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 →

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 →

Winter Projects Part 1

Winter Projects Part 1 Those pictures are from a few years ago. I want to see the garden looking like above, but this is what it looks like now: I've written about pruning your Hellebores several times before, so now I just want to amend the suggestions. Specifically, leave the foliage if you don't need... Continue Reading →

Before and After

Last week Facebook kindly reminded me of pictures I posted that date nine years earlier. They were pics of my garden. So I went out that day--fortunately a nice day for taking pictures, unlike every day since--and tried to capture the same angles. I'm not the greatest photographer in the world, and with 9 years... Continue Reading →

A Word About Concrete Patios

I had an inquiry the other day about a concrete patio--I was being asked to build one, which I don't do. But I did reply with questions she'd want to consider before committing to a design and a contractor. I've googled a bunch of images that illustrate dos and don'ts of concrete patios: Size One... Continue Reading →

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