Gardening

Fruit Tree Nurseries

Fruit Tree Nurseries

My growing list of Fruit Tree Nurseries I get a lot of questions from readers about where to buy fruit trees and berries, so I’ll be adding a series of link pages to the top menu bar, under uh, “Links.” (I’m such a clever fellow.) […]

Sticks and Stones Have Found a Home

Sticks and Stones Have Found a Home

Sticks and stones never looked so good. Sticks and Stones may break my bones, and render my lawnmower useless. Not quite the child’s rhyme, but with soil that heaves up glacial rubble and trees that sneeze sticks, I’m constantly dodging the byproducts of Mother Nature’s […]

Video: Early September Garden Tour

Video: Early September Garden Tour

Garden Tour, Front Field It’s been about a month (a very dry month) since my last garden tour video. Here’s the latest look at my vegetable garden in early September. Cameo appearances by Boz and Gracie. (Special thanks to Richele at Lumika Creative) Related: Earlier Tour […]

Homegrown Video: How Does My Garden Grow?

Homegrown Video: How Does My Garden Grow?

Homegrown Video and What’s in my GardenKale starts, two months later you did me proud. Having discovered the video setting on my point-and-shoot camera, has emboldened me to embrace my inner Scorsese. I fear my first attempts are home-movie bad, but bear with me and […]

Lawn to Meadow: Gardening on the Wild Side

Lawn to Meadow: Gardening on the Wild Side

Lawn to Meadow: A Lovely TransitionLeft to their own devices, scattered foxglove seeds will stage a powerfully pink floor show and reseed for years to come. While my gardens have never been manicured, I did find myself instituting design ideas and practices based on urban […]

Flower Aristocracy: Grand Dames of the Garden

Flower Aristocracy: Grand Dames of the Garden

Regale Lily, one of my favorite flowers, beautiful, fragrant and easy to grow. As a guest speaker at the Vashon Island Garden Tour, I’m about to grab my gardening soapbox and expound on the wonders of my favorite flowers: Roses, Peonies, Lilies and Dahlias.  I […]

War of the Roses: Behind the Scenes

War of the Roses: Behind the Scenes

A bent wheelbarrow tells part of the story My projects are aplenty, and it goes without saying some due tasks are less desirable than others. Case in point: digging up and removing dead rose bushes and the legions of weeds that aided in their demise. […]

Francois Dubreuil: The Little Red Rose That Could

Francois Dubreuil: The Little Red Rose That Could

Francois Dubreuil and I go way back, both having been transplanted from Seattle close to a decade ago.  As a rose, he is a mess, but under the caterpillar-munched leaves and feeble habit lives a fighter. He’s my rosebush counterpart to Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree. […]

Lewisia: My Favorite Martian Flower

Lewisia: My Favorite Martian Flower

I have a theory, that the fleshy-leaf, flower-flashing Lewisia (aka bitterroot) is not of this world.  Horticulturalists will tell you the diminutive beauty was discovered by and named after explorer Meriwether Lewis on his expedition through the Siskiyou Mountains of Oregon, but I have a […]

Dogwood Bough Under a Big Dipper Sky

Dogwood Bough Under a Big Dipper Sky

My front porch is for company, the back porch for me. It’s my take-five spot, a compact stoop just barely big enough for a big guy and two big bulldogs. The paint-deprived rail supports an arm’s reach and everything from a cup of coffee to […]