Gardening

A Garden Fountain That Whispers Water

A Garden Fountain That Whispers Water

As a card-carrying Aquarian (a.k.a. the water bearer), I take my garden fountain seriously, always fine-tuning and perfecting its placement and performance for both the ear and the eye. It has to look good and sound good. So after a couple clumsy substitutions and iterations, my […]

Bulb Auger: Easy Way to Plant Bulbs

Bulb Auger: Easy Way to Plant Bulbs

If my garden were a banquet table, I would concede that sometimes I bite off more than I can chew. I dine and garden with my eyes and with little respect to time, space, quantity and boundaries. And as a friend recently pointed out that we humans […]

Ordering Bareroot Trees: What to Expect

Ordering Bareroot Trees: What to Expect

Mail-Order Trees: Who Would Have Thunk? Ordering bareroot trees is to Tom as ordering books is to Oprah. I love trees, especially unusual fruit trees, sometimes forgotten heritage varieties, and other times crazy new crosses that put the best of each parent tree into the traits of […]

I Planted a Tree for Someone’s Tomorrow

I Planted a Tree for Someone’s Tomorrow

In the summer, I begin my morning with a walk about the property, coffee cup in hand, bulldog in tow, boots adrip with dew. Daylight does not suffer lazy fools in the Pacific Northwest or so my inner voice tells me. Dawn slips in early, dusk withdraws on its […]

Tabletop Flowers: Dahlias Without Water

Tabletop Flowers: Dahlias Without Water

I had the pleasure of providing flowers for a friend’s wedding this summer, and in the process learned a thing or two about tabletop floral displays, namely that dahlia blossoms perform beautifully out of water. Who knew? I also learned that some love seems as natural, and effortless as […]

I Grow Dahlias, Dahlias Galore

I Grow Dahlias, Dahlias Galore

Let’s talk Dahlias! I try not to play favorites with flowers. Sure, a spring peony can unfurl seemingly unmatched, that is until I spot a dreamy rose moonlighting as a perfumed pillow of petals. Oh wait, would you take a look at that lily, such stature, such fragrance, […]

Decanting Your Dinnerplate Dahlias

Decanting Your Dinnerplate Dahlias

Serving up some dinnerplate dahlias Dinnerplate dahlias are no shrinking violets; their presence is bold, beautiful and often times bigger than a vase can hold, and short stems certainly don’t help matters. Because the blossoms are bodaciously broad, bud vases topple and mason jars are […]

May Flowers: What’s Blooming in My Garden

May Flowers: What’s Blooming in My Garden

May Flowers: Thank You October-Through-April Showers Each month yields its own little surprises in my garden. In May, I welcome visitors in bloom, bough, petal and seedpod, returning from a season of rest, only to burst on the scene like waving flags, sprite sparklers, lavish crowns and pulpy jewelry. And since it’s […]

First Day of Spring, the Flowers All Sing

First Day of Spring, the Flowers All Sing

The first day of spring couldn’t have come soon enough, although winter’s waning days were nothing short of halcyon — those teaser days when waterlogged memories of drenching, consuming rain evaporate from my consciousness merely by a rise in temperature, an extension of daylight, and the welcome […]

Favorite Dahlias: Bold, Brassy Garden Performers

Favorite Dahlias: Bold, Brassy Garden Performers

Dahlias are born performers, no shrinking violets they. If Ethel Merman was a flower, she’d have been a dahlia, belting, upstaging, and headlining in every corner of the garden —a bold, brassy, broad-of-a-bloomer that lives out-loud unapologetically and center stage.  And like Broadway babes, no two dahlias are alike. […]