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 →

First of the Year

  In the past I've just nipped off Hellebore blossoms and floated them in a bowl. Pretty, but today I went foraging in my garden. (Can I call it "foraging" if I'm not collecting food?)

Best Links Part 1

"Link Love" I have a tendency to leave a ridiculous number of tabs open on my browser. I really can't be bothered keeping bookmarks, is that even done anymore? I'll pin relevant things to my many Pinterest boards, but some things just don't fit, or don't have a "pinable" picture. So I've decided to to... Continue Reading →

More Winter Interest

More Winter Interest This time of year there are lots of blog posts about having multi-season interest, and especially Winter interest, in your garden. I love THIS from The Gardener's Eden. Beautiful colour, strong contrast, everything you could want to take your mind off the bone shattering cold. Or fromĀ Monrovia's Top 7 Garden Trends for... Continue Reading →

Hamamelis and Hummers–5 Things

Hummingbirds and Witch-hazel. I don't know how this escaped my notice all these years, but it appears that the hummingbirds LOVE Witch-hazel--Hamamelis. The boys and girls were out there this morning drinking to their hearts' content. I scoured Google images for one of a Hummingbird enjoying the nectar of the Hamamelis, without success. And try... Continue Reading →

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