Category Archives: Plant of the Day

Gathering Season

The June rain has made all the herbs lush and it is time to harvest. Today I picked hundreds of just-opening calendula blossoms to dry for use in herbal bath mixes. I’ve cut Moroccan mint, my favorite for tea, and … Continue reading

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Meadowscaping tour

Here are images from last week’s tour of urban yards planted with Willamette Valley natives. Parking strip meadow A test plot seeded two years ago with ‘Tough and Tenacious’ mix, a low-growing mix of 15 Willamette Valley meadow species, plus … Continue reading

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Work in Progress

This is week two of ‘going back to work’. I’ve kept my landscape design practice going at a low simmer while taking care of my little one for the past two years. Working during nap times and after bedtimes and … Continue reading

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Virtual Spring Garden Tour

This is my garden in April. Some plants are just starting to wake up while others are in lush growth. It’s time for spring bulbs, the first asparagus, fruit tree blossoms and planting seeds. The weather alternates between showers, sudden … Continue reading

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Inspired!

Thank you to everyone who visited Overlook Neighborhood on the National Pesticide Forum tour! It was an honor and pleasure to meet so many amazing people. Some of my heros were in my garden and I’m still feeling giddy! I … Continue reading

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Tomatoes 2014

The snow days were a nice time for spring garden planning and I’ve got my list of tomatoes ready! These varieties will be available in limited quantities by advance order – email me or leave a comment by April 15th … Continue reading

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Build Habitat in Your Own Backyard

Here’s an article I wrote for the spring issue of Overlook Views, my neighborhood newsletter. Nikkie West of the Audubon Society of Portland contributed. Every yard matters. What is yours doing for urban wildlife? With spring planting season just around … Continue reading

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Ice is slowly melting..

  The ice storm left a heavy coating on the seed heads of this Morning Light maiden grass and every other thing. It dripped off during the afternoon but more freezing rain is expected. I hope our urban canopy isn’t … Continue reading

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Building backyard, and front yard, habitats!

This winter I’ve been part of a wonderful series of workshops and meetings as part of the Audubon Society of Portland and the Columbia Land Trust’s Backyard Habitat Certification Program and am proud to be listed in their directory of … Continue reading

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Lentils

One of my gardening goals has been to provide more of our own protein and iron, so this year I tried growing lentils. I haven’t heard of anyone in Portland growing them but they like cool, wet weather so I … Continue reading

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