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Jan 11, 2010
I spent the weekend visiting friends at their farm down by Florence, Oregon. It was a relaxing weekend, thanks for asking. But it wasn’t all fun and games. I learned something about my dear...
Jan 1, 2010
Not that I’m ready to take my tree down – it took forever to set it up and decorate it and I’m not about to cut the experience short. But when the time comes and the tree starts to look sad, I...
Dec 28, 2009
plants in winter
For the holidays this year, I got out of town – and into the woods. A friend offered the gift of her lakeside cabin for a week. It was incredibly quiet and peaceful – perfect for reading books...
Dec 19, 2009
Just up on the Portland Monthly website – a piece I wrote about winter birds – Winged Wonders. I love Garrett’s stylish illustrations of our native bird species. Make sure you click on the slide...
Dec 14, 2009
The best gardening gifts of all are simple things that are useful, well-made and pleasurable to use.
With the holiday season now upon us, I offer my list of handy tools and inspiration that...
Dec 11, 2009
The ground may still be rock-hard and cold but all is not lost. This morning, I noticed plenty of lovely hellebores that are frozen solid but by no means dead – just hanging on until the the...
Dec 5, 2009
Remember the big freeze last year? The Portland area saw icy winds and temperatures in the teens and low 20s for days on end. I don’t know about you, but I lost a few plants: a voluptuous...
Dec 3, 2009
I returned from my Antipodal travels to a teetering stack of mail, on top of which sat the Portland Community College Winter 2010 class schedule. Naturally, I opened it up to the horticulture...
Nov 28, 2009
More Garden Visits
I am not often completely dazzled by public gardens, but this extraordinary Australian garden and its attendant buildings, art and hardscaping knocked my socks off.
Developed over the past...
Nov 24, 2009
Like most Australian cities, Adelaide has several botanical gardens dotted around the city. I visited two during my short visit to that city. The larger one was the Adelaide Botanic...
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