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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Danger Garden Tour

Green on Green Garden Tour 2015 – Part 1 of 3 – Danger Garden

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I’m so lucky to have landed in Portland, Oregon as my home base.  Not only is it a town filled with gardeners, but it’s a town filled with garden tours.  One of the ones I look forward to each year is the Green on Green tour, which is a benefit for Albertina Kerr; who provide programs and services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental…

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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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drought tolerant plants

Drought Tolerant Plants With Year Round Interest

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We’re having a super hot, super dry summer here in Portland.  Like many places, we’re breaking records and are headed until uncharted territory.   When planning what to plant here in our garden ~6 years ago, my criteria was: low maintenance, drought tolerant, and multi-season interest.  Of course there are exceptions to this, but I try to keep them to a minimum. But even with…

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vancouver gardening

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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vines for northwest gardens

The Vines in My Life: Vines for NorthWest Gardens

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At some point, long ago before I was a full-on gardener, I read that there’s an often overlooked surface on which to garden: vertical ones.  This was before the proliferation of nifty things like Wooly Pockets that allow anyone who wanted one to create a vertical garden, indoors or out.  It was also before I was aware of the vertical gardens of Patric Blanc Vertical Gardens, which have…

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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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