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Ground Control to Fledgling: Prepare for Lift-off! – what to do if your garden is used for an emergency landing.

Earlier this week as I walked outside to go run some errands, I caught sight of Manneman – my furry garden companion – batting a fuzzy, round little thing back and forth. He seemed to thoroughly be enjoying himself, which … Continue reading

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Alchemilla alpina – cute, cuddly and carefree!

I first laid eyes on it when a relative brought a small clump of it home. It was a gift to her from a gardener friend at Bergianska Trädgården – the botanical institution at the Stockholm University in Sweden – … Continue reading

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Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – July 2013

Happy GBBD everyone! Well, things are definitely slowing down over here, or perhaps more so taking a break. The Asiatic lilies are spent while the orientals are coming, the crocosmias are on fire, as are the Rudbeckias. This year the … Continue reading

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Subtle, simple and sensual – material expressions in the Japanese Garden

One of the top destinations in our fair city – in my book, at least – is the Japanese Garden. It never disappoints. Every time I go, I see new things, depending on light, weather, seasons – what have you. … Continue reading

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Foliage Follow-up, June 2013

Happy Father’s and Foliage Follow-up Day! Thanks to Pam Penick and her blog Digging down in Austin TX for hosting this continued celebration to the monthly Bloom Day. The middle of each month has truly become a plant celebration! Check her link out … Continue reading

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The birth of a monster – Allium shubertii

This past February, at a Portland garden show, I came across this gigantic seed head on display. It turned out to be an Allium shubertii, the like of which I had never seen before. The vendor was selling sprouting bulbs, … Continue reading

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Foliage Follow-up, May 2012

Three days after my first Bloom Day, I can only succumb to the fact that I’m hooked! Taking photos of your garden and posting them online is really, really fun! But, for as great as they are – blooms are … Continue reading

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Iris confusa a.k.a. Bamboo Iris – one of my absolute Top Ten garden picks for spring!

And almost any other time as well, for that matter… Of all the worthy possibilities out there, there are a few that take the cake! Solidifying the shortlist is probably beyond me, hopeless plantoholic as I am, but this one … Continue reading

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A little vernal plant-porn, anyone?

Perhaps it’s silly to get so excited about it, but I can’t help it! My garden is veritably exploding! You can feel the power rising up through the soil – it’s a barely perceptible hum, a vibration of life, as … Continue reading

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Spring is around the corner…

There is something comforting in sameness…You know winter’s wrapping up when the YGP show comes to town. And you know that each year, there will be largely the same vendors as last year. Since the economic crash a few years … Continue reading

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