Time to Start Dreaming

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We’re closing in on the end of our house foundation project. This is a project that’s been going on for more than a year now, and you can read more about it here & here. This project has taken over our entire lives — all our finances and all our free time. We’ve got our final inspection in just a few days, and that means we…

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Plant Combination for Autumn

Autumn Plant Combination

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Before we know it the days will be noticeably shorter, and we’ll be dressing in layers for the nip in the air. Thinking ahead to autumnal plant combinations I’m looking for something that will gracefully slide into cooler weather and take me right up to the holidays (and beyond). This combo (from top-left): Abelia grandiflora ‘Hopleys’, Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, Anenoma ‘Wild Swan’, Pennisetum ‘Rubrum’, and…

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plant combinations for late spring

Late Spring Plant Combinations

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There are so many things happening in the garden in late spring that it can be difficult to narrow down beloved plant combinations to just one or two options that I like best!   But here are a couple that I’m particularly fond of right now.  As always, I’m looking for the following criteria: The plants look beautiful for as long as possible. Different things happen at…

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The Garden in May - Portland Oregon

Garden Happenings: May

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We’ve had some early hot & dry weather here in Portland, and as a result, lots of things are blooming early & in unplanned combinations.  Things are also moving QUICKLY.  We seemed to go from late daffodils to tulips to alliums (and beyond) at such a pace that it’s all gone by in a floriferous blur.  But what can you do?  Trot outside with the…

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Lilyvilla Gardens

Green on Green Garden Tour 2015 – Part 3 of 3 – Lillyvilla Gardens

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In the first installment in this 3-post series, we visited the wonderful Danger Garden.  And in part 2 we visited the beautiful xeric garden of Greg Shepherd, co-owner of Xera Plants.  And in this final installment we’re visiting the inspirational garden of Lauren Hall-Behrens of Lillyvilla Gardens. This wasn’t the first time I’d visited Lauren’s garden, which I’d also seen featured in great books such as The…

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Plant Combination for Saturated March Color

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I was inspired by a plant combination I saw recently at Portland Nursery that combined a dark-leaved euphorbia with a multi-colored, flowering erysimum, and the silver foliage of artemesia.  I love a hit of saturated color this time of year — after months of bleak weather, contrasts of burgundy and orange really lift the spirits. So I played around with some plant combinations I could…

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Greg Shepherd's Garden

Green on Green Garden Tour 2015 – Part 2 of 3 – The Shepherd Garden

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In the first installment in this 3-post series, we visited the wonderful Danger Garden.  This time, we’re visiting the beautiful garden of Greg Shepherd, co-owner of Xera Plants. I remember first learning of Xera after moving to Portland through their unique and wonderful plants stocked at both Portland Nursery and Garden Fever — they were often plants that were new to me, and they had…

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A Winter Reprieve in Florida

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My Dad & Stepmom are part of the annual snowbird migration to Florida, and I can’t think of a better place to get away to in the winter doldrums than South Florida. It’s not exactly easy to get there from here in the Pacific Northwest, but I finally made the journey and it was exactly the right thing to raise my spirits and Vitamin D…

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Preparing a Garden for a House Project

Preparing the Garden for a House Project

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I’ve mentioned here that we’re approaching a large household project this coming Spring.  We’re having our foundation replaced.  This, of course, means lots of digging all around the house.  I’ve intentionally not planted anything meant to be permanent along the house in the 7 years we’ve lived here, except in the front, where I wanted it to look nice for curb appeal. At this point…

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Plants that are beautiful in winter

Plant Combination for Winter Beauty

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I’m spending a little time thinking about some plant combinations that really shine in the winter. Not only because it’s miserable outside, but also because I’m currently removing all the plants along the front of our house (will post about that in the future) in anticipation of a Spring basement project (foundation replacement). Some of them I’m giving away, and some I’ve put in a…

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