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Colorful Foliage for Shade

In the Pacific Northwest, many homeowners have a shady spot in their garden. An old, second-growth cedar or fir might take up an entire corner, a neighbor’s giant magnolia or purple leaf plum might create a wide, encompassing shadow. 619 more words

Pacific Northwest Gardening

Photo(s) of the Day: New Landscaping

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we just got new siding on our house. The next tasks were to pain the front door to match the shutters, and to add landscaping. 65 more words


The Spring Debate

I am faced again with the semi-annual debate with my wife about when to change from winter to summer annuals in our two dozen or so pots. 232 more words


Foliage Follow-up - April 2014

This month’s foliage post features some new acquisitions, some of which are destined for the new hardy exotic border.  I am particularly pleased with the Fatsia Spidersweb which I bought from Cotswold Garden Flowers the other week.  286 more words

My Garden

Reveling in Spring!

It’s planting time!

I haven’t had a garden the past couple of years, and this year the urge is irresistible.  I’m starting with a micro garden in Earth Boxes.  273 more words

Garden & Nature


The last  few weeks I’ve spent removing the blanket of leaves from my garden.

It’s a tedious but necessary task.

Last fall John mowed up the leaves from the yard… 133 more words