Feb 14, 2017
Feb 10, 2017
Even a common, ubiquitous plant can be elevated by its association with a complementary partner — just like two musicians, each player adds perfectly-timed contributions of foliage, flower, fragrance, or other pleasing attribute, and the song is made. ..
Feb 03, 2017
Small lots, big houses—whatever the reason, outdoor space is often at a premium in the typical urban plot. Our appetite for smaller garden plants is not slowing down, but lucky for us, our friends in the nursery trade have responded by introducing a bevy of compact and slow-growing plants. ..
Jan 27, 2017
These easy-care perennials may be low-maintenance, but they are high value assets when it comes to creating garden vignettes that will look fantastic in your garden month after month — they give, give, give, and ask for so little in return! All of the perennials on this list will thrive on a well-timed, once-a-year maintenance task. The secret is in knowing what to do, when to do it, and what clues to look for to help figure it out. ..
Jan 20, 2017
Among the most common garden challenges homeowners encounter when landscaping their homes is the need to create privacy, screen an unsightly view, or divide outdoor spaces into distinct living areas. Selecting the right plants for the job is essential to ensure success and these five tips will get you going in the right direction. ..
Jan 13, 2017
Jan 10, 2017
In 1999, Jenn and Dan Ferrante acquired a corner lot in the North Portland neighborhood of Overlook. Looking at it today, a charming craftsman home, expertly tended, surrounded by lush gardens and artful details, it’s hard to imagine its humble beginnings. But they bought the house as a fixer-upper, when the exterior spaces were overgrown and unkempt. ..
Jan 06, 2017
Darcy Daniels, founder and creative force behind eGardenGo will be presenting two seminar topics at the 2017 Northwest Flower and Garden Show. ..
Dec 17, 2016
Included here are some of my favorite photos of winter scenes captured here at Bloomtown, my home garden, over the last couple of weeks. Typical winter weather is comparatively mild here in NE Portland – we usually get a skiff, sometimes more, of snow each year and the periodic ice storm. Below you'll find a couple of overall scenes from my garden showing some of my trees and shrubs bending under the weight of ice and snow. Love the snow, hate the ice. The ice, though beautiful, wreaks horrendous damage on gardens, trees and homes. I'm fortunate, as most seem to be bouncing back and don't appear to have sustained severe, lasting damage. ..
Dec 16, 2016
Unless you’re a heckuva lot tougher than me, working outdoors during this time of year has less appeal. However, the snow, ice and inclement weather of the season has a silver lining. Tucked away indoors, insulated from the perpetual pull of garden tasks, I'm free to indulge in guilt-free garden dreaming. It’s a perfect time to settle-in and cozy-up, to revel in the current year's successes, mull over trouble spots, and set my sights on planning for next year's garden. ..
Dec 15, 2016
What a month to participate in my first Garden Bloggers Bloom Day, a blogging tradition started by May Dream Gardens! I'll only have few photos to contribute this month, as blooms are pretty spare out in my garden at the moment. Even just a week and half ago my offerings would have been much, much different as we've had a very mild launch into the winter season with temps well above normal so I had quite a few late summer blooms hanging-in here and there. ..
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