Tag: trees

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 […]

Garry Oak: Deep Roots in the Pacific Northwest

Garry Oak: Deep Roots in the Pacific Northwest

True confession: I’m a collector of plants. I can (and do) have a greenhouse of flora, weeds, seeds, bulbs and starts, with nary an inch of space to spare, but that doesn’t mean I can’t find room for one more specimen should the opportunity arise. One summer […]

Gobbled Up by Green

Gobbled Up by Green

Keeping up with the Weedashians… If I kept a diary, no doubt I would scribe the same words of panic each spring, “Everything is growing so fast; I can’t keep up with it.” Ah but then, when my brain kicks in, I remember the verdant […]

A Foggy Day in Vashon Town

A Foggy Day in Vashon Town

Fog has been a needy companion this week, hugging our island with a fervent embrace reminiscent of a hapless guest who doesn’t understand personal space or overstaying one’s welcome. After a week, I must say the tides have turned and we’ve become reluctant friends. I […]

Madrona Tree: A Sculpture Grows

Madrona Tree: A Sculpture Grows

Madrona Tree: A Work of Art The Madrona tree seems more living sculpture than growing tree.  Gnarled limbs and twisted trunk frame the sky like arms in pose.  Old bark, cinnamon in color, flakes and sheds its skin with each storm; new bark timid in its tender coat of […]