Just a girl with a hammer

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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, December 2014

Authors: Heather

I had blooms to show you in November, like this beautiful Crocus speciosus.

Or my Salvia 'Amistad' that was improbably pushing out blooms, despite a freeze.

Or my Helenium 'Mardis Gras'.


But I couldn't pull my shit together last month (a recurring problem) and now those things have finally succumbed to weather. I'm left with Mahonia x...

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Garden bloggers' bloom day October 2014

Authors: Heather

"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." --F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Ignoring the fact that the quote above is uttered by one awful person to another awful person in a book I didn't really care for, I agree with the sentiment. Fall weather is finally here! I have been cooking and wearing socks and...

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Better bring a pickax

Authors: Heather

Oh man, you guys. This summer. It feels like it will never end and I want it very badly to just go away. Between The Fling, many house guests, multiple parties, and a lot of work and non-work trips, I spent the least amount of time working in my garden since I bought this house. It shows, too. There are weeds everywhere and for the...

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Garden bloggers' bloom day September 2014

Authors: Heather

I'm late, I know. My garden is fried and so am I. Between the Fling and having out of town guests and trips all summer, I've let my garden coast much more than usual. I gave up on weeding a while back and I'm very close to giving up on watering because I'm so sick of doing it.
I recently noticed that my bumble bee numbers are down...

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Garden bloggers' bloom day, August 2014

Authors: Heather

I 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...

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And now my greatest source of shame

Authors: Heather

There'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...

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How Bloomtown changed my life (with only a tiny bit of hyperbole)

Authors: Heather

Seven 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...

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We are officially no-mow in the front yard

Authors: Heather

In 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...

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Garden bloggers' bloom day July 2014

Authors: Heather

My god, where has the year gone? Did you know it's July? Despite the fact that I celebrated the 4th of said month with fireworks and all that, and the Fling came and went, I was sort of floored to realize that it's not June anymore. And July is that wonderful time of year when I stand in the garden, swearing at myself for not...

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The winner of the ANLD tour tickets!

Authors: Heather

Random.org was used to pull a winner for the ANLD tickets and congrats go to Matthew of The Lents Farmer (who entered on my Facebook page)! I'll contact you about picking them up.

Thank you to those of you who entered--I've never done a giveaway because I was worried that no one would enter. You've saved me some anxiety
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