in search of the gardening grove

in search of the gardening grove

I’m having trouble keeping track of what’s what. There was the holiday blur, with odd hours and events, vacation days, a couple December birthdays–or maybe a dozen–I can’t really remember. And then we had the situation with weather. So extra bodies around the house, some “working from home.” I always work from home, usually with plenty O’solitude. I didn’t get much done. Read More…

Surprise Snow Storm hits Pacific Northwest: Gardeners Freak Out

Surprise Snow Storm hits Pacific Northwest: Gardeners Freak Out

You may have heard that we got an unusual bit of snow here in the Pacific Northwest. This is a rare event, and many of us have no idea what to expect in the aftermath. There are a couple opinion camps on snow itself. Those who abhor it–they’ve often moved here from snowier climes. And those who love it–generally natives who have suffered a lifetime of snow deprivation.
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Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Happy MLK Jr. day from all of us at plant lust. Gardening may not solve the problems of the world, but spending time in beauty and tranquility surely doesn’t hurt. Here’s to dreamers.


King Protea, aka Protea cynaroides

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“South Africa’s national flower, & the world’s best know Protea. This species has large upward facing blooms – up to 11” across, with pink outer bracts. Prized as a cut flower, & jaw dropping in person, it’s easy to understand why people will bend over backwards to grow this Protea outside its native range.”

Annies Annuals & Perennials


Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’

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Photo by one of our favorite world traveling garden photographers, Karl Gercens III

“Incredibly bright yellow-green foliage on a massive clump eventually reaching as high as 6 feet. If you need drama in your shade garden (and really, who doesn’t?), you need this plant.”

Arrowhead Alpines


Cyperus papyrus ‘King Tut’

A must have plant we snatch up each and every year here in our Portland gardens where they are annuals. The summer wouldn’t be the same without these elegant umbrellas.

Peace & love.

the Urban Forest

the Urban Forest

Do you have any notion of the percentage of evergreen versus deciduous trees in your area? I hadn’t given it much thought. I’ve been wanting to add conifers to my garden, not too big–and I want them to have an open canopy. But other than that, what I don’t know is a lot.

How about you. What’s your sense of trees in the Urban Forest? Read More…