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.

What about that tree?

Authors: Heather

Back in April I wrote that we were going to remove the cedar tree from our backyard. A huge thank you to everyone who gave me input on removing the pieris (it's gone!), as well as suggestions for new plants in this area.
Before: boxwood on the right, Pieris on the left
The tree came down super fast by a company I can't recommend, so...

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Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, June 2016

Authors: Heather

On this bloom day I am going to focus on the most exciting bloom in my garden, the one that I catch passerby snapping photos of on their phones.
On May 1st I noticed that my Dasylirion texanum was starting to form a bloom spike. I didn't even realize that they bloom!

I planted it in May of 2012, when it was just a wee thing. I got it...

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The winner of the ANLD tour ticket!

Authors: Heather

Using random.org, the winner of the ANLD tour ticket is Kris G! Kris, I will email you about picking it up.
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Win a ticket to the June 18th ANLD Garden Tour!

Authors: Heather

I was recently able to preview the seven gardens that will be featured on this year's Association of Northwest Landscape Designers (ANLD) tour. This annual tour is always good but I thought this year's lineup was especially nice.
The gardens featured on the tour are all on standard sized lots in the SE and NE Portland area. They...

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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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