The pineapple sage is keeping the hummingbirds and my family happy.
The hummers love this native Columbine too.
Pitcher sage, Lepichinia, has a wonderful demeanor. See how she bows her head demurely?
Yes, it's true, I've got a real spring in my step nowadays. The garden is perking up, the fruit trees are flowering, we've topped all the beds, planted, and are getting ready to do a major re-vamp in our beneficial insect and bird garden. I love the sweet promise of all the new life and changes.
My 'Bonanza' peach tree, which is only four feet tall, is living up to her name.
Freesias spill from the borders onto the pathways.
Sorry to have been away so long. Life has gotten in the way. I know it happens to you too, because I read that in your postings.
We've had a big party in honor of one of my grandsons, we traveled to Seattle for the Northwest Flower and Garden Show, and I've been working like a fiend on a book project.
Gathering research books from our library. What would I do without libraries and librarians? Please be sure to zip into my next blog posting for an exciting life change for me and an opportunity for YOU to win a new book.
Although I promised NOT to garden in my robes anymore (I keep ruining them), I stepped outside and couldn't help myself. Now I look at the gorgeous artichokes with a sweet melancholy. The gophers took them!
My curious Scrub Jay friend watches in the hopes that I'll unearth some goodies.
We're able to harvest so many fruits every day...
...and edible flowers and herbs for homemade yogurt cheese...
...and for fresh fruit salads.
We flew out of California to speak at the fabulous Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle. This is the view from our room at the Hilton. Most of the time it was overcast, but the one time I didn't have my camera handy, it cleared up and we could see snow-covered mountains and boats.
I gave two talks in two days. The best part was meeting old friends, making new ones, and finally meeting Sweet Pea, The Littlest Gardener, and Catherine Kokoris from A Gardener in Progress blog.
Made an appearance on the upcoming GardenTV.tv...
...with host Holly Hamilton.
Perused the show, but darn it, so many photos didn't turn out. I did love this little phone-booth-sized garden shed. I recently read that gardeners are constructing these sheds very inexpensively by building them from three regular doors and one French door (for all sides). Plop on a roof, add a floor, and you've got a sweet little shed.
Loved all the tiny bulbs. I promised myself to plant a zillion of them this year. I'll order from Brent and Becky's Bulbs and Old House Gardens.
Love the checkered Fritillaries.
Loved the huge balls of succulents, which were in the Butchart Gardens booth. This is hanging from a beam. I think this would be fairly easy to do.
Loved the simple play area. I really like using tree rounds for tables and stools. I did this in the Heart's Ease gardens sunflower house and the children adored them.
No trees involved, but this IS a tree house. I could envision my grands clambering up the ladder and hiding out up there.
Loved the interior of this garden shed, which was built by Little Mansions (www.artisanstructures.com).
Speaking of little. I liked these little plant markers made out of twigs. They look like mini trellises. I'm trying to make some, but will use some old copper markers for the sign.
Ok, so I bounced all over this posting, but that is life...isn't it?
Jeff did the random number generator to choose the winner of Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman's new garden-cookboook, The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook. The lucky winner is Ernestine Lawson, One Woman's Journey, of My Journey To Mindfulness blog. Since Ernestine is also a member of my Grimy Hands Girls' Club, she will find some special packets of seed tucked into her book. Plant and enjoy!
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