Field Trip: Gossler Farms

Field Trip: Gossler Farms

Our second nursery stop on the Springfield caper was the famous Gossler Farms. We love them so much. Not only are their plants awesome, they were our very first participating nursery on plant lust–on the site and on our online beta Marketplace. Boy, what I didn’t know about plants back we when we began was a lot. It sure kick-started me into researching and studying, I can tell you that. And it was such a fun place to start. Gosslers’ plants are cool. (more…)

Field Trip: Bloom River Nursery

Field Trip: Bloom River Nursery

Megan and I trekked to Springfield, Oregon, a couple weekends ago–to visit two of our fabulous contributing nurseries. Bloom River and Gossler Farms are in beta testing with us for our online Marketplace. It’s plant shopping online–all in one spot, and from the comfort of your cozy sofa. But if you’re lucky enough to live near a nursery, hie thee to their physical location. You’ll be glad you did, I promise.

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Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

It’s a sunny All Saint’s Eve around these parts. But rumor has it, that’s all done. It was so gorgeous while it lasted. I meant to take a photo of the Ashe Magnolia in its fiery glory, but by the time I got back to it the following day, the wind had had its way. Photo for illustrative purposes only. There’s no time for careful light-condition planning. See explanation of my-life-not-being-my-own-these-days bellow.

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HPSO Fall Fest Lecture: Sean Hogan on deck

HPSO Fall Fest Lecture: Sean Hogan on deck

The Hardy Plant Society of Oregon holds a giant spring sale–and also a smaller Fall Sale. Oh, there is still a gaggle of crazy gardeners vying for fabulous plants, but the fall sale is a little more mellow than spring’s Black Friday crush. And a great feature of the fall event is an opening lecture by a groovy plantsperson. This year, the incomparable Sean Hogan of Cistus Nursery with a talk on his top 40 plants.  (more…)

gardens NOT in process: do such things exist?

gardens NOT in process: do such things exist?

Okay. I understand the concept of continued maintenance. But dear lord, am I ever going to look out there and not see a mess? Is it like that for everyone? Or is this my particular mental health issue? Our youngest kid had a birthday in July. We celebrated at a favorite haunt, Santa Fe Taqueria on NW 23rd in Portland. Yes, that’s an Oregon Weedery sign in the background. Across the street the other direction, the perpetual line at Salt & Straw Ice Creamery.

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Santa Barbara garden via Airbnb: part 2

Santa Barbara garden via Airbnb: part 2

Sometimes I marvel when I look back at all the photos. I also worry a little that I missed a lot by constantly taking pictures instead of just using my eyeballs. But that’s not right, because I wouldn’t remember if I hadn’t taken the snap. I dunno. There must be a good balance in there somewhere. What say ye? (more…)