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

Balsamic Glazed Sweet Potatoes
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Balsamic Glazed Sweet Potatoesfeatured

Most of the recipes I plan to post on my blog are 5 ingredients or less.  These are just simple, commit-to-memory ideas to build from. Cooking is more fun when you don’t use recipes, and there is more gratification when you have just thrown something together that tastes delicious. I’m all about a 5 ingredient concept (not Read more

Featured Garden Image From My Home
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Featured Garden Image From My Homefeatured

I chose this image to show the same border in the spring that I referenced in the recent post “Salvia and Yarrow Continue to Shine”.  This photo was taken May 25.  Plants in this successful border planting include Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’, Achillea (yarrow) both ‘Moonshine’ and ‘Paprika’, Salvia guarantica ‘Hot Lips’, and Penstemon ‘Husker Red’.

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

Brushed Alpaca, Prussian Blue, Furry Coat.  Burda Wool Long Coat 08/2012 #101B
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Brushed Alpaca, Prussian Blue, Furry Coat. Burda Wool Long Coat 08/2012 #101Bfeatured

Well, it’s finally done.  I started this coat last January.  I put it aside for many months, and I decided to finish it now that the weather is cooler.  I absolutely love it–mainly because of the fabric. I purchased this very special fabric remnant on the top floor of Britex Fabrics in San Francisco about 4 years Read more

Less is More
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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
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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

Chanterelles–Get Them While You Can!
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Chanterelles–Get Them While You Can!featured

The Chanterelle mushroom is the king of all foods, in my opinion.  When prepared properly, these mushrooms outshine all other mushrooms in flavor, complexity, texture.  They are made extra special because they are unable to be cultivated in a laboratory–therefore, there is no domestic production of chanterelle mushrooms as there is for many other popular Read more

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