Farm fields of flowers

Farm fields of flowers

Driving through the Willamette Valley, near Silverton, Oregon I saw a field of poppies being raised for seed.  This wonderful agricultural area is known for fruit, wine, and more but I didn’t know there would be fields of flowers.DSCN7271What a crop! For me it was simply beautiful but for the farmer it was a business, a crop subject to the risks of weather and insects.  I’m grateful for the farmers and I am delighted someone grows the flowers.

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Van Dusen Garden, BC

Van Dusen Garden, BC

The Alma Van Dusen perennial garden was in full bloom this July day. The bed is a large oval shape with a path meandering through it. The highlight is the delphiniums which easily grew 8’ high. An unobtrusive bamboo frame helped hold these huge stalks upright.  The flowers were in 3 shades of blue rangingContinue Reading

WW Seymour Conservatory, Tacoma, WA

WW Seymour Conservatory, Tacoma, WA

The W. W. Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park, Tacoma, WA is a glass wonder. Conservatories are so important for protecting unique plants that won’t live in local climes. But the Seymour creates a seasonal floral display four times a  year. During my visit last week it was a glorious red, white and blue boquet.  TheContinue Reading

Garden Growth

Garden Growth

When the garden was finished in early December we sat down for a minute to enjoy it.  We had a party on New Year’s Eve Afternoon and shared our happiness with many friends.  Then we waited for things to grow.  The weather was mild, wonderful and perfect for growing. The Yellow Iris I brought fromContinue Reading

Commitment to Beauty, Lincoln’s Sunken Garden

Commitment to Beauty, Lincoln’s Sunken Garden

The road trip has long held a certain mystique in the stories of summer travels.  Driving across the US is a narrative of many movies, novels and personal nostalgia.  You might see a corn palace in South Dakota, the largest ball of twine in Cawker, KS, or if you are really lucky a community point ofContinue Reading

70 Years a Gardener, Cactus Garden, Lotusland, CA

70 Years a Gardener, Cactus Garden, Lotusland, CA

When I first moved to Phoenix, AZ I purchased a package of saguaro cactus seeds from the gift shop of the Desert Botanical Garden.  As a transplanted Midwesterner I was eager to grow these curious and fascinating plants.  Reality gradually set in – the seeds didn’t survive and I’ve not considered growing cactus from seedsContinue Reading

Baby Hummingbird Rescue!

Baby Hummingbird Rescue!

Late Sat. afternoon while wandering around my garden I found a baby hummer sitting in the sun on the brick patio.  He looked stressed, didn’t fly away when I approached him and he was perfect cat bait!  I immediately called for my husband, Rich, to begin the animal rescue. It took several attempts but IContinue Reading

Madame Ganna Walska’s Lotusland

Madame Ganna Walska’s Lotusland

In the wonderland that is California, Madame Ganna Walska’s Lotusland is as Walska herself put it: “out of this world.” Ganna Walska was a fascinating, exotically beautiful opera singer. Born in Poland in 1887, her mother died when she was only nine, she lived with relatives until she fled Poland for Russia.  By age 20Continue Reading

The Caring of the Green. .                A Love Story

The Caring of the Green. . A Love Story

The Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island in Washington State is a unique public green space, often referred to as both a garden and an arboretum. The word reserve is defined as a tract of land set aside for special use. The 150 acre sanctuary is not a place of formal flower gardens, but it isContinue Reading

Zest for Life

Zest for Life

    Sitting on a Paris bench in May I was enjoying a view of the Eiffel Tower.  The beds of the park had been freshly dug exposing the rich dark soil and I knew colorful summer plants would be arriving soon.  An elderly woman came walking through the grass pulling her shopping cart. SheContinue Reading