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 2015
- Published on Wednesday, 15 April 2015
It's April, which means it's camassia month! Huzzah!
Camassia leichtlinii 'Blue Danube'
Iris x pacifica 'The Eyes Have It'
Geranium phaeum 'Darkest of All'
Epimedium grandiflora 'Red Queen'
Tulipa 'Flair' with a bird-planted Cotinu...
Hardscaping is hard.
- Published on Monday, 13 April 2015
Authors: HeatherWe haven't been very good lately at taking it easy on the weekends. Last weekend they were calling for rain but then on the Thursday before the forecast changed to sun and I was like, "I guess there's no reason not to tear out the lawn in the backyard."
This was back breaking and it sucked so hard that I'm glad we may never have to...
Toiling in the basement. Again.
- Published on Friday, 03 April 2015
Authors: HeatherBack when we had our earthquake retrofit, they had to cut into the drywall in our basement. That happened almost two years ago and yet I haven't wanted to patch this area because I hate drywall repair.
At some point in 2014 Greg screwed the old pieces back into place and I threw one compulsory layer of joint compound on top. It sat...
A visit to Little Prince of Oregon Nursery
- Published on Tuesday, 31 March 2015
Authors: HeatherA few weeks back I had the good luck to be included in a group blogger visit to Little Prince of Oregon Nursery. You might recognize their name because you've seen Stepables (walkable groundcovers) or their huge line of sedums and sempervivums. Or maybe you've noticed the hundreds of other plants they grow, because you're...
Garden bloggers' bloom day March 2015
- Published on Wednesday, 18 March 2015
Authors: HeatherI may be late but many of my blooms are early this year. We have tulips already, for Pete's sake! The daphnes, hellebores, and Pieris are all still going, making this month feel especially floriferous.
Bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum)
Ribes sanguineum 'Variegata'
Etta James lied
- Published on Friday, 27 February 2015
Authors: HeatherThere's no fun to be had in the basement. A few weekends back the weather was terrible and I suggested to Greg that we watch House of Cards all weekend on the couch and he was like, "Yeah! Let's do that."
Greg almost always spends his weekends working. I tend to spend it puttering in the garden. Our only daytime interaction tends to...
Garden bloggers' bloom day February 2015.
- Published on Sunday, 15 February 2015
Authors: HeatherI missed bloom day in January, even though I had but three things to post. It doesn't get much easier than January. Also, so many people are buried in terrible weather, why wouldn't you celebrate having blooms in your garden?
Friends is on Netflix streaming. That's why. Also, Greg pulled a quilt that his Grandmother made him out of...
Garden bloggers' bloom day, December 2014
- Published on Monday, 15 December 2014
Authors: HeatherI 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...
Garden bloggers' bloom day October 2014
- Published on Thursday, 16 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...
Better bring a pickax
- Published on Wednesday, 08 October 2014
Authors: HeatherOh 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...