt Kernie

Rose Teacup from Aunt Kernie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy our gardens!

Enjoy our gardens!

spring hill cottage living room in winter

spring hill cottage living room in winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To sink one’s hands into the warm earth…

“It was such a pleasure to sink one’s hands into the warm earth, to feel at one’s fingertips the possibilities of the new season.”
Kate Morton, The Forgotten Garden

Grass Valley winter sky

This time of year, it’s what we are waiting for.  Cold and sometimes raw outside, the smell and feel of warm dirt seems both time and space away.

In Grass Valley this year, we’ve had this extended Indian Summer, it seemed to start in January and except for a week of rain (and snow a little higher up ” the hill” (Tahoe) we’ve had balmy days and Brrrr cold nights.  I confess to my friends in Maine, and Boston, that I have had my hands in the warm earth, and the  2 loads of wood chips that were dumped in my front yard for free by a tree trimmer, have found their way to the base of  26 fruit trees behind Helga’s stone wall in the last few weeks.

My neighbor Mike has offered to help me move some of the chips and garden soil around  which has resulted in the most luscious mini tree orchard raised bed. I showed it to my sister in Bulgaria via skype and she told me it was so luscious it made her think of chocolate frosting!  I don’t have photos but I’ll take some next week – This weekend is Berkeley debate!

Back to great winter gardening reads.  Try these. I love Ruth Stouts book – I got it used, shortly after a car accident – It was just what I needed and it changed the way I thought about how a garden had to be!

And tree crops- if you can find it, is soo interesting – it was written half a century ago and must  be one of the first permaculture books ever written. Did you know there are hundred of varieties of persimmons? That years ago farmers planted mulberries for pigs, goats and cattle to harvest? That many trees are able to make better use of the land, and yield more per acre than other crops?   Read this book if you can find it anywhere!

Garden Book Classics

 

Spring Hill Garden Books

Mycelium running is a great book in general, but especially good for anyone who has been feeling guilt for using newspapers, card board or rags in  the garden.  I won’t spoil the punch line for you. Fun and very interesting. Enjoy!

 

Humpty Dumpty Re-Opens Soon!!

Good news for Spring Hill Cottage and Garden Guests!

Really close to Spring Hill Cottage, on Nevada City Highway, Humpty Dumpty Restaurant has been a local icon and eatery for decades. Humpty Dumpty unfortunately closed last year due to a fire, which caused extreme damage to the entire building. Spring Hill Cottage guests will be happy to know that Humpty Dumpty, which features 50’s style “American food”, with a plus, is scheduled to re-open March 8.

Humpty dumpty sign

 

With fresh omelets, french toast and pancakes for breakfast, and big juicy burgers and salad bar, coleslaw or fries for lunch its a great place to visit- often. Humpty Dumpty is one of those rare places that there are regulars who have been dining for breakfast and lunch for 30+ years, and keep coming back for more because the food is great, the service is great and you see your friends there.  We are glad it’s re-opening and look forward to their Grand Opening Event on March 8, 2013!

Humpty dumpty building

Humpty dumpty garden

Humpty Dumpty still under construction Humpty Dumpty new meeting spaces! Humpty Dumpty Looking down stairs

Bring your Business Meeting to Spring Hill Cottage

Business  meetings can be even more productive  for both you and your team when you bring your business group to the  private and relaxing setting offered at Spring Hill Cottage  and Gardens. With indoor and outdoor formal and informal seating, and group activity space, which includes, yard, gardens and pool, you can reach your creative potenital with   brainstorming, sales, team-building, activities.    Taking your team or staff away from idea limiting cubicles or from daily service routines for a few hours or a few days to Spring Hill Cottage in a work-play setting is a great way to recharge and refuel your teams a to create the positive can do team that will help your business grow.

Spring Hill Cottage and Gardens

Spring Hill Cottage in Gold Country

You  can cater your meals and snacks, or you may prepare them in the Cottage’s fully outfitted kitchen. An outdoor BBQ party, or having local eatery food delivered, will make this  event even more memorable.

At the end of the day you can  round out the end of your business  meeting at Spring Hill Cottage  by inviting spouses and dancing on the pool deck by the light of the moon and stars. Enjoy the scents  of the orchard trees, herbs, and the perennial blossoms of roses, lillies and jasmine.

Pool with lights  under full moon

Pool with lights under full moon

 

Vacation Rental Homes: Time to book for summer!

Vacation rental homes, it really is that time of year. So here’s how it goes.  Its February, its cold, and in most of the country its snowy, and windy, and maybe  even sleeting. You are not thinking about summer because summer seems like another time, even another planet… We understand this. It does get cold sometimes here too, but the thing is, all the good spots and great weeks get taken starting in March.  In March everything is pretty much wide open. Then in April there is still stuff available, but you start having to change your plans to suit the weeks that are available- especially if you want whole weeks or extended weeks. You may have to stay at a different house, or in a different town than you had plans for.  By May it starts getting mean out there, availability goes down, prices on what’s remaining goes up and other stuff happens too. (Are you renting a van from the airport- yikes!).  In June, you are kind of all the way sunk, the wedding couples and family vacationers that were pre planning in February and March have reserved all the good stuff until mid August when the kids go back to school, that leaves you with the dreaded HOTEL ROOM FOR SIX.  You know what I mean, 2 Queen beds, 2 roll-away beds, and suitcases where you would normally be walking. Waiting for the bathroom isn’t terrible, unless you have teens, but the hotel usually has a spare bathroom in the lobby. If you do get in this situation there’s are some  really nice downtown hotels here.  I’ll pop back and give you some hotel links in a bit.  So if you’d like a nice 3 big bedroom house with 3 bathrooms, your own private kitchen, a pool, a yard, gardens with orchards, and lots of parking contact us now. You’ll get a great deal on a fantastic spot to enjoy your summer vacation!  You will be happy, well rested, and well exercised from swimming and hiking around, and I guarantee you will want to come back next year! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Vacation rental Spring Hill Cottage

Vacation Rental Spring Hill Cottage

Cheer- up tho – the scenery is still wonderful in Grass Valley California!