Oct 20, 2017
I adore fall. All of it, and everything about it—the cooler temps, the changing light, the shifting of gears. I'm even okay with the return of rain (okay, maybe not the deluge we're experiencing at the moment, but in general it doesn't get me down). I enjoy the feeling of abundance that the garden exudes at the pinnacle of its fullness. And of course, I love the fall foliage colors. ..
Sep 15, 2017
Unfazed by fall, these stalwart perennials finish strong—with style, and full of color. ..
Sep 08, 2017
The allure of Allium stems from their charming evolution. In spring, tight buds erupt from low basal foliage, signaling the promise of blooming baubles to come; later, aging blooms extend the show. From spring until the spent orbs succumb to the ravages of time and shatter, they keep us enthralled. ..
Aug 22, 2017
Yes, summer is still in high gear in the Pacific Northwest, but it does feel as if we’re seeing the back side of the hot weather’s last hurrah. As the angle of light settles lower, a sense of the changing seasons is setting in; routines are on track for a big shift as schools ease back into session and thoughts of fall garden projects percolate into our consciousness. ..
May 05, 2017
You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief on the first sunny spring days in Portland—the city takes on an air of palpable giddiness and glee — the populace drunk on sun. ..
Mar 10, 2017
Ready for spring? Me too! I'm anxiously monitoring the fattening buds of my favorite spring bloomers as I take my daily garden strolls—between rain showers! ..
Feb 17, 2017
I'm thrilled and honored to be included in the Winter 2017 issue of Pacific Horticulture magazine, a fantastic publication for west coast gardeners. Excerpts of the current issue are available online but members receive the full publication as a print magazine, packed with excellent information for west coast gardeners and presented in gorgeous layouts. ..
Feb 14, 2017
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 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. ..
Nov 18, 2016
I believe our world could use a bit more beauty at the moment, and in that spirit, I offer up some of my top plant picks for the late season garden. Follow the links to the full plant profile, where you'll the full details plus ideas of what to plant with them. ..
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