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 April 2014
- Published on Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Authors: HeatherNote to self: everything that was blooming last year at this time is blooming now.
With our crazy winter, my garden's timing is a little off from last year. My camassia and lewisia were a tiny bit later than last year to bloom.
Camassia leichtlinii 'Blue Danube'
I love spring
- Published on Monday, 14 April 2014
It's lengthening days and stubbornly sitting outside drinking beer at night, even though...
Garden bloggers' bloom day March 2014
- Published on Monday, 17 March 2014
I did a bad, bad thing
- Published on Friday, 14 March 2014
Authors: HeatherLast fall I bought a Mahonia x media 'Underway' from Cistus at their "tough love" sale. It was gorgeous. I tucked it, still in its nursery pot, into one of the beds so we could mow the lawn. Unfortunately I tucked it too far under the eaves of the house and it got totally dried out. And then the poor thing lost most of its branches.
Yard Garden Patio Show - The birds and the bees - and the bugs!
- Published on Tuesday, 04 March 2014
Authors: HeatherPortland's Yard Garden and Patio show was this weekend, which always signals to me the beginning of the gardening season. The display gardens are fun but I look forward to the seminars most of all. I woke up on Saturday with a terrible sinus headache, then I took medicine on an insufficiently full stomach, then I started throwing...
- Published on Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Authors: HeatherPlease don't hate me because we went to Maui last week, even though we'd just been to Kauai in November. My brother planned the trip for his family and asked us to come along. My nieces are 7 and 9 and the sweetest kids and I didn't want to miss seeing Hawaii through their eyes, especially when they're at such delightful ages.
Garden bloggers' bloom day February 2014
- Published on Saturday, 15 February 2014
Authors: HeatherI've always felt that February is the cruelest month. The only bright side is that it's also the shortest. Thank goodness for bright spots like crocuses.
Crocus chrysanthus 'Romance'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HGC Pink Frost'
The last of the blooms are clinging to Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies',...
Love yourself, check your supplies
- Published on Friday, 14 February 2014
Authors: HeatherWe don't celebrate Valentine's Day around these parts. I think it's a silly holiday, though I do enjoy the extra chocolate that seems to pop up at work. I was thinking about what this silly stupid holiday could be good for and I thought about emergency preparedness.
A year ago we had a dinner party to celebrate the anniversary of...
I only like the cold when it does stuff like this
- Published on Thursday, 13 February 2014
Authors: HeatherBecause this winter has been so much colder than the last, some of my evergreen perennials are doing wonderful things. I don't even mean that sarcastically.
The cold turned my Mahonia nervosa wine-colored. The stems are pink! I recently read up on this plant and discovered that it doesn't want full sun, where I have mine sited. It's...
Dasylirion texanum is my favorite plant in the garden (this week)
- Published on Monday, 03 February 2014
Authors: HeatherWhen Greg and I were in Amsterdam we went to the Botanical Garden. I flew halfway around the world to see gunnera for the first time, a plant that grows incredibly well in Portland. I had no idea it existed! I also witnessed the biggest agave I'd ever seen in the flesh and a Dasylirion acrotrichum. I was totally fascinated by how...