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About Tom

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After years of living in some great Seattle neighborhoods, I left my teeny-tiny house in Seattle (a real-life version of the cottage I drew...

Anna & Ryan’s Wedding: Love Set Sail for Vashon Island

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Anna & Ryan: The smiles say it all Yesterday, love came to rest on Vashon Island. That’s not to say it’s not hanging around our...

Letting the Art of Nature Drift By

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 One leaf, one stream, some sun, seaweed and a whole lot of pretty. Nature can surely frame a pretty picture, and last Sunday, friends and I...

The Grow Report: Cherry Trees

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Fresh tree-ripened Stella Cherries poised for the picking. Here's an update on how my young orchard grows. Stella: Sweet Cherry, 4 years old, first harvest 2008, 3...

Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries

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Stella Cherries: the before picture; the after, no so pretty.  Metaphors come in all shapes and sizes (as do cliches), and this morning one of my favorites...
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The Best Way to Ripen Peaches

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A Ripe Peach Is Worth the Wait I love peaches too much to eat them as the rock hard flavorless orbs we've come to expect from...

Too Much Rhubarb = Too Much Good Jam

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Our unseasonably cool summer (okay, late spring) has left my tomato starts and basil shivering in their beds, drooping from a low-temperature hangover. This,...
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Summertime, and the Hammock Is Ready

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"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.  A...
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Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot: A Rose by Any Other Name...

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Souvenir de Madame Leonie Viennot, Tea Rose "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet;" Shakespeare's...

Renae, I Have Your Rhubarb

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Garden prize: first-of-the-season rhubarb There I was minding my own business waxing on about my exceptional rhubarb crop, when one of my favorite bon vivants,...