Archive - October - 2015
Featured Garden Image From My Home

Featured Garden Image From My Homefeatured

This photo was taken in May 2013.  After years of waiting, my Wisteria finally bloomed in 2013 after I applied super phosphate to the roots in the winter.  Due to our winter rains, our soil can quickly become depleted in phosphorous.   Phosphorous is essential for flower development.  My wisteria has bloomed faithfully ever since. Read more

Maples Ablaze

Maples Ablazefeatured

Fall colors in Oregon have long been considered sub-par when compared to New England and the upper midwest.  It has a lot to do with our native trees, and which trees prefer to grow here.  Conifers like Douglas Firs line our forests–and obviously these don’t turn color in the fall, but I am grateful for Read more

One Last Handful

One Last Handfulfeatured

One last handful of berries—not the very last, but nearly.  Yesterday, I walked the yard, and I found a few last treasures. Flowers and berries seem sweeter, when there are only a few left. I picked the last of the apples, zucchini, and bell peppers. A few lingering flowers….Delphinium and Red Valerian (Jupiter’s Beard) are Read more

A Feline in the Fall

A Feline in the Fallfeatured

I don’t know who is more handsome—Tig or my Virginia Creeper Vine (Parthenocissus quinquefolia).  There is nothing more crimson red than this 5 leafed vine in the fall.  It’s as red as the most beautiful Japanese maple.  Please note that it is considered to be invasive in many parts of the country.  Check the list Read more

Delicata Squash–A Fast and Easy Side Dish

Delicata Squash–A Fast and Easy Side Dishfeatured

This recipe could be called “Glazed Squash” or “Delicata C’s”.  Both are accurate descriptions.  I love a delicata squash for a few reasons.  1)  It’s the perfect size for 2-5 people (as a side dish).  2)  As the name implies, the rind is delicate, thin—making it far easier to cut with a knife when it’s Read more

Fall Planting:  Winter Greens and Lettuce

Fall Planting: Winter Greens and Lettucefeatured

We are fortunate here in the Willamette Valley in Oregon to have mild temperatures in the winter, allowing us to have winter vegetable gardens.  My home is actually a zone 8b, so our winter temperatures generally do not dip low enough to kill many types of vegetables.  Some vegetables like carrots, parsnips, and kale even taste Read more

365 Days of Hydrangea

365 Days of Hydrangeafeatured

Who doesn’t love a giant blue, pink, white, or purple ball of hydrangea in the summer?  I actually think hydrangea are even better when they start to turn those hues of romantic mauve and lime, kind of like a smudged watercolor painting.  Here in the Willamette Valley in Oregon–that time is now.  Mine are light blue in the summer, due Read more

Celosia—Sea Coral meets Garden

Celosia—Sea Coral meets Gardenfeatured

It’s the strangest annual I grow–Celosia (cockscomb).  I started this from seed a couple of years ago.  It’s so bizarre and bright, that it doesn’t look real.  All at once it looks furry, or like something from the ocean– coral or anemone.  While it looks feathery, the texture is actually cool to the touch and Read more

Just Bake the Meatballs Instead

Just Bake the Meatballs Insteadfeatured

I’m not sure why I only learned this trick a few years ago.  Almost all recipes say to brown the meatballs in a skillet in some oil.  Who has time to stand there and do that?  (Especially when I usually make 3 pounds of meatballs at a time.)  And I feel like when I brown Read more

An Ace in the Garden–Meet Tig

An Ace in the Garden–Meet Tigfeatured

Cats in gardens.  Everyone has their obsession–photographs of cats in a garden happen to be one of mine!  Alluring and peaceful, there are few things prettier than a feline friend relaxing in the foliage.  My kitty cat Tig is like a puppy–he follows me around everywhere outside.  Silently.  I’ll get that feeling that I’m being Read more


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