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Geraniums and Pelargoniums in My Garden geraniums pelargoniums

Geraniums and Pelargoniums in My Garden

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’ Geraniums and pelargoniums may look fragile and delicate, but they’re actually some of the hardest working plants in my garden.  Why? They’re ignored by browsing deer, they take our never-ending drought with a grain of salt, and I even have a some in our zone 6 Lake Tahoe garden that don’t mind […]

Surprising Sources of Fall Color & a Holiday Giveaway! Surprising Sources of Fall Color

Surprising Sources of Fall Color & a Holiday Giveaway!

This is my favorite time of year, with fall colors at their peak. The towering maples, liquid ambers, and black oak trees are on fire right now, clearly the stars of the show.  But there’s plenty of drama happening lower to the ground, too, thanks to some of my favorite shrubs and perennials.  And it’s […]

A Side Yard Makeover – plus a HUGE giveaway! side yard makeover

A Side Yard Makeover – plus a HUGE giveaway!

Side yard makeovers are some of the most popular posts on my blog, and for good reason. (you can see why here and here)!  First, though, for those who aren’t quite sure what a side yard is – they’re the long and narrow sections of your garden that flank one or both sides of your […]

Who’s ready for spring? Here’s my 2020 Northwest Flower & Garden Show Recap – Part 1

Who’s ready for spring? Here’s my 2020 Northwest Flower & Garden Show Recap – Part 1

WOW – what a whirlwind week it was at Seattle’s Northwest Flower & Garden Show!    For several years now, I’ve flown to Seattle to speak at this event, and without a doubt, it’s one of my all-time favorite garden shows.   Inspirational demonstration gardens, tons of top-notch vendors selling things I can’t find anywhere else, […]

A Skinny Space Before-and-After plus a Giveaway!

A Skinny Space Before-and-After plus a Giveaway!

As  I wrote about in my last post, time is a critical element in the garden. When planting a new garden, it’s understandable to want your plants to hurry up and GROW.  But, you just can’t rush it no matter how big of a plant specimen you buy, or how close you plant them together. Time is needed to let […]

An Exciting Announcement, a Container Disaster,
& a Foxglove Giveaway!

An Exciting Announcement, a Container Disaster,
& a Foxglove Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this month marks my blog’s 10-year anniversary! TEN YEARS!  I’ve cherished all the emails you’ve sent over the years, all the comments you’ve left on my blog (over 6,000 comments on over 300 articles!) and all the times you’ve introduced yourselves to me at various speaking engagements.  We’ve formed such […]

Decorating with Plants – book review and giveaway

Decorating with Plants – book review and giveaway

I first met Baylor Chapman almost a decade ago when researching gardens for my first book, Garden Up!  (remember seeing these beautiful succulent shutters, below?  They’re Baylor’s.) I’ve since written about her floral design studio, Lila B. Design, and the fantastic community courtyard where she lives (click on the links to read more.) Well, when […]

Design your Garden Toolkit – a review, a story, and a giveaway

Design your Garden Toolkit – a review, a story, and a giveaway

  Recently my good friend, Michelle Gervais (who was also the former garden editor of Fine Gardening magazine for many, many years) asked me to take a look at her new book ‘Design your Garden Toolkit.’ I jumped at the chance, knowing that her years of knowledge and down-to-earth approach would make for a fantastic […]

The Bold Dry Garden – a review and giveaway

The Bold Dry Garden – a review and giveaway

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to attend a party celebrating Timber Press’s new release, The Bold Dry Garden, written by Johanna Silver (who is also the garden editor for Sunset magazine). The event was held at one of my favorite places, The Ruth Bancroft Garden (appropriate, as that’s the subject of the […]

Garden therapy in the midst of trauma – a story and a giveaway

Garden therapy in the midst of trauma – a story and a giveaway

  I’ve been home from my trip to New York for ten days now and have been excited to share with you some of the gardens I visited but life seems to have gotten in the way – for now, at least. On the last day of my trip, I received a phone call from […]

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