It’s Miller time.
Well not really- it’s the middle of the work day and I’m sitting at a computer, and you are too. But Miller time is coming. Most of you probably associate Miller time with 1980’s beer advertising, but I’m taking it a step further. You see, Miller time, as I’m using it here, is a metaphor for those idyllic moments in life when you can sit back and enjoy the ride. When you can slow down for just a minute and soak up the atmosphere. As Northern Californians, we get pockets of Miller time at regular intervals throughout the year. In most of the country (I’ve lived in Virginia, Wisconsin, and Colorado- I’ve experienced a good cross section of climates) winters are too wet or too cold, and summers are too hot, too muggy or too buggy. Our locationally-challenged counterparts have limited precious moments when the weather and the pace of life magically combine and allow them to really enjoy their surroundings. For so many of our fellow Americans, these moments occur so rarely, they can’t be anticipated. That means scrambling around at the last minute trying to put together a barbecue or a pool party or a friendly game of badminton before the mosquitoes or 90% humidity arrive and ruin the whole show.
In Northern California, we don’t have that problem. We are the lucky ones. For us, Miller time is always just around the bend. And it’s time to take advantage of it.
Californians understand outdoor living. In the landscaping business, there is a lot of emphasis on gardens being extensions of our homes. We talk a lot about useable outdoor space, and because of our regular periods of Miller time, useable outdoor space is imperative. But the truth is we deserve better than useable. We deserve beautiful. We deserve spectacular. We have to suffer terrible drivers, poor public schools and questionable civic leaders. We should be able to make up for that with fabulous landscapes that we are thrilled to spend time in, throughout the calendar year. Our gardens should pull us outdoors, into lounge chairs around firepits and to tables on stone patios under vine arbors dripping with flowers. They should inspire us to plant vegetables or to kick the soccer ball around with our kids. They should beckon us with romantic lights down toe paths, around corners and under trees.
I’m talking to you. You know who you are. Picture yourself standing at your sink rinsing out your coffee mug, staring at your patch of sad grass and tired shrubs, with the cracked patio which slopes TOWARDS your house, so you have standing water after heavy rains in your basement where your son is trying to create a Lego metropolis, and is causing your carpet to mold. Don’t be a prisoner in your own home! Don’t drive down the street and sigh with misery when you approach your own front walkway because you are so ashamed of the landscaping that you inherited, never liked, can’t use, and have no idea what to do with.
The highest concentration of annual Miller time, from April to October (or even November, these days, thanks global warming!) is fast approaching. This means it’s time to design (or redesign) your garden, so that you can have it built this spring and will be able to enjoy it the way it should be enjoyed. Think you have a challenge that can’t be overcome? Too steep of a slope, or too little sun? Not enough time or not enough money? Poppycock! You’ll never know what your options are until you talk to a designer. This is what we do, and we are pretty good at it, last time I checked (see CLCA Trophy Awards, 2012, and the testimonials on our website for proof). Some solutions require an investment, it’s true. But to get the most out of your space, to raise the value of your home, to improve your quality of life, isn’t it worth it? There’s a solution. Let us help you find it.
We can complete small projects, sprucing up your planting, adding lights, or fixing walls, in a few weeks. Larger projects can take a few months, sure, but there’s still plenty of time to get your garden designed and likely completed before the best weather comes. We have the best produce in the world. We brew the best beer and produce the best wine. We have the best weather. Let’s get outside.
It’s Miller time.