Our newest Installation!

We had the pleasure of working in Columbia Beach B.C. (French Creek area) for the past three weeks. The Herring Spawn takes place this time every year, it adorns us with life around the oceanside communities on Vancouver Island BC. This year we had the pleasure of having a very active wildlife around us, some times it was hard to stay focused, and other times it was exactly what we needed to keep us motivated!
For us, wildlife/sea life has a way of keeping us in a healthy perspective, and we wanted to honor that by creating a landscape that would offer birds food, reptiles sanctuary, and rabbits….. a place to hop on by 🙂
We had many design contraints; we had the oceanic issues, the slope of the landscape, no irrigation, privacy issues, and no soil to work with!
So! We worked through the design process and we continued to have a dynamic approach to rising issues throughout the installation. At the end of the three weeks this is what we accomplished….

Click Here for before and after photos with a brief description of the site.

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Salt in the Water

” …the amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in…”

Moving Into Light

Via Occupy Love

An ageing master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter,” said the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”

“Fresh,” remarked the apprentice.

“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.

“No,” said the young man. At this the master sat beside this serious young man…

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Cornelian Cherry – Cornus mas


Cornus mas

Cornus mas – 03/07/14 Photo taken  Amy Robson

This lovely little tree or large shrub is not a Canadian native but it sure does work well in our climate! Cornus mas  flowers from late February to mid March (in the  Pacific Northwest).  Cornus mas flowers abundantly providing nourishment for pollinating insects.  With a mature height of 5 metres,  birds will find shelter in the branches.

It also has other adoring features such as, silver bark that at maturity reveals hues of peach and orange as it peels. Its habit or form varies as it can grow as an understory tree or stand alone as a specimen.  Hardy to zone 4 ( -34 C) Cornus mas can be cultivated in a variety of places.

Named after a semi precious gemstone, the Cornelian Cherry ripens in late August/September with cornelian coloured fruits. There are a few cultivars of Cornus mas such as,  ‘Golden Glory’ which has more flowers and a longer bloom time. If  you desire to eat the fruit choosing a cultivar can effect nutrition.

Cornus mas can grow in a variety of soils, but exposure should be orientated around ripening of fruit which requires some morning and afternoon sun.

I like this tree in small gardens because of its mature size and it tolerates understory planting. It also has seasonal interest from the flowers and fruit.  Cornus mas is also more resistant to Discula spp. an Anthracnose that is killing many ornamental dogwoods. Cornus mas is a low maintenance tree that offers edible fruit to people and birds, this tree would be a great addition in many gardens.


Kwantlen Polytechnic University

University of Connecticut plant database 

Plants for a better future

Cornus anthracnose

Trusting the process..


I am working hard to create a presentation for two wonderful people tomorrow. I struggle with feeling prepared enough because I want to present the best possible product to my clients.
This mindset offers me at least two actions. This can mobilize me with energy to create greatness, to truly let creativity flow.
The second action for me is a feeling of being immobilized by fear and perception of my capabilities. This poor form of ego robs me of staying in the moment. It can take over almost like an imposter deciding my fate. ” I can’t do it” ” they won’t like my work” etc…
This madness is a vail of delusion! I work hard and do the best I can every day!
So when I sit at my desk and look at my computer screen I try to sympathize with my human blunders. That this is just a moment and I will try to have compassion for my insecure self. When I do this, suddenly I remember all the success and happiness our work has brought to peoples lives. That all of our clients are happy with our services.

So in the end “fear” is really just an acronym…
F – False
E- Evidence
A- Appearing
R- Real