Behind The Scenes

video set up

What was I thinking?! Back on a cozy winters evening, glass of wine in hand, it seemed such a good idea. "Let's film a short online workshop to help people get creative with their spring containers," I said. My long suffering husband (aka roadie, book sales assistant, pot mover, and videographer) readily agreed. After all,…

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Deer-Resistant Spring Bulbs

Using a cabin as a focal point in a large island border of deer-resistant plants

I'm not sure if it was a wild game of Touch Rugby or Tag, but either way, the five deer that were playing in my front garden yesterday left it looking as though a stampede of  elephants had been having a party. Forget a rake- I need a brush hog to smooth out the beds…

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Serenity in Seattle; my favorite display

While most visitors to the 2016 Northwest Flower and Garden Show were jostling for position to photograph the large display gardens, I found myself drawn to the smaller City Living  exhibits. Each designer worked with a 6 x 12 space defined by pavers to represent a high rise apartment balcony. The criteria was that all materials…

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Fit for a Princess

It's raining – again. Trying to work in the garden at this time of year means donning full waterproofs and accepting I'm going to be as muddy as the dogs by the time I come back indoors. Those on the east coast are probably jealous of my mud, however,  since they haven't seen the ground…

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Fall Containers Boot Camp

Are you ready to refresh your containers for fall? When your coleus turns to mush you know it's time! Yet many of us have a complete brain freeze at the start of a new season and can't remember what fun things we have used in the past to create the 'wow' factor. I call it…

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