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Serendipitous Spring

I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year.  While I can’t wait for my garden to wake up in spring, I find myself wishing that it would slow down so I can keep up with the work out there. So much happening! After a hard winter  I am browsing the...

Learning from Garden Shows, Part 2

The same family-owned company that owns the Northwest Flower & Garden Show owns Portland’s Home & Garden Show. This year the gardens were the first visible parts of the show as we walked in, making it more evident that the owners want to refocus this show into...

Looking Back at the 2013 Northwest Flower & Garden Show

I’m in the throes of substantial anticipation of the 2014 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Since that is two weeks away my best option is to look back at the 2013 show and what were my highlights. As a member of the APLD’s international board, I must recognize my...

Taking Stock of My 2013 Garden

Following the example of some fellow bloggers, I decided that looking through one’s garden experiences from the past year is a great way to begin 2014. So here is a look at my garden through the year. Click on each photo for a larger view.        ...

Deer ravaged to Deer-proof

Cutting back grasses and ferns is no small task in a large garden. So I’ve begun – a little late, but working furiously. As I do so, I see my Thai spirit house garden has had visitors of the nibbling kind-probably deer. They have chewed down my Eunoymus fortunei...

I can hear the robins out there…

Snowdrops and Cyclamen are heralding spring in the midst of winter. Today is the opening day of the NW Flower Show in Seattle. For me and my good friend, Bonnie, it means an annual pilgrimage to the show beginning early tomorrow morning. This is the shot across the...