Flowers are my passion. Most people assume I garden for the vegetables–nope, I mostly garden for the flowers. These are from my yard–snapdragon, kiss me over the garden gate (yes, an actual flower name), celosia, zinnia, and achillea (yarrow) ‘moonshine’ (a perennial). White pitchers are great to have on hand—they lend a neutral background to let Read more
I immediately fell in love with Salem artist Bobi Sue’s Magpie Manor pillow pattern when I saw it in our local quilt store last month. I bought her pattern (and her hand painted eyes), and I created my own version. This was one of the most fun projects I’ve ever made. I incorporated so many techniques–quilting, machine quilting, Read more
When autumn arrives, we seem to crave all things pumpkin. Here is my “Better-Than-Starbucks” pumpkin recipe. If you are going to make a mess in your kitchen, you might as well double the recipe to make two loaves. (Recipe is for one loaf). You can use a puree of squash, pumpkin, yams, or sweet potatoes. Look below Read more
Fall would not be complete without a few asters in bloom. While I love the look of ‘mums’ in their oranges, yellows, and browns (especially when they flank a porch or front door), nothing beats the shock of purple from a fall blooming aster. Mine are reliable, and require little care, and they are in their Read more
In gardening, a pairing is the placement of two plants next to each other which bring out the best in each other. Contrasting colors, textures, and heights create great drama in the landscape. I’m always looking for perfect pairings, because they photograph well. I have found that garden magazines tend to make the reader feel Read more
Our first frost came about one week earlier than the last few years, here in the mid-Willamette Valley. I walked through my gardens at around 7:30 this morning, and I noted frost only on the the main lawn, and temperatures in the 40’s. This really illustrated the concept of a micro-climate. What is a micro-climate? This Read more
This photo was taken in July 2015, and features my garden shed, chicken coop, rudbeckia (black eyed susan), monarda (bee balm), phlox, and corn poppies (papaver rhoeas). Our 2015 summer was so hot, and the heat contributed to having these particular perennials blooming at the same time.