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GBFD – Spring foliage

Welcome to GBFD, a day to celebrate the foliage backbone of the garden.

After a glorious sunny, spring-like day on Friday today is grey with a cold wind; so not a day to enjoy being in the garden at all.  396 more words


Plant Nerd Night 2015 - crowds, people and nerds... and plants!

Last Friday, I went to my life’s second Plant Nerd Night. It is an annual plant geek revelry, hosted by Mike Darcy, local radio… 1,143 more words


Rock Rose

I love the happy blooms of the rock rose (Cistus ladaniferus). These were just little plugs when I planted them in March/April.

Now, they have started to fill out nicely and are covered in blooms: 111 more words


On Rock Roses and Being Real

It’s springtime in Australia. Everywhere is blooming, buzzing and alive…it’s the season of growth and showiness in the plant world; just outside my window I have been watching a mass of delicate flowers opening and turning their faces towards the spring sunshine each day. 304 more words

Life And Learning

Nasturtiums and winter jasmine – surely not.

The garden is happy but perhaps confused. I wanted to bring in some flowers the other day and found this charming combination of nasturtiums and winter jasmine. 199 more words


Drought Tolerant Plantings: A Review of Riverplace and South Waterfront, Summer ‘12 (updated Aug. ’14)


The following is an evaluation I initially did while still working for Portland Parks and Recreation.  I’ve edited it a bit and added a few things to make it more current.   8,221 more words