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.
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...
Garden bloggers' bloom day January 2014
- Published on Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Authors: Heather"Thank goodness for Mahonia" edition.
I don't have a lot blooming right now but my Mahonia 'Arthur Menzies' is putting in overtime, making sure that every hummingbird in the neighborhood has a food source to fight over. I love this shrub and it's been blooming for over a month now.
My Mahonia 'Charity' hasn't bloomed and doesn't look...
I let someone photograph my garden in January
- Published on Monday, 13 January 2014
Authors: HeatherOur house is featured on Houzz today, holy smokes!
And there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth
- Published on Friday, 10 January 2014
Authors: HeatherOur recent extended dip into freezing weather knocked a lot of my garden down. Some I expected, like my poor echiums.
Echium wildpretii and Echium candicans 'Star of Madeira'
But I didn't even think to worry about my daphnes!
All of the leaves of Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata' are burned.
Anybody have any experience with this kind...
- Published on Wednesday, 08 January 2014
Authors: HeatherBack in the spring I dug up the tiny hellstrip area to the right of our driveway. There were two arbor vitae planted here when I bought the house.
After I removed them, I hoped the groundcover from my neighbor's hellstrip would spread here. Instead, grass popped up. And then all the neighbor dogs used that area as a toilet. I...