Enter INTO Your Garden

Another article from the home-and-garden website Houzz: 8 Ways a Garden Can draw You In. I'll write a post of my own on this subject in the future, and I've alluded to it in various past posts. (I'm always looking for ways to encourage residents/families to get out into the garden, not just look at... Continue Reading →

Best Links Part 2

This was going to be a regular feature-- I didn't mean it to be an biennial feature! Washing birch trees??? How much time do you spend outside? "The science has shown that, although we think we like nature, we undervalue how much it helps us—how good it makes us feel." Soil is a living breathing... Continue Reading →

More Floral Design

I can't pretend these are "good" floral designs, just opportunities to get the most out of the garden--seeing it outside but also bringing it inside. Westerland Rose, Europeana rose, Boxwood stems, Leycesteria formosa--which I won't bother with again, it only lasts one day. Octavia Hill rose, Karl Rosenfeld Peony, Turk's cap lily, Euphorbia characias, bracken... Continue Reading →

Few New Bouquets

Haven't posted any bouquet pics since late last summer, but since some of my roses have been doing well, likewise peonies and filler flowers and greenery, it's time for a reveal: Festiva Maxima peony, Westerland Rose, Victoria California Lilac, Alba Camassia, Julia Child Rose, an amazing plum coloured iris the name of which I dis-remember,... Continue Reading →

Colour Combos

I follow a lot of garden and landscape design writers/websites, but few are as practical as eGardenGo, a Portland Oregon based site with a main purpose of demonstrating great plant combinations. Any site that has a Pacific Northwest focus gets extra points from me; it means I can assume a lot of applicability right off... Continue Reading →

Floral Arrangements

I determined this year to create more bouquets/floral arrangements than usual, altho' I wasn't sure how that would happen, since I've always thought I have a pretty colourless summer garden. As it turns out, even without the surprising dahlias ( I'm terrible at growing dahlias, unless they're ones I don't like), I actually have quite... Continue Reading →

Bees A-Buzzin’

I can't help myself. If I hear bees a-buzzin' and I think I can video them I have to do it. Can someone ID this bee for me? If I knew how, I'd have edited out that horrible Skytrain roar at the end... A few minutes earlier there was a giant bumble bee (I imagine... Continue Reading →

Viewpoint Part II, and Ferns

Take Advantage of Timing Yesterday I mentioned the two ephemerals Sanguinaria (bloodwort) and Erythronium (trout lily). The Sanguinaria was coming up under the foliage of the Asplenium (hart's tongue fern), and the Erythronium is concealed behind the Buxus (boxwood). But spring ephemerals are perennials that erupt, bloom, set seed and "die back" all in spring,... Continue Reading →

Whose Viewpoint?

I've posted too little over the last two years, so with this forced isolation still upon us, I think I'll try to post a little something most days. Remains to be seen--it always takes longer to write than I think it's going to... So for today, it's about your viewpoint. This is the view from... Continue Reading →

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