Thursday, January 1, 2015

Walking with purpose....

As I get older, my approach to the daily tasks in my life has changed dramatically. I spent years focused on my lists, the making of lists, figuring out the quickest way to hammer through the tasks on my lists and rewarding myself upon completion of the tasks on my list. I discovered I was able to achieve a lot but I was I was rarely present during the process. I found that being so task oriented I was missing the bigger picture and connections that give purpose to the daily minutiae. I was treating my life as a dress rehearsal and I was either mired in the past or anticipating the outcome of my endless lists of tasks. Trudging through life can be a self- imposed chore or a walk with purpose. Today I choose to walk with purpose. I have found that it is the daily minutiae that makes up the fabric of my life and the more mindful I am of each moment the more insights I gain and the richer my experience.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Giving Back…Many ways to be generous

One of the most counter-intuitive concepts is the one of giving to receive. For us it is so true and we have constant reminders of how this conundrum works in our lives. When we started Jefferson Landscaping almost twelve years ago, our primary purpose was for Jeff to build on his passion for working with soils. As we grew, we made the decision that providing a healthy work environment and investing in our employees was our most important mission. We transitioned over to alternative fuels because it is better for the environment and better for our employees not having to breathe those fumes. We have gained so much knowledge and education from our professional association (WALP), we want to make sure we continue to give back so the next generation of landscape professionals have the same opportunities.

Sunday, November 9, 2014


Jeff and I have so many things that we are grateful for in our lives. We are very
active in our industry and with our professional development group, the
Washington State Association Of Landscape Professionals (WALP).
And we have always known that our customers are the greatest. What a
delight to have the two cross paths and enhance our gratitude even more.
The Littlefield’s hosted one of the stops on our annual bus tour showcasing
award winning landscape projects and maintenance to our peers of
Contractors, Designers and Landscape Architects. Our customers’ kindness,
warmth and generosity elevated the experience exponentially with their
welcoming participation and it was definitely the hit of the tour.

November has always been one of our favorite months. The holiday season is
kicking into high gear and Thanksgiving gives us time to pause and give thanks
for our health, each other, our family, the amazing relationships we have with
our friends, colleagues, vendors and especially our customers.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Continue to enhance with persistent effort….

It is easy to let up on our gardens and rest on our laurels. The temptation to rely on the work we have already done is in our nature. Nowhere is this truer, than in our landscapes. We cease to see the changes that are taking place daily.
So often we meet with people whose yards became overgrown with weeds and no longer reflected who they are or wanted to be. One of the most common oversights is leaving plants past their prime. Heathers (Calluna Vulgaris) and Lavender (Lavandula) both which have life spans that can be shortened to as few as seven years if not tended to properly. They are a gorgeous addition to many beautiful gardens but it is very common to see them without blooms and woody, knowing they will never regain their glory. Let the dying energy go and replant with new vibrant starts. It will benefit you and your landscape in more ways than you can imagine.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Restore our properties to reflect their best version…

Remember when we just moved in and loved a feature of our yard. Or we added some new component to our landscape. Take the time to remember what it was that made you fall in love with your property. Then look to see if it still reflects the magic that it once held. Sometimes it is the little things like neglecting a favorite tree and our surprise to notice it has outgrown its spot. Or favorite flowers that we looked forward to every year but no longer show because the weeds have taken over.

It can even be the dreams we had for adding a certain plant or art but life got too busy and it never happened.
Jeff and I made a commitment this summer to spend one evening a week in our vegetable garden. This year, that little extra bit of effort (and great weather) has contributed to our healthiest, most prolific garden ever.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Time to move forward…

And sweep away the debris from the areas in our yards that are not working.

August is a great month to look around our properties, walk in our gardens and make the changes so they reflect our best selves. The garden below had a retaining wall in the middle of the back yard making the entire upper area unusable.

So we have created steps along the left side for access to a new hot tub area, a dry stack wall with a seating bench built for movie night projecting against the house and lush garden plantings. We will have a flagstone patio throughout the lower level for entertaining.

This couple from Ireland who never had any reason to go into their backyard made the changes to reflect their heritage and love of family and friends.

Saturday, June 21, 2014


With the frenzy of spring past us now, we get the chance to reflect on the health of our gardens and landscape. As many people know it is the foundation that determines the success of our gardens. Just like in life, we have to nurture those things upon which our strength and character is built. The more attention we pay to the soil on which our gardens are built the more fruits, blooms and bounty they offer us. This is truly the time for reflection, to stroll through our gardens daily and let them permeate all of our senses.

Last night for dinner, we raided the garden (top left picture) for spinach, strawberries and cilantro for a delicious salad topped with seafood and homemade vinaigrette.