May your explosions be of the quiet variety. (more…)
A friend recently asked about this plant in my garden, and I couldn’t think of the name. But can you blame me? How am I supposed to keep track of all these things I buy and plant willy nilly. I figure it’s better than letting them go distressed as I wring my hands worrying about the perfect site. Am I alone on this front? Or is just this part of that ten thousand count–wherein gardeners buy and have no idea where they’re going to plant? I strive to be better. But I am not.
I swore I wasn’t going to buy any new plants before I had my garden weeded, composted, and rearranged. Hahahaha. Turns out that wasn’t true, and it never has been. Bloggers from our area were recently invited to Little Prince of Oregon for a shopping spree. All bets and all budgets were off. (more…)
Just saying, if you’ve got the shade and the zone, 6a-8b, grow this awesome plant. Podophyllum pleianthum aka Chinese Mayapple is big and splashy, and not the least demanding. Plant in moist organic soil–and then stand back and swoon. (more…)
Recently Evan Bean aka the Practical Plant Geek solicited tree suggestions on the PNW Plant Geeks Facebook page. I love this game, and it seems I’m in good company. He might as well have shot a starter pistol. Tree ideas: Go! (more…)
The weather gods must be having a good laugh. Some gardeners in the Pacific Northwest got a little ahead of themselves, imagining it was already spring. Guilty. I came darn close to digging and dividing a few plants. Let’s hear it for procrastination. (more…)
I stopped by the Lan Su Chinese Gardens last weekend–on a mission to identify a couple of plants–like the Jasmine in this post. Bill came along because my husband is an all-around nice guy and good sport. And it’s not a terrible place to visit, even if you’re not an avid gardener. (more…)
May all your heartthrobs grow true. (more…)
Jasmines fall into the I-never-met-a-jasmine-I-didn’t-like category. Funny thing is, I thought I had it all sorted out when it comes to this groovy Jasmine Trachelospermum asiaticum ‘Red Top’. (more…)
Usually I remember the history of my plants. But this Leycesteria formosa aka Himalayan Honeysuckle has got me flummoxed. I must have purchased it, but I sure don’t remember. Or perhaps I got it at the local bloggers’ exchange?