Tag Archives: Plants

Going gaga over green flowers

The delight of the out-of-the-blue, sudden blossoming of one of my cacti a few weeks ago – for the first time in seven years! – carried with it another surprise… The flowers were green! How cool! Their obvious oddball appeal … Continue reading

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Veni vedi WeHoP – part 3 – fabulous plants, color, and texture

While the previous two posts about our awesome adventure focused more on overall shots and a chronological narrative of our trip, I figured I’d cram a few more photos into a final post on the matter. It was such a … Continue reading

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Veni, vidi, WeHoP – a glorious garden geek adventure – part 1

It started with an invitation to visit WeHoP – Western Horticultural Products – a Pacific Northwest plant broker that tests and experiments with an enormous variety of plants to determine their suitability for the PNW climate, and then supplies them … Continue reading

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Rubus lineatus – not quite on the wild side…

You can always tell the pot smokers from the non-users the first time they as new visitors walks up our driveway. At a particular point in this short journey, the hemp users invariably jump, which always makes me giggle because … 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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Sage – a plant for Salvation

Lamiaceae, or the Mint family, contains the majority of the species we usually consider culinary plants, and include in our kitchen gardens. An older name for this group was ‘Labiatae’ which referred to how its petals were usually fused together … 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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My first Bloom Day ever – May, 2013

For a while now, I’ve seen friends posting blogs referring to “Bloom Day”, but never known what it was. I finally learned! It was started by Carol at May Dreams Gardens. She hosts a number of garden bloggers for a … 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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