Portland Garden in July

Our Portland Garden in July

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I know we’ve had some super hot days here and there, but I’ve really been enjoying the weather this summer. My memory may be faulty, but the stretches of days in the mid-to-low 80’s during the day, with under 60 at night, this summer have been unusually (at least in recent years) plenty — and that’s my kind of summer weather. Warm enough (but not…

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Gaillardia 'Fanfare Blaze' & Sedum 'Touchdown Teak'

The Garden in Mid-June

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Hard to believe we’re already approaching the summer solstice!  I was away for about 10 days in May, which was a rough time to be leaving the garden.  Happily, not too much happened in my absence.  And it’s been blissfully cool since my return.  I feel like that’s about to change next week, so I’m soaking it up now since it won’t be back until…

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Protecting Plants for Winter

Protecting Plants in Cold Weather

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As I write this it’s a cold, blustery, rainy November day.  I’ve been working to close down the garden for winter, which although I’ll be doing some trimming & hardscaping projects, means that all other gardening activities have ceased until February or March.  I’ve planted & moved everything in the beds that needed it, I’ve planted my spring bulbs, I’ve dug up my dahlias &…

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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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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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