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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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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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ugly deck

Our Truly Terrible Deck

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We bought this house in foreclosure almost exactly 7 years ago.  There are so many things to love about it, so please read the rest of this post knowing that I’m incredibly grateful for those things and the simple fact that we have the ability to live here. Along the entire width of the back of the house is a deck.  A terrible deck.  The…

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Portland Oregon Garden Design

Garden Happenings: End of May

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We’ve had lots of visitors and trips in the last 6 weeks, so haven’t been working as much on the garden. Larger projects (ie: this year’s path project) were put on hold until schedules cleared up again, but we’ve still enjoyed as much time in the garden as possible with our guests. We’ve been able to enjoy the nice days by sitting together in the…

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April Garden Happenings

Garden Happenings: End of April

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We had some family visiting from Scotland for 10 days this month, and it happened to coincide with a return to more “normal” Spring weather — colder, on-again-off-again rain/hail, etc… And almost as soon as they left, we returned to some glorious, warm, sunshine-filled days.  Sad that our family missed some great weather, but glad that the return to colder temps while they were here…

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Late March Garden

Garden Happenings: End of March

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I spoke to my grandmother yesterday (she just turned 95!) and she reported that in her part of Connecticut they had snow again yesterday.  So I am a little sensitive about the *incredible* spring we’re enjoying here in Portland — I’m reminding myself to be grateful for all this sunshine & the warm temps. This weather has resulted in some spectacular sights in the garden,…

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THIS YEAR'S PROJECT

This Year’s Project: A Flagstone Path

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Every year we’ve lived in this house so far (we’re on our 6th year now) we’ve had at least one major project in the garden.  It started with some major overhaul, and a steep learning curve.  But in the last year or two we’ve been able to move on to some more detail-oriented projects.  In this context that means separating garden spaces with low gabion benches, adding…

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Garden Happenings - Beginning of March

Garden Happenings: Beginning of March

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We’ve been having a stunning stretch of weather, warm, dry and sunny. This means not only are there wonderful things happening plant-wise, but it also means the weather’s been great for garden projects. My Mom visited and she loves garden projects & stone yards so we did a couple of stone-related projects together, including creating a little basalt path to the hose spigot (seen above)…

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Portland Oregon Garden

Garden Happenings: End of January

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With the exception of a few stretches of chilly weather, we’re having an exceptionally mild winter here in Portland.  This means not only are the usual suspects showing signs of life (daphne, edgeworthia, crocus…) but there are signs of life everywhere you look. New growth on shrubs, lawns, perennial crowns — it’s delightful, but I’m trying to quell too much excitement because it might mean…

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