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Keeping Vashon Neighborly

Keeping Vashon Neighborly

After a recent trip to Seattle, I sat on the ferry feeling as though I had visited the moons of Jupiter, or at least been witness to the Northwest equivalent of the bar scene in Star Wars. I didn’t recognize Seattle and she didn’t recognize […]

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, […]

Mirabelle Plum: Nature’s Little Gumdrop

Mirabelle Plum: Nature’s Little Gumdrop

I like to try out fruit trees like some folks enjoy trying on shoes. So many fruit trees, so little time, and with each success, failure has likely played its part. As with shoes, you don’t ask a loafer to go hiking, or a sandal to play basketball, nor do […]

Peach Melba Pie Takes Center Stage

Peach Melba Pie Takes Center Stage

French chef and restaurateur Auguste Escoffier created the original Peach Melba dessert in honor of 1890s songbird Nellie Melba. (Melba toast is another story.) The simple, albeit spot-on fresh fruit dessert calls for the inspired pairing of raspberries and peaches, pureed and poached, respectively. I’ve made it […]

Nanaimo Peach Tree: Finally a Homegrown Peach

Nanaimo Peach Tree: Finally a Homegrown Peach

Spend a few minutes on my blog perusing summer posts, and you’ll easily grasp my love of growing and eating fresh fruit, and note my undeniable love of the peach, especially. Well after twelve years of trying to harvest a decent peach on an island better […]

The Bold, Brief Life of Brown Betty

The Bold, Brief Life of Brown Betty

Sad news is a truth I’m wary of sharing, but my plucky hen Brown Betty deserves her day in the sun, and unfortunately a day in the sun is what did her in. As you may recall, the craftiest bird on the block, is, well was, my buff […]

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 […]

How to Make a Berry Picking Bucket

How to Make a Berry Picking Bucket

DIY Berry Picking Bucket Video A bountiful morning when you have the right tools. Berry (and cherry) picking is serious business; you pick a few, eat a few, then try to get them in the berry picking bucket or basket without spilling your handful from a high altitude. And […]

In Tall Clover: My Little Local Radio Show

In Tall Clover: My Little Local Radio Show

New Flash! I have my own radio show, called “In Tall Clover,” airing on the KVSH Voice of Vashon (VOV) at 101.9 FM locally. An extension of my blog, with an infusion of local talk, happenings, a few songs and a couple characters, “In Tall Clover” is my first […]

Rebuilding My Porch and DIY Credibility

Rebuilding My Porch and DIY Credibility

I keep a mental to-do list, a growing index of things I want to get done, or more importantly that need my attention, or better put, needed my attention yesterday, and the day before that, and the day before…. Well you get the idea. Some tasks have been […]