Asters Steal the Show

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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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