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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 garden for dead […]

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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 something that will eventually look more like the […]

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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 fellow members’ efforts in the following […]

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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.                     […]

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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 ‘Moonshadow’ to what looks like the […]

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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 bow of winter and our first fix […]

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What a month!

December 2009 was quite a month. Besides the usual holiday hustle, we had a week’s worth of freezing weather and then a couple of days of snow. Icy days I was prepared for. I covered things that needed covering out in the garden, except for the 8 foot tall Eucalyptus that died back to the […]

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Staying ahead of Mother Nature

The front walk focal point project is at a standstill for a bit while I finish putting plants in the ground to stay ahead of Mother Nature. We are expecting our first hard freeze this coming weekend. So my attention has turned to assuring that plants that could be borderline hardy have their roots in […]

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Ruthless Garden Editing

It’s hard to believe that today begins the month of November, but it’s undeniably here. In my own garden I am busily moving plants around that either did not perform well in their current sites or would look better somewhere else. This fall I am doing what I wanted to do last fall and spring, […]

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Batten Down the Hatches!

Today is a Pacific NW stormy kind of day. Lots of wind and rain! When it’s pouring outside, it is an excellent time to see where the water is going (or staying) and plan how to change it, should you need to. Since developers put in new houses on the property behind us, we have […]

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