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
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
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
This photo was taken in July 2015, and features my garden shed, chicken coop, rudbeckia (black eyed susan), monarda (bee balm), phlox, and corn poppies (papaver rhoeas). Our 2015 summer was so hot, and the heat contributed to having these particular perennials blooming at the same time.