There are dahlias blooming and it’s not even July yet! This seems remarkably early to me.Continue reading “The First Dahlias of the Season”
This is what I planted:
This is what it looks like now:Continue reading “I Like To Plant Flowers”
Sarah Raven recommends seating cut flower stems in boiling water for a few seconds to a minute to improve base life.
It sounds a little crazy to me – why would cooking the stems keep the flowers alive longer?? – but she swears by it, so I’m willing to give it a try.Continue reading “Searing Flower Stems”
After work this week, I scrounged up some pots for the new starts I have.
I think the square footage available in the front yard is plenty, but I just have made the most optimal use of it this year. So plants in pots it is.Continue reading “Finding Pots for Plants”
Happy Solstice! I love this time of year. It’s hard to believe that it’s been a full 6 months since the winter solstice and that the days are going to start getting shorter. That means fall is coming, but summer hasn’t even really started for us in the PNW!
It was so fitting that I found the first ripe raspberries of the summer last night.
It can officially be summer now.Continue reading “The First Raspberries of Summer”
I was in Multnomah Village yesterday and came across a community garden with a pile of plant starts out front.
At first I thought they were for sale, but the signs said “Feel free to take as many as you can grow. Whatever you grow: Use what you can. Donate the rest to our food pantry.” How nice!Continue reading “More Plants!”
The peonies are juuust starting to open up.
I picked one for a small vase.Continue reading “Early Peony Blooms”
One of my gardening resolutions this year was to pay attention to the bugs and other critters that I see in the garden. I’d been slacking on that goal until this guy caught my eye:
I found it crawling along a weed next to the raised beds in the back of the house. The distinctive red and black cross on the back wasn’t something I’d seen before.Continue reading “Whitecrossed Seed Bug”
I was off work Monday to Wednesday last week and I came into my office on Thursday morning to find this:Continue reading “Thornless Boysenberries”
Just rhododendrons this time
I was hoping the peonies would be blooming by now, but not quite.
Many peonies in the neighborhood have started blooming.
These are some really stunning two-tone peonies from one of my favorite front yards in the neighborhood.