Sep 14, 2018
Late summer, easing into fall, is hands-down my favorite time of year—a bit less going on and a tad more time to enjoy it. Vacations are winding down, school's back in session, and spending less time watering allows for more time enjoying the remnants of summer still on display in my garden. ..
Sep 07, 2018
Aug 24, 2018
Unfazed by fall, these stalwart perennials finish strong—with style, and full of color. ..
Jul 06, 2018
Jun 29, 2018
In the spirit of the Independence Day holiday and just cuz it's fun to look at different and creative ways to combine plants, I've singled out three monochromatically-themed gardens: red, white and blue (with the colors loosely interpreted). ..
May 25, 2018
What's blooming at Bloomtown, my home garden? Well, I'm glad you asked 😜 ..
Jan 26, 2018
Inspiration for adding interest to the winter garden is everywhere. Garden books, magazines, and online resources are chock-full of ideas. It’s easy to extol the virtues of individual plant suggestions: colorful blooms, sexy bark, showy stems, handsome foliage, a decorative dried form, or delicious fragrance. Yup, there are some pretty fantastic winter gems on these lists and it’s easy to add one to your garden. Heck, if you’re really on top of things, you might even think about planting your new winter garden attraction where you can easily enjoy the seasonal spectacle from the cozy interior of your home when the outdoors is less than beckoning. ..
Dec 22, 2017
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 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. ..
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