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A new addition

In Gardening, Plants on August 8, 2008 at 4:26 am


I’ve been eyeing Abutilon (flowering maple) all season ever since a June visit to Cistus Nursery where they insist that they can get this annual tender perennial to winter over. We’ll see. Generally the species is hardy to zone 8, but this is a hybrid, and I’m zone 7. If we have another one of our mild winters it might live. Or I can bring it inside along with the brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet) and the giant bird of paradise. I’ll have to start referring to the living room as “my conservatory” with all the not-hardy-in-Portland tropicals I’m collecting. But I digress.

The best part was that I found this on sale at Freddie’s for only $3.33. It’s at least 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide and covered in blooms. It’ll keep on going until frost. A heck of a lot of flowering plant for the price, hardy or not.


Last night’s beauty

In Beautiful Images, Gardening, Life on July 15, 2008 at 4:48 pm

And Lauren, being extremely funny:

Something lovely

In Beautiful Images, Gardening on July 10, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Cucumber Curl

After my last extremely negative rant I feel the need to post something beautiful from my garden. Here is the common cucumber sending out a tendril. I love curlicues and spirals. Especially found in nature.


In Gardening, Life on July 9, 2008 at 3:13 am

I love my garden. I love my plants. I nurture them and proudly watch them grow.

Today I came home from work to survey the roofer’s finished product and discovered that they had trampled an entire bed. RIGHT in front of the house. Lacecap hydrangea. Japanese anemones. Hardy fuschia. Coleus. Ferns. Calla lilies. All trampled. Clematis completely broken. Camellias with huge burned patches. My old trusty rosemary is burned too. A very old lavender plant broken and smashed. There’s more but that’s what I remember from my first walk through. I can’t bear to go look at it any more.

Can I just say that I hate Interstate Roofing. With a passion. I will never recommend them to anyone. I appreciate the workers who are doing a hard job but their lack of finesse and care for a landscape I’ve coddled and nurtured for the last 19 years made me cry and cry. I can barely bring myself to post pictures. It’s just so much carnage.

Now I know that in the scheme of life it’s really nothing, but to me, in MY little life it is quite something.


Garden Update

In Beautiful Images, Gardening on July 4, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Here’s how the veggie garden looks today:

the raised beds

Note that the tomatoes are all sticking their little heads up over the tops of the Walls o’ Water. Yeah! We’ve also got zukes, cukes, eggplant, peppers, beans, peas, an artichoke and lots of herbs including 3 basil plants.

In other garden happenings, the blueberries are on their way to ripening. I’ve had a great time taking pictures of them. Such cool looking berries with their little flower-shaped frills.

Still-green berries Another view

Here are a couple other shots of stuff from around the yard:

Buddleia volunteer

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush) just opened this week. The swallowtails won’t be far behind.

Philadelphus (Mock Orange)

The Philadephus (Mock Orange) is so pretty right now.

Emerging hydrangea

The big old hydrangea is changing every day with blossoms ranging from pure chartreuse to pink, lilac and blue. Lovely.

Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)

A red variety of Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks) that is really cool looking.

And if you hadn’t guessed by now, I got the camera I was lusting over. It’s FABULOUS!

And the winner is…

In Gardening on June 24, 2008 at 4:22 am

I love this plant. Phygelius, or South African Cape Fuschia, has to be one of the easiest, longest blooming, most rewarding for no work perennials EVER. My yellow one, which I think is “Moonraker” has now spread to cover at least 6 feet wide, 3 feet deep and about 3 feet tall. I think there are some new hybrids that might have to find a place in my garden…

Amazing Raised Beds

In Gardening on June 21, 2008 at 8:18 am

There’s a part of my yard next to my deck where nothing but weeds have grown ever since I had a huge big-leaf maple cut down many years ago.

I’m not sure who had the brainstorm, but all of a sudden there we were, pacing out the dimensions for a raised bed. Then it became 2. And I, in my love of all things shiny, corrugated metal, found a design in Southern Living that was pretty close to what I envisioned.  Bobby built them and yesterday we had gorgeous soil blown in. Feast your eyes:Some kick ass raised beds! Thank you Bobby!I planted them last night. My mom says they look very Sunset Magazine and not so much Southern Living. I’m pretty psyched for the veggies to grow. So is Bob.

Who says plants aren’t cute?

In Gardening on June 21, 2008 at 7:39 am

Feast your eyes on this chubby little number and tell me it isn’t the cutest plant ever. This is the puppy of plant. The 6 month old baby of plant. Adorable.

Of course I had to buy one.