The Fear of Missing Out in your Garden

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I’ll be away from my garden for a little while soon.  And it’s the time of year when new things are happening in the garden daily.  The Ceanothus blooms are just beginning to pop, our Trachelospermum is going to burst into bloom any day, and the first of the rose buds has colored up.  I’m going to be visiting some beautiful gardens while I’m away…

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The Garden in Early May

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We’ve reached the point in the year where the windows are open more often than not, sunscreen has taken up permanent residence on top of the dresser, and it’s been possible to go without sleeves.  The patio umbrella is out, and eating meals outside can be a regular occurrence.  Basically, it’s all the stuff I dream about longingly in January!  And the garden has responded…

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Portland Garden in Spring: Flowers

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Last year I planted 3 Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ from Annie’s Annuals, and they’re putting on quite a show (seen above) in our back garden.  There’s word that these might bloom longer than most Geums, and I’m looking forward to finding out. With the little mini heatwave we just had, the tulips are speeding right on through their glory.  With things cooling off today, I went…

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The Spring Garden

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I say this annually, but this is the most wonderful time of the year. After the clocks change and we get more daylight at the end of the day, and the weather swings wildly between chilly drizzle and (excitingly) warmer sunshine, it gives you a peek at the glorious season of growth ahead. It’s well under way, actually, and each day it’s exciting to visit…

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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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Portland Bioswale Garden

Building a Bridge Over Our Bioswale

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We’ve had drainage issues on this property.  You can read about how we’re managing some of them using bioswales: Let Me Tell You About My Bioswales. The bioswale on the south side of our property is in the middle of a path.  We did this because it will allow us to have plantings on either side in a relatively narrow space.  It hasn’t been too…

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What’s Happen in the Winter Garden

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So far winter has been relatively kind to us (*knocking on wood*) — especially after last year’s ice storm after ice storm extravaganza.  And as a result, it’s been easier to be outside noticing the slow progress towards spring.  A dip into colder weather can place some things on pause, but others are responding to the increasing light.  I know I am.  We’ve now had…

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Winter Moss

Looking Closer in the Winter Garden

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January is hard for me, and I know I’m not alone. The holidays are over, so there’s less distraction — fewer parties to give & attend, less champagne to drink, and the decorations (and especially lights) start to come down. And for someone who loves to garden, being stuck indoors because of weather, and limited daylight, takes its toll. So I do all the things…

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Decorating for Christmas - Garden Designer

Decorating for the Holidays – Lighting up the Darkness

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At the point that I’m writing this, we’re about a week away from the darkest time of year.  And this year has been better than most when it comes to sunshine.  So while it’s still pretty depressing to have only 8.5 hours of daylight (I’m easily affected by things like that), it’s been much worse in previous winters where the sun made an infrequent appearance….

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Growing Olives in Portland Oregon

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Surprised to hear we can grow olives in Portland, Oregon?  I was. Before we moved here from San Francisco 9 years ago, I had purchased a potted olive tree (Olea europaea ‘Arbequina’) from an olive oil retailer (Stonehouse? McEvoy Ranch? I can’t remember) in the Ferry Building.  We kept it in the little enclosed patio space in our rental — here’s a photo of it as a…

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Bark in the Garden: Details are Important in the Off-Season Garden

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Despite our lack of a hard frost this autumn, the garden is slowly revealing itself.  It’s shedding away the foliage of the growing season with leaves strewn around to insulate the garden beds & provide habitat for overwintering creatures.  And with the fluffy outer layers gone from many plants, it’s easier to focus on their structure & form.  One of my favorite details to include…

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