Friday, August 27, 2010


This adorable pup is just 4 months old weighing in at 33 lbs!  He has a destructive (but oddly enduring because I know it won't last) habit of leaning up against my tall perennials and collapsing upon them.  The first couple of times he did it I became alarmed thinking something was wrong.  But no, he just wanted a cool place to lie down.  I have had more than my fair share of damage caused by large over zealous puppies.  Usually I become hysterical chasing them all over the place only to make the situation far worse.  My approach now is to turn away and keep in mind that this too shall pass and that next summer this particular puppy will be grown and my perennials will have yet another chance at survival. At least that is what I am hoping for.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments - Janet Kilburn Phillips

Monday, August 16, 2010


This pic was sent to me by a visitor to my cutting garden.  A lovely lady (visiting from West Virginia) and her daughter (featured in the photo) stopped by hoping to see a field of lavender.  What they found instead was the beginning stages of my cutting garden and the final stages of my lavender.  However, they were very sweet and complimentary and seemed to be very pleased with what they saw.  They were especially impressed with the size of the Shasta Daisies, hence the photo. As you can see she isn't attempting to eat them,  just smelling.  They went home with plenty of cut flowers and lavender to enjoy.  It was a delight to have them stop by, as I haven't officially been open for business for awhile now, and haven't had the chance to talk "flowers" with visitors.  I truly hope that when they are in town again they will have the opportunity to drop in.  There should be new flowers to smell and cut and young fresh lavender to admire.

Monday, August 9, 2010


This is an extra pretty clematis that I acquired at a local independent nursery located in an obscure area in Brush Prarie, Washington which is just down the road from my house called Collectors Nursery.  They seem to focus on shade loving and unusual plant varieties.  The only sign they have is a mailbox on the road with their name painted on it.  Every once in awhile they will have a small wagon up front with end of season deals.  One year I purchased Hellebores in gallon pots for $6.00 each, which is a steal.  Their website is  You should check it out.
As for this clematis that I purchased from them about 6 years ago, I cut it to the ground every spring and it grows like crazy, filling an entire corner of this particular bed and as you can see rambles all over the picket fence.  Visitors often comment on its beauty and prolific growth.  I have no idea what the name of it is (as is typical with me), all I know is that it is definitely one of my favorites.

I feel the need to put a question out there to anyone who reads this blog, no response necessary, just a little something to think about.  Am I the only gardener out there who is possessive of their plants?  I have a friend who stopped by the other day and as we were wandering around the beds, she would randomly pull a weed here and there, okay great if you want to do the dirty work for me.  But then, she began rearranging the above featured clematis along the fenceline. I instantly felt the hair stand up on the back of my neck!  I had to refrain from saying what I was actually thinking which was, "what do you think you are doing? Stop rearranging my clematis!"  Then after she left I began questioning myself and wondering if I am completely obsessive or what?  I do know that if I ever hired anyone to do any work around here it would not be weeding or trimming.  I would spend far too much time hovering over them making sure they didn't pull out something they shouldn't as some of my plants are a little wild looking. I had this conversation with my husband, and because he knows me so well, assured me that I was indeed obsessive and possessive about my plants.  To me it is in the same category as someone coming into your home and randomly rearranging the furniture without being invited to do so!  They truly are my babies, anyone is invited to enjoy, smell, touch, and certainly cut from the cutting garden (which I am finding is a difficult task for to bring myself to do, and my daughter has to keep reminding me that it is indeed a CUTTING GARDEN!!)  


"My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plants point of view". - H. Fred Ale