Mason Bee Harvest: 2016

This has been a good year for my mason bees and they were fabulous in my garden. The apple trees were loaded with fruit and the veg garden did well. Now It is time to harvest the bees again this year. One of things I did different this year was to use cardboard tubes...

Design Tips: Falling for Grasses

Fall is one of the best times to enjoy grasses. In our climate it sometimes takes a while for the grasses (sometimes warm climate plants) to come into their glory. The late sun with its golden diffused light also plays up the colors and blooms of grasses. Grasses can...

Plants I Dig: Autumn Color

I’m again being drug into fall kicking and screaming. Slowly the soft colors start to beguile me and convince me that its just another lovely color change. But, I know in my head that winter isn’t far behind with color gone except for gray and green outside the...

Traveling Plantswoman: Zion National Park

A long awaited vacation always provides opportunity for exploration of other types of scenery. I’m always look for new types of plants or in this case a new type of gardening. This week I find myself at Zion National Park which has a diverse collection of plant...

Planning an Edible February

And just like that it’s time to start thinking about the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The theme for the show this year is “Taste of Spring – Garden’s that celebrate food”.   As I start working through the design I thought I would share a few thoughts with you! I...

Am I behind?

Sometimes you keep waiting for a moment to cut back, weed, move, etc. Then all the sudden it is too late. What to do?   Should I just leave it or should I cut it back and just deal with the consequences? It is always a dilemma in gardening. This year it has been the...

Gardening Obsession

Years ago I read a book that with a collaboration of several different authors. They shared their love of Gardening and why they do it. All with various reasons striking a cord of familiarity within me. I reflected on my particular obsession as I opened a box from...

Agapanthus (another lily by another name)

I’m not quite done with my lily theme.  Enter Agapanthus… Lily of the Nile, Agapanthus, is another wonderful summer plant. Many new cultivars are proving more and more hardy which is good for us who live in zone 7 on the edge of zone 8.   Nothing says summer quite...

A Lily By Any Other Name…

Maybe because Susan actually means ‘Lily’ do I feel a connection with lilies. They are usually bold in colors and fragrance, tough and durable in the garden. Humm… Many types of plants are called lily, from Agapanthus to Voodoo lily. Here are a few of my favorites...

Garlic Harvest

As the pumpkins start to take over the garden bed I know it is time to harvest the garlic.  You may remember that I planted garlic last fall. I can tell it is ready to harvest because the tops are starting to turn yellow. Some gardeners wait until the tops are...

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