Girls Will Be Girls…..
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Girls Will Be Girls…..featured

It’s a long and twisted tale.  We decided to add a chicken coop, pen, and hens to our yard about 5 years ago–right when it was getting trendy.  Hens definitely have distinct behaviors, and the pecking order can be brutal.  Every spring we add new chicks–we either hatch them ourselves in an incubator or buy Read more

Kitty Invasion
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Kitty Invasionfeatured

I think my cat Tig knows that suddenly he is an online star, and that I have a section of my website set aside for him.  (The category ‘Pets’ is supposed to be for all of my animals, but he seems to particularly seek out the spotlight).  Today while doing my photo shoot for a future post Read more

Maples Ablaze
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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
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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
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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

365 Days of Hydrangea
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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

A Sweet Bouquet With Summer’s Last Annuals
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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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