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Opening My Garden

Belonging to a gardening group such as the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon offers an opportunity to share your garden with other members. Each year the HPSO committee creates a booklet containing a list of gardeners willing to open and share their gardens from late spring to early fall for that year. Gardeners must make […]

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My Arms Look Like Hoses

About this time of the summer, as wave after wave of heat descends on the Pacific Northwest, I find I spend an inordinate amount of time at the end of a hose. So much so that I begin to feel that in lieu of arms, I have hoses. This year has been worse than most […]

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Sharpen the Pruning Shears; I’m Ready for Spring.

It’s late January in case you hadn’t noticed. The days are getting a little longer and there’s a wee bit more sun. Time to prune! I’ve already begun with hellebores, which if I don’t clip off the old leaves, the new flowers will have a rather dismal looking skirt. Once I’ve finished with the hellebores (they are […]

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It lives! Spring is on its way…

I try to take a stroll in my garden every day. At this time of year I am on the hunt for anything in bloom. On recent walks, I’ve discovered the following: colorful Hamamelis ‘Diane’ with its thread-like red blossoms delicate Cyclmen coum fragrant Viburnum bodnantense Others I’ve discovered are Sarcococca (can’t miss its fragrance), […]

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Open Garden = Hard Work + Satisfaction

So where have I been since May? During the first week of June I traveled to Spokane, via Richland to visit family and Moses Lake to visit friend, Bruce Bailey (Heavy Petal Nursery), then speak to the Inland Empire Gardeners. The following week I took off for California to visit more family. On the way […]

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Singing the Blues

Growing Meconopsis betonicifolia

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Balance and Focal Point

Yesterday’s 2 hour garden activity involved the movement of one tree, Albizia ‘Summer Chocolate’, and several columnar conifers: 2 Chamaecyparis ‘Wissel’s Saguaro’ and 2 Alberta Spruces (Picea glauca var. albertiana ‘Conica’. The tree is being located to spread its lovely branches and shield the view of a less-than-charming storage shed. The re-arrangement of the conifers […]

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Fern Bench Progress

The fern bench is nearly complete.

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It’s fall – time for garden changes

Starting over with the lawn…

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Banana trees don’t read books

Banana pups start life with no added water and little sun.

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