Shades of Hawaii

Blue skies of Hawaii Early morning tropical breezes and spectacular sunsets still waif through my mind of an unforgettable trip with all the females in my family. Daughter, granddaughters, great granddaughters and spices of my grandsons took off for one of those family adventures we are so famous for doing... Walks, swimming, and shopping filled … Continue reading Shades of Hawaii

Hawaii is Beyond Garden Gates

Orchids from Hawaii While developing this website, I considered the name and the broad spectrum of writing about landscaping I hoped to achieve. This blog site required exploring various locations on my bucket list. as well as micro-climates and plant material found within far and away from regions beyond my garden gates. It was the … Continue reading Hawaii is Beyond Garden Gates

Lights Out?

Lights out due to power outage? When the lights go out in the house, lifestyles are disrupted on many levels. Checklists abound of things to do to prepare for power outages as well as what to do after. But where is the list on power outage affecting our garden? Surely there must be a mistake … Continue reading Lights Out?

Autumn Rain

The quiet pitter-patter sound of raindrops seeped into my dream state. The gentle rhythm carried along a magical fragrance in the air that only can be experienced with rain. In my half- dream state, my brain registered that it surely must be the irrigation system. It had to be close enough to five in the … Continue reading Autumn Rain

Beauty Abounds

After a time of flitting about British Columbia, then returning long enough to take off to the coast of California, I finally came home to roost and write. The general consensus of these trips is to declare the beauty found within our land. My annual fly fishing trip just north of Kamloops, BC always includes … Continue reading Beauty Abounds

Big Words

When speaking of such things as mycorrhizae , Philadelphus lewisii or even evapo-transpiration, it seems to mean little to those not familiar with the world of soils, plants and water. As a result, using big non-descriptive words can fail to relate to the essence of good plant growth that those same gardeners may instinctively know … Continue reading Big Words

Beyond My Garden Gate

June spells out preparing for celebrations for many of us. Typically it comes in the form of birthdays, graduations and weddings. This June is no exception for yours truly that included birthdays for two older grandchildren and graduation for the twins - the youngest of my grandchildren that live in Bend, OR. † Refreshing mulch … Continue reading Beyond My Garden Gate