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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

Blueberry Bushes Add Seasonal Color

Blueberry Bushes Add Seasonal Colorfeatured

We have about 40 blueberry bushes.  It’s just the right number to be slightly overwhelmed with the number of berries we have to pick:  which is that perfect balance of having more than enough for your family and freezer–and still enough to invite friends to come over for a free U-pick.  When planted en masse, they also provide 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

Salvia and Yarrow Continue to Shine

Salvia and Yarrow Continue to Shinefeatured

Our endless summer continues, and I wanted to give a shout out to two of my favorite perennials–Salvia (sage) and Achillea (yarrow), which are still going strong in my yard. I’m a sucker for any salvia.  There are many varieties.  If you want hummingbirds to swarm your yard in the summer, plant some salvias.  It’s 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

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

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

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

Asters Steal the Show

Asters Steal the Showfeatured

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

Early Fall Pairings

Early Fall Pairingsfeatured

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

First Frost

First Frostfeatured

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


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