Snowdrops: Yes Spring Is Coming

Snowdrops: Yes Spring Is Coming

Finally we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, or should I say light in the sky for longer periods of time.    Many gardeners  say that winter is the best season.  I tend to agree but this year, I’m so done with it.   Left over plants from the garden show...
Indoor Gardening – January Beauty

Indoor Gardening – January Beauty

Cold is still gripping the outside with frost that doesn’t melt off in the daytime and ice on the ponds, even the Koi pond!  Raking the debris from storm damage has broken my bamboo rake while the leaves and branches remain stuck to the ground.  Time to turn my...
Winter Garden Tasks

Winter Garden Tasks

Now that the dead trees are gone from the front of the driveway I need to put in new screening trees.  Having a large space to work with gives me the opportunity to finally get some of the large trees I’ve been wishing for. Large trees are best viewed from a distance....
Am I behind?

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...
Fragrance in the Air

Fragrance in the Air

Summer is here. No not the blazing sun and hot nights of last year but the soft warmth with cool breezes and clouds blowing by that we in the Pacific Northwest are used too. With the summer winds comes fragrance from the garden. Sometimes the fragrance comes from...
Shady Characters

Shady Characters

Most of you know I spend a lot of time creating shade, or at least trying to. Real shade is necessary for some plants. They like to hide out in the leafy glades under big trees. Traditional shade plants can have very different structure, giving an otherworldly look to...