The Bloedel Reserve

We visited many beautiful places in Seattle, but none compare to the Bloedel Reserve. It was my favorite destination by far. On other trips, I’ve seen the Biltmore and Hearst Castle, which were also amazing structures built by very rich men, but neither, in my opinion, has the legacy of the Bloedel Reserve partly because…

Garden book review week at RDR

So, the bubble of spring weather we had over the weekend burst in the 30s yesterday. As you run from your car to the indoors, I bet you’re barely giving the garden a glance. Are you feeling sad? Don’t be, it is February, the cruelest of months. And, it is nearly finished. Hip, hip, hooray!!…

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries, a review

Sugar Snaps and Strawberries is the cutest title I’ve seen for a gardening book in a long time. It bucks a marketing idea which floats regularly around the web:  you must always mention your brand everywhere, in your book title, in every conversation, etc. Although a good concept, such repetition can also be boring. I’m…

Sunflowers are awesome

When your mom is in the hospital again, what do you send her? Instead of indoor plant she will later pass off to you or let die, how about a sunflower bouquet? A few weeks ago, Andy from the Sunflower Guy wrote and asked me if he could send me a sunflower bouquet for review….

Spring chores

It’s a fine spring day.  Time to do chores, like removing the leaves from the shade beds, feeding the roses and daylilies, and putting shredded leaves on the garden to break down. I’ve finally pruned nearly all of the roses and inoculated some with diatomaceous earth to try to stop cane borers.  I wrote about growing roses chemically…

Read any good books lately?

I have, and if you follow me on GoodReads.com, you might have already read my mini-reviews of these two books, but, in case you missed them . . . . Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big fan of Sharon Lovejoy’s work.  For the past twenty years, I’ve read everything she’s written, smiled at…