Just a girl with a hammer
My 1938 pre-war ranch was a foreclosure I bought in 2009. It had been vacant for four years and neglected for at least ten. There was half a garage door, a non-functional sink in the bathroom, a mildewing basement, the original furnace (which no longer functioned), a new roof but no gutters, and a cracked kitchen floor.
I'm fixing almost everything myself but my real passion is gardening.
Garden bloggers' bloom day, August 2014
- Published on Friday, 15 August 2014
Authors: HeatherI have friends, friends who don't garden, who ask me, "What's new? What have you been up to?" and the honest truth is that I haven't been doing much. I wander out into my front garden and I stare at bees. It's too hot and dry to do any real gardening but I find I like deadheading perennials almost as much as I like having my hair...
And now my greatest source of shame
- Published on Monday, 28 July 2014
Authors: HeatherThere's one area of the house I never photograph because it's so awful. I don't ever want guests to see it, which means it's always the first place they peek.
Our bathtub looks like someone was murdered in it, after which time they cooked up a batch of meth. Or maybe the meth came first, but then something definitely died in here. I...
How Bloomtown changed my life (with only a tiny bit of hyperbole)
- Published on Thursday, 24 July 2014
Authors: HeatherSeven years ago Portland Metro hosted a "Gardens of Natural Delights" bicycle tour that showed off pesticide-free gardens. A lot of the gardens were focused on food production and they were fairly utilitarian. There was a lot of straw mulch and a slant toward function over form. The gardens were pesticide free but they weren't very...
We are officially no-mow in the front yard
- Published on Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Authors: HeatherIn the list of Things I've Spent the Majority of My Life Doing, removal of sod is quickly catching up to sleeping, reading, and perusing the Annie's Annuals website. For the record, those latter three things are way more fun than sod removal.
Despite the fact that everyone I know loves smothering, I have not had good results with...
Garden bloggers' bloom day July 2014
- Published on Wednesday, 16 July 2014
The winner of the ANLD tour tickets!
- Published on Friday, 27 June 2014
Want to attend the 2014 ANLD Tour?
- Published on Monday, 23 June 2014
Authors: HeatherI had the good fortune to attend a sneak peek of this year's Association of Northwest Landscaper Designers' (ANLD) Tour, which will take place next Saturday, June 28th. Six gardens were showcased, with designers flexing their muscles to combat challenges like tiny urban plots, bad drainage, and the need for a beautiful garden that...
Garden bloggers' bloom day June 2014
- Published on Monday, 16 June 2014
Authors: HeatherI was reading some snarky garden article the other day about the overuse of salvia by landscape designers and I looked out into my yard in horror . . . you guys, I have SO much salvia. In my defense, I was sent 21 of them by High Country Gardens in the weirdest order mix-up ever, but I've still got a lot that are my doing.
Getting that privacy back
- Published on Thursday, 12 June 2014
Competing for natives
- Published on Wednesday, 21 May 2014
Authors: HeatherBefore I bought my house I knew I wanted a garden; in fact I kept announcing to people, "I need a big yard because I'm a gardener." I had but one season of vegetable gardening under my belt but I just knew I was destined for great plant lust.
I'd never landscape gardened before so I checked out every single gardening book from...