Post Tag: Children

Without a doubt, fall is my favorite season of the year.  And once I spot the first signs of pumpkins and squash adorning grocery stores and farmers markets  I'm like a kid in a candy shop.  And don't even get me started on my obsession with glass pumpkins! I've admired succulent-topped pumpkins ever since I first saw Laura Eubanks' to-die-for gorgeous creations. So,  when I was asked to lead a workshop for the Polk County Master Gardener's Fall Fling, of [read more]
In just a few days I'll be saying goodbye to my daughter as she embarks on a new adventure in her life as she goes away to college.  And while I'm proud, thrilled and excited for her, I can't help but quietly mourn each passing minute, knowing I'll soon be face-to-face with the giant hole that will be left in my heart, home and garden. My daughter has never been one of those kids that have naturally taken to gardening, [read more]
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of speaking at The Oregon Garden, located in the stunning Willamette Valley town of Silverton. I am so fortunate that I had booked an extra day for this trip as I was completely unaware of the sheer magnitude of this impressive garden. More than just a beautiful space, this garden consists of 80 acres of teaching and demonstration gardens, all seamlessly flowing from one to the next. Conservation is a theme that runs [read more]
Last day of summer in our veggie patch
Today is the last day of summer for my daughter and one that's always a little sad for me.  While part of me relishes the fact that she'll be going back to school leaving me plenty of time to write and design, part of me will really miss her company.  The older Emily gets, the more fun we seem to have and with only 2 years left of high school I can hear the big clock ticking away each precious [read more]
Compliments of Ami Saunders, with Saunders Designs…. (more…) [read more]
It's time for our annual trip to Palo Alto's Art Center to buy  a glass pumpkin (or three).   Picking out which glass pumpkin to buy is like picking out pansies - I can never decide because each one is prettier than the last! Will we go for the traditional colors of oranges and yellow-   or will it be a cooling shade of green-   or maybe a cheery candy-colored pumpkin - the kind you wish would grow in your [read more]
  I've written about a few ways to engage your older kids in the garden.  It's definitely not as easy as when they were young.  It takes a little more craftiness than having their own 'big kid shovel' to lure some of these kids back into the garden, so I'm always trying something new. One foolproof method is if you can find anything that's the slightest bit icky - such as my mushroom experiment.  But one of my biggest success [read more]
I walked into Peets Coffee the other day (sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn't it?) Well, I walked in and saw these interesting looking mushroom kits for sale.  And being an avid gardener who will grow just about anything, I was immediately intrigued.  So, I snatched one up for $15.00.   Having a teenager, I find it's more and more difficult for me to keep her interested in gardening, so I'm a sucker for anything that might grab [read more]
By now, many of you know what an amazing nursery Annie's Annuals is.  The sheer amount of unusual and super-cool plants for sale is staggering, and the stuffed-to-the-brim planting beds provide enough eye candy to let you feast there for hours. I was fortunate enough to attend a little soiree there last spring, in celebration of wrapping up a long, rainy day of filming an episode for the critically acclaimed PBS series, Growing a Greener World.  As I looked around,  [read more]
. When I was a small child, my grandfather used to say "Easter time is the time for eggs, and the time for eggs is Easter time!"  That was one of my favorite of his funny little sayings. While hiding Easter eggs for her younger cousins, my daughter (whose really taken an interest in photography lately) grabbed her camera and snapped some pictures of her favorite hiding places. Enjoy! . . (more…) [read more]
Eureka lemon trees are notorious for producing freakishly shaped lemons - especially along the cooler coastal climate (like ours in the Bay Area).  Personally, I like the occasional odd-ball that my tree kicks out - and so do kids.  But if more and more of your lemons are turning out like this you may want to take some action. What causes this?  It's a weird little bud mite which sucks the sap from the lemon flower, causing the poor flower [read more]
How my grandmother passed along her love of gardening to a child.... [read more]