Green Thumb Sunday

Bloom Day: The Roses Think It’s All About Them

But it’s not. They are the stars of the May beauty parade though with their big, beautiful blooms, and their as of now, mostly clean foliage.  Like all good Divas, who could blame them for wanting all of the spotlight for themselves. At the OHS meeting with Mike Shoup,...

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How Do We Save Print Media?

This week, the garden writing community was abuzz with news:  Meredith Publishing Company laid off 250 of  its employees, and ceased publication of Country Home Magazine. Another magazine, The Growing Edge is also shutting its doors.  This follows closely on the heels of the end of Cottage Living and...

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The Gardens and Gifted Imagination of Terra Nova

After Iseli, we boarded our buses for Terra Nova Nurseries in Canby, Oregon.  If you’ve ever purchased an unusual Heuchera like ‘Mahogany’ or an Echinacea like ‘Pink Double Delight’ (both favorites in my garden) you’ve probably bought one hybridized by Terra Nova.  While we were there, the botanists/biologists explained...

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GTS and Sunday Stroll: Iseli Nursery

As it states in its brochure, Iseli Nursery sits at the bottom of Mount Hood in Boring, Oregon.  The views surrounding the nursery are inspiring, and in the clouded light of midday,  the effect was magical.  However, I wish I could bring you “smell-a-vision.”  The scent of pines, cypress,...

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The Lazy, Crazy Days of Late Summer

There’s a frenetic energy in the garden now. When I open the gate, the air is abuzz. With their voracious appetites, caterpillars munch to attain maximum girth before pupating. Adult Monarchs gather strength before continuing on their journey to Mexico. Where only weeks ago, the bees, wasps, hummingbird moths...

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