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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 April 2016

Authors: Heather

I love April. Our front garden is dressed like a pretty pretty princess.
 
Cornus florida and Camassia leichtlinii 'Blue Danube'

Othonna cheirifolia
Sedum parmeri
Gaultheria Shallon
Myosotis sylvatica 'Victoria Blue'
Loropetalum chinensis 'Sizzling Pink'
Convallaria majalis
Prosartes hookeri
Disporum cantoniense 'Night Heron'
Maianthemum...

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A clean slate

Authors: Heather

Big plans are afoot here. After dealing with a poorly sited Western red cedar for seven years, I've decided to have it removed.


While I was completing all the measurements required by the city, I discovered that the root flare is 30 inches from my neighbor's foundation (and getting closer every year). 


It also ate his hose bib....

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Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day March 2016

Authors: Heather

This March feels less floriferous than usual, I think because we had such an usually early spring last year. The hellebores are still going and the daphne is winding down.
Mahonia nervosa
Arctostaphylos x 'John Dourley'
Geranium macrorrhizum
Arctostaphylos bakeri 'Louis Edmonds'
Epimedium
Epimedium x 'Black Sea'

Pieris japonica
Mukdenia...

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Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day February 2016

Authors: Heather

A very happy bloom day to you!

Euphorbia rigida
Euphorbia x 'Blackbird'
Helleborus x 'Black Diamond'
Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'
Helleborus x ballardiae 'HCG Cinnamon Snow'
And the "good god, you're STILL blooming?" award goes to Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies,' which has been blooming since October.
Mahonia x media 'Arthur Menzies'
I'm...

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Fire!

Authors: Heather

Back in 2010 I had the fireplaces professionally cleaned specifically so I could light a fire for Thanksgiving. We have two fireplaces: one upstairs in the living room and one in the finished portion of the basement. They have separate smoke chambers that run side by side in the same chimney.
Our basement room started filling with...

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Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day January 2016

Authors: Heather

Happy new year! I've been pretty content that it's winter. I know a lot of people hate winter and I know the weather sucks, but do you know about butter and parmesan? Cooking rich, satisfying food and watching a lot of TV? Hot toddies and snowshoeing? Going for long walks when it's very cold and feeling very virtuous? I don't think...

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Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day December 2015

Authors: Heather

The Meiji shinto shrine in Tokyo

At the end of October Greg and I flew to Japan for our honeymoon. We had one full perfect day in Tokyo under our belts when I got a call that my brother had passed away unexpectedly in his sleep. He was 42 and an exceptionally good human being. We are completely devastated by the loss of him. I think...

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Sneak peek: HPSO and Garden Conservancy Open Day Tour

Authors: Heather

This weekend I was able to preview three of the gardens to be featured in this year's Hardy Plant Society of Oregon (HPSO) and Garden Conservancy Open Day Tour. The organizers did a great job of choosing a variety of styles of gardens. There's something for everyone.

If you'd like more information, check out the tour page on the...

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Random personal updates

Authors: Heather

Do you know what happens when you have a busy spring and summer and then your laptop dies? I don't know either, but you sure as hell don't blog. Many of you know this already from Facebook, but Greg and I got married in June on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Getting to have all of our closest friends and families with us for a week was...

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Garden bloggers' bloom day May 2015

Authors: Heather

Good lord, this is a bloomy month. Everything is blooming right on schedule, so I'll just show new plants or ones that I missed last year (or we'd be here all day).
Akebia longerracemosa 'Victor's Secret'
Papaver orientale 'Royal Wedding'
Camassia leichtlinii semiplena, Allium christophii, and Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer'
Iris...

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