screening with a little peek

screening with a little peek

Oh sure, big dense laurel hedges have their place–but only if you live in English Manor. I don’t seem as interested in the total privacy I hear other people talk about. I’m more attracted to screening that allows light through, especially in the dark months, and the opportunity to see what’s going on out there. Always something, right? Read More…

I thank you, rain gods

I thank you, rain gods

And the Jasmine Bed thanks you.

I swear, after that first drenching rain, you can feel the earth breathing a sign of relief. And if it’s not asking too much, rain gods, it would be lovely if this year, you could spread the wealth. A little more here: a little less there, you know, something like that. In fact, instead of the notion of wealth distribution, it’d probably be better to think of the rain more like a pot luck, wherein everyone brings a favorite dish–to share–and no one goes away hungry. Could you do it like that, huh, Rain Gods?

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new shade bed on the rise

new shade bed on the rise

It’s hitting that time of year when my gardening enthusiasm wanes. Is that going on with everyone?

When I feel first hints of fall, my thoughts turn to “holiday season.” I love the lights and parties and activities–though in truth, my notions are far more complex that my execution. Especially since the fall and winter season always go so fast–similar to that scene in Romancing the Stone, wherein Joan Wilder and Jack T. Colton take a wild ride down a mud chute. Kinda like that.

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a garden tour: Heldreth’s Paradise

a garden tour: Heldreth’s Paradise

Recently the Heldreths held an open garden for fellow bloggers. We’d seen snippets of Laura & Charlie Heldreth’s garden in photographs, but most of us had not visited in person–and never en masse. If you’re a plant nerd, you know there is nothing better than kibitzing with other gardeners. No worries about dirt under your fingernails in this crowd. Read More…

if you please, build me a path: part 2

if you please, build me a path: part 2

Last week, I tried to tell the story of our new paths and patio. In truth, I got a little sidetracked. And then there’s the pesky issue of the snaps. For Pete’s sake: how do people get photos that do not include hoses, buckets, and tools dropped in their tracks? Not to mention photo-bombing by a wily pooch. Geeze Louise. Read More…

if you please, build me a path: part 1

if you please, build me a path: part 1

I’ve been talking about paths and patio ever since we moved into our mid-century ranch house some 2+ years ago. I’ve consulted with trained professional, gotten sketches, drawn my own diagrams, saved a million examples on Pinterest. Sometimes it seemed all I was ever going to do is talk. And then I found inspiration.

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a garden tour: designer Vanessa Gardner Nagel

a garden tour: designer Vanessa Gardner Nagel

I love getting into other people’s gardens. And when the gardener is also a professional designer, it’s an extra dose of fun. This weekend, Vanessa Nagel-Gardner opened her personal as part of the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon Open Gardens 2016. It’s a terrific opportunity to see fabulous gardens, and for a joining fee of $35, an absolute bargain. You can tour April thru October around Portland environs, so check your local listings for opportunities near you.

I’d like to take a moment to thank all you terrific gardeners willing to host these events. We all know how much work goes into it. Such generosity exists!

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