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 House and Garden. I don’t know…

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 how they create the test tube…

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, and cedars hung in the air….

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 and butterflies moved methodically around the…

Red Sky At Night

While thunder rumbled around us (not too close,) and the skies went from cloudy to clear to cloudy again, HH, ASW and I cleared brush on the 6.5 acres of our property other than garden. Many of our trees have an unfortunate growth habit. Their branches grow downward as if the leaves are trying to…

Ten Daylilies For Ten Dollars

Ten daylilies for ten dollars or less. Each. You didn’t think this was one of those crazy ads at the back of a gardening magazine did you? “Grow luscious peaches on your garden deck for only pennies a day!!! But, wait, wait, there’s more!” No, it’s not that kind of post, but because I felt…