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Easy Shade Planting in Steel Beds

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This past weekend a friend & I picked up food from Malka (used to be Carte Blanche Food Cart) at their popup at Elevator Café & Commons here in SE Portland.  Carte Blanche used to be right around the corner from our house, and to say we were obsessed is putting it mildly.  They did the popup to celebrate finally getting the permit for construction…

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Garden Containers in Vancouver, BC

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Last weekend we went to Vancouver, BC for the first time.  We met some family there, who were out from back east because it was their departure point for an Alaska cruise, and were able to see them for part of our stay.  We had a lovely time together, and I fell in love with Vancouver over the whole of the weekend. Vancouver seems to…

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Perennial Plant Containers

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Forget Christmas — this is undoubtably the most wonderful time of the year.  Once springtime hits its stride, which we’ve done a little early here this year, it means that everything launches itself into leaf and bloom, and things change on a daily (if not hourly) basis. Today is the first day I’ve got tulip blooms in the beds, but well before they were anything but bits…

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Early Spring Container Planting

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This time of year in Portland, OR, we’re teetering on the end of winter / beginning of spring. We’ve had such a mild time of it generally that we’re ahead of schedule in many ways, but like everybody else I’m still antsy with the desire for more sunshine and long days spent outside. I’m grateful we’re not facing the kind of snow much of the…

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Garden Tour: JJ & Jose De Sousa Garden

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I’m very lucky to live in Portland, Oregon, where there are beautiful gardens everywhere. Really, everywhere! And there are great organizations here that allow you to tour lots of them, like the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon, which issues a booklet to its members with dozens gardens open throughout most of the growing season. And anybody can become a member for just $35/year. I’ve seen…

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Container Gardening: New Plants 2013

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There are some beautiful new plants for 2013, and the lush combination of purple/black foliage, blue-ish foliage, and golden foliage remains a favorite. This container combo would be especially beautiful if done as a symmetrical pair flanking a patio entrance or garden gate. Here are the plants shown above: Belamcanda chinensis ‘Gone with the Wind’ Coleus ColorBlaze® Marooned™ Cedrus deodara ‘MonKinn’ Sedum ‘Cherry Tart’ Can-Can™…

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