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
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
The movement caught my eye as something lumbered over the blades of tall grass felled by the orange whips of the weed eater. The release of the weed eater handle stopped the engine from it's continued path for this was a creature I was happy to see. There was my old buddy, Mr. Toad. It … Continue reading Ribit
The Poppies of Tuscany There seems to be some confusion about this week's holiday and what is to be remembered or to be thankful for. Plus, it seems the more I read, even the flower representing this holiday was a mystery. With that being said, let's clarify the dates. Memorial Day itself is always held … Continue reading Who is Confused?
Hillside planting has to be one of the most challenging types of landscaping for so many reasons including erosion, keeping water directed to the root system of plants without runoff, and providing decent soil for the roots to take hold in during initial planting. Just describing issues around hillside planting finds me exhausted! With that … Continue reading Hilly Challenges
Helleborus and Vinca minor in dry land shade garden Over the years, there are two micro climate areas that seem to stump the best of gardeners for a successful outcome. One is hillside planting that I will address next week, and the other is plants to use in dry shade areas. Yet there are wonderful … Continue reading Dry Shade Winners
Family Cabin Last weekend my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren met at our little log cabin for the celebration of spring birthdays and the commencement of converting the large garage into a bunk house for this ever-expanding family. During the course of the weekend, various ideas flew about which I found of interest. While many … Continue reading Pictures on the wall
The springtime sun casts a special morning glow on flowers waking from their long winter's nap. As I walk around the garden, it is apparent it isn't only the flowers that are showing off. The thrum of busy bumblebees can be heard gathering nectar from the flowers and telling the story that spring is here. … Continue reading They’re Back
There are several methods of controlling weeds in a garden. Some of those methods can be toxic while others can be kind of fun and far more benign for the environment! Did I say that weeding a garden can be fun, or am I employing the Tom Sawyer-Huck Finn methodology to fool you into a … Continue reading A Fun Kind of Weeding?
Emerging spring iris among a rusty old tool It's spring. The morning chores can't be completed fast enough. Excitement courses through my body as I recall it did just before Christmas as a child. The difference is the gifts awaiting for this gardener include watching plants come alive after a long winter's nap, and watching … Continue reading Like a Child at Christmas