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Easter Egg Hunt In the Garden

Easter Egg Hunt In the Gardenfeatured

I haven’t blogged in a while, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working in my gardens!  Here is how everything looks today, as seen through the eyes of my children on an Easter egg hunt.  I take pride in my gardens having something blooming 11-12 months a year—take a look and see what’s blooming Read more

Some Pretty Little Things

Some Pretty Little Thingsfeatured

Things are popping out of the ground, and we have had some beautiful weather.  Although my yard is bursting with flowers April through November, I really treasure these early spring delights far above all others. Here’s some of what’s blooming/looking good right now: Crocus Scotch Moss on my stairs Violas in my birdhouses.  I made Read more

An Ode To Catkins

An Ode To Catkinsfeatured

One of the first signs of spring are the arrival of catkins on trees and shrubs.  What is a catkin?  It’s actually a flower, which can be either wind pollinated or insect pollinated.  The word catkin comes from the Dutch word for kitten, “katteken”, because the flowers are long and cylindrical and look like a Read more

Come Inside…..Take a Tour of My Greenhouse!

Come Inside…..Take a Tour of My Greenhouse!featured

I’m a lucky gardener, to have a greenhouse.  Why a greenhouse?  There are many good reasons to have one.  1)  You keep the mess out of your house.  Before I had the greenhouse, I started all of my seeds inside—very messy, and when the dirt goes down the sink….well, that’s a plumbing problem.  2)  You Read more

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis):  January Sunshine

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis): January Sunshinefeatured

As soon as the New Year is over, here in the Willamette Valley I start looking for signs of spring in my yard.  I find them everywhere:  catkins forming on trees, daffodils pushing out of the ground, and pussywillows—getting fuzzy.  But the first thing to bloom is Witch Hazel.  Witch Hazel is an essential in 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

After the 2014 Ice Storm:  A Tree Recovers

After the 2014 Ice Storm: A Tree Recoversfeatured

A few days ago I posted some photos from our ice storm one year ago.  While the ice was beautiful, it was also incredibly destructive.  When it first started coating everything, I was amused.  However, some of our trees had not yet lost their leaves, so when the branches started to droop, I was worried.  I Read more

Salem Ice Storm, One Year Ago

Salem Ice Storm, One Year Agofeatured

A year ago, November 13, we had an epic ice storm in the little valley where I live.  It was unusual, because the ice really hammered us here, but if you drove down the road just 1/2 mile to an elevation just 100 feet lower, there was much less ice.  Downtown Salem, which is more than 600 Read more

Pansies in My Bicycle Basket

Pansies in My Bicycle Basketfeatured

Another pansy planting–I have highlighted these plants this week, because they can provide color during our fall and winter months, surviving our mild winters here in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  Pansies and Violas are shy plants—they need visually interesting containers to really help them command attention—they aren’t show stoppers merely on their own.  Look 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

Birdhouse Makeover with Violas

Birdhouse Makeover with Violasfeatured

Several years ago, my two older boys and husband made these birdhouses for me at a Mother’s Day class at our local Ace Hardware.  I was so delighted with them—the boys planted their rooftops with succulents.  This week, I decided they needed a bit of a makeover.  As promised in my earlier post this week, I am Read more

Plant Tulips in Pots for a Grand Spring Display—Plus Oregon Tulip Field Photos

Plant Tulips in Pots for a Grand Spring Display—Plus Oregon Tulip Field Photosfeatured

Every year I buy about two hundred tulip bulbs.  And I procrastinate getting them in the ground.  But really, you can plant them August-November.  You probably could sneak them into the ground even in December (or ?January, though I don’t recommend this!) and they would still bloom in the spring.  Unlike me, the tulips are not procrastinators—after Read more

Choose the Right Tool for the Job

Choose the Right Tool for the Jobfeatured

We had a really warm fall, and it seems like the weeds are going crazy right now when they shouldn’t be going crazy.  Bittercress, which usually crops up in my yard in February and March, is growing rampantly right now.  I am comparing this second cycle of growth in the same calendar year to how Read more

It’s Not Too Late to Plant Winter Carrots

It’s Not Too Late to Plant Winter Carrotsfeatured

Winter carrots, harvested around January or February are a sweet treat in the Willamette Valley.  If you plant seeds now, you can savor home grown carrots, too–perhaps ready in February or even March, depending on our winter conditions. Sprinkle a general all purpose fertilizer on  your soil at the time of planting to replenish it Read more


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