Fairy parasols perhaps?

Did you know at least some Japanese maples bloom? They do.  Many of mine are now sending out tiny, hovering umbrellas under which only a fairy could find shade. Do you think the fairies hold tea parties beneath and carry their Lilliputian parasols aloft as they sip cups of Sencha or Gyokuro ? I like…

Flowers Which Never Fade

It’s 31F here, and starting tonight, we’re supposed to have ice showers, sleet and other slippery stuff for the next two days; so, my Sunday Stroll will be an indoor edition. While ironing pillowcases for my newly changed bed, I reflected on how many of them incorporate flowers and how much I love to iron…

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…