Ever Expanding Peony Collection

Bartzilla Peony

I had high hopes of making it to Adelmans Peony Farm this week, but we ended up with company who had just been there, so it was back to Schreiners Iris Farm for them. Instead, I’ll show you my own ever expanding Peony Collection When we bought this house in 2009 we brought three Peonies […]

Visiting Schreiners Iris Farm

Iris Display Garden

I’m very lucky to have the wonderful Schreiners Iris farm that ships all over the US right in my back yard. There are fields and fields of beautiful irises that you can see right from the I5 freeway. But they also have a spectacular display garden, one of the nicest I have ever seen. For the […]

Its Iris Time

Mauve Iris

It’s that time of year when I get some of my most beautiful blooms. My Tulips and Daffodils are done and the Cherries and Dogwood are spent. Now is the time for the Irises. We have one of the nicest Iris farms and display gardens around and soon I will visit. Just not on Mothers […]

Weekend Garden Adventures

Olive Mill And Winery

Happy May! This is the first Monday and I had a terrific weekend. Our Master Gardener Plant Sale was a whopping success, but exhausting. I worked both Friday and Saturday. But yesterday, we went to the red Ridge Olive Mill to pick up our order of olive oil. Yes, olive trees grow in Oregon wine […]

Late Spring Flower Showtime

Blue Iris

I’m writing this post in honor of my Sister, a non-gardner, who is completely unaware of which flowers bloom after the Spring Daffodil, Tulip, and Cherry Blossom season. So, for my Sis, I’m going to post as frequently as possible when new things start blooming in my garden with some gardening tips along the way. […]

Missing Spring

Tulips And Daffodils

I just realized I’ve almost been missing Spring on my blog. My daffodils have almost come and gone. And by tulips are well on their way to fading. My Dogwood is now out in all it’s glory. Where has the Spring gone? Oh I have sort of an excuse. I’ve largely cut the cord on […]

An Early Spring

Witch Hazel Diane Closeup

Forget Punxsutawney Phil. We’re already having an early spring, and it’s not even Groundhogs Day yet.  I can’t remember when I’ve had my crocuses blooming this early, but here they are. It started about three weeks ago, when my Witch Hazel started blooming about a month early. That Witch Hazel is one that we bought […]

Lunch At The Winery

Lunch At The Winery

Today we had a wonderful lunch at the winery. It was such a pleasure to be able to eat in the Members Room, after such a long hiatus. The food was good and the view spectacular.

Happy Hanukkah All

Froggie Garden Art

I’m Back! With some wishes for a Happy Hanukkah. Here is a little about our new deck cover and my cute garden art. It’s winter, and the garden is sleepy, but still pretty.

Halos Around The Sun

Halos Around The Sun 1

This morning I managed to capture a series of really incredible pictures of halos around the sun. Interestingly, all except for the last photo, the halo was not exactly around the sun it seemed to and at the sun and form halo out somewhere else.  This one shows a bright spot at one place in […]

Waning Sun On Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

Where has the time gone? Just yesterday it was the last day of March, and here it is summer solstice. Goodness, it’s been a long time since I wrote a post. A lot has happened. Spring flowers have come and gone. Irises have bloomed and are almost completely gone. It’s now time for my daylilies. […]

Rufous Hummingbirds Are Here

Rufous Hummingbird

The Rufous Hummingbirds are here. They are early this year, although they can sometimes come as early as February. They are now here to engage in the Hummingbird Wars with our resident Anna’s. Yesterday I had two of them at my feeder, although I did not get a very good picture. I hope that I […]

Welcome The Ides Of March

Blooming Front Yard

Here it is the Ides of March in our Pacific Northwest town. Everything is really going in the garden right now. I drove downtown this week for the first time in about a week and everything has suddenly changed. The Cherries are blooming, everybody’s Daffodils are blooming, and some Rhododendrons are blooming. Everything is looking […]

Daffodil Greetings

Daffodil Greetings

In the long slog to Spring, I had some very welcome news from my garden. I was surprised and thrilled to see a lonely Daffodil blooming on the side of my house. A beautiful golden cup in a bed of sleeping sprouts greeted me as I went about pruning my clematises. There are other shoots […]

Roller Coaster Ride To Spring

Purple Crocus

  We are having quite a roller coaster ride to Spring. Just two weeks ago I showed you sprouts that are coming up in my garden for Daffodils, Tulips and even some blooms on my Snowdrops and Hellebores. Yet last week we were covered in snow, and temperatures were dipping into the low teens. I […]

I Spoke Too Soon Snow Day

Ground Feeders

I spoke too soon. Last week I was showing off my Spring shoots and flowers. Today I have three inches of snow on the ground, and I am waiting to go to the airport to fly out, with promises of freezing rain later in the day. I got quite a few photos of the snow […]

Will Spring Ever Get Here

Purple Hellebore

Will Spring ever get here? Despite what the folks in the Midwest and East are experiencing, I am seeing a few signs that Spring will get here eventually. See what I mean.

I Can’t Believe It’s Fall Already

Red Pinwheel Dahlia

Wow. I have been very lax in posting through the most beautiful part of the Summer. I just can’t believe it is Fall already. My Dahlias I planted in my new Dahlia Bed have been spectacular. And my Tomato Harvest has been the best ever. I have been a little distracted by a couple of projects I have been working on. I’ll tell you about those too.

Where Is The Summer Going

Where Is Summer Going

Where is the Summer going? It seems like it was just Spring. Now I am deadheading to make way for late Summer blooms. The garden is doing well. Come and take a look at what I have in late July.

Two Easy Frugal Garden Tips

Elephant Garlic Flower

I have a couple of easy, frugal garden tips that I wanted to pass along for how to get cheap alliums and for using recycled door mats in your garden.