Travelogue: Sissinghurst Castle

For those of you who don’t know, Bill and I took a little trip to LONDON and PARIS!! Can you see me dancing a happy dance? To use another worn metaphor I’m still dancing on air. Sitting here, a cup of tea at hand, and trolling through my photos, I’m still pinching myself at how fortunate I…

Still living on Tucson time

Just back from the GWA Symposium in Tucson, I’m jet-lagged and dry as a corn husk, but I am happy. I didn’t know what to expect of Tucson or the Sonoran Desert. On maps, the area is large and brown, but in person, it is . . . Wow! I’ve driven through Arizona and stopped at…

Rose Rosette Disease in Oklahoma

Last week, when I was at the second annual Garden2Blog, I asked Allen if he’s seen any Rose Rosette Disease in Little Rock. He knew immediately what I was talking about, and he said he hadn’t seen “witch’s broom,” the more common name for what is currently being classified as a rose virus. As we…

What a garden show should be: the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Birches, chamaecyparis and confers of all types mixed with red-twigged dogwoods, hellebores and hamamelis (witch hazels) artfully blended to create scenes of Great Northwest fantasy. I heard several friends were going to the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. Tired of brown Bermuda and trees without snow, I decided to use some of my points, fly…

Butchart Gardens

Last summer, while in Seattle, Bill, the kids and I visited Victoria on Vancouver Island and Butchart Gardens. I was told I should visit, so I did, and I dragged ASW and Bear along. Poor things. This may make me very unpopular, but while I walked Butchart, I kept thinking about how it reminded me…

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…