Categories - Floral
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Paperwhites…Transformed into Something New!

Paperwhites…Transformed into Something New!featured

Happy New Year!  We were gone for 9 days, skiing on Mt. Hood.  (See my instagram for some photos).  I was delighted to come home to blooming paperwhites!  I first planted these on December 12, and I previously made a Christmas-inspired arrangement in my post “Indoor Gardening: Paperwhites (When the Weather Outside is Frightful..)”.  They are Read more

Indoor Gardening:  Paperwhites  (When the Weather Outside is Frightful…)

Indoor Gardening: Paperwhites (When the Weather Outside is Frightful…)featured

When the weather outside is frightful, bring the gardening inside your house!  Paperwhites (Narcissus tazetta, they are related to daffodils) are bulbs that are easy to plant indoors.  They bloom perfectly inside when planted fall through spring, and require little care.  They are also fragrant. I went to our local Fred Meyer (similar to Target) Read more

What To Do With All of These Persimmons?

What To Do With All of These Persimmons?featured

I have a small fruit orchard, with around a dozen or so fruit trees.  While it’s a romantic concept to grow your own fruit, I’ll be honest in telling you it’s slightly challenging to grow perfectly organic disease free fruit here in the Willamette Valley.  Apples, in particular, seem to be very prone to scab and Read more

A Shock of Mulberry Caught My Eye…

A Shock of Mulberry Caught My Eye…featured

I was outside, doing nothing glamorous (picking up after the dog), when this caught my eye: Claret, Marsala, Mulberry, Cranberry:  whatever word you use to describe the color of these lingering hydrangea—it doesn’t matter:  they are simply beautiful.  My hydrangea (I have around 10) have continued their color metamorphosis since my last hydrangea post “365 Days Read more

Late Season Gaura (Wand Flower), Simple and Modern with Bonus Photo of Gaura in France

Late Season Gaura (Wand Flower), Simple and Modern with Bonus Photo of Gaura in Francefeatured

I was cutting down some of my summer blooming perennials a few days ago, when I was struck by the visually interesting stems of my Gaura ‘Ballerina Rose’.  Instead of throwing them on my yard debris pile, I brought them in and made a simple arrangement. Gaura, or Wand Flower, is an interesting plant—but I’ve struggled Read more

Gnarled Branch-Vine-Berry-Halloween Inspired Arrangement:  But Beware!  It’s Poisonous

Gnarled Branch-Vine-Berry-Halloween Inspired Arrangement: But Beware! It’s Poisonousfeatured

It would amaze many gardeners how much I love my Virginia Creeper Vine–I’ve featured it’s crimson red foliage in many of my autumn posts.  It is invasive in many areas of the country–smothering native plants and vegetation, climbing trees, and taking over–perhaps in a similar fashion to English Ivy here in the Northwest.  My Virginia creeper Read more

Less is More

Less is Morefeatured

Dahlias have long been considered a fall farm stand flower, where you buy them in large, multi-hued bunches.  But have you ever decided to pick the perfect dahlia and highlight it, rather than having it get lost in the crowd? Nothing is more simple & elegant than a single stem of flower. I decided to Read more

State Fair Zinnias

State Fair Zinniasfeatured

Our warm October has allowed my zinnias to continue to flourish.  Zinnias are the easiest annual to grow from seed, and they are one of the best flowers for cutting, due to strong straight stems and longevity in a vase.  I titled this “State Fair Zinnias”, because there is no other flower I associate more with 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

A Sweet Bouquet With Summer’s Last Annuals

A Sweet Bouquet With Summer’s Last Annualsfeatured

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


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