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July 2024 Bloom Day

It’s like a switch was flipped and a jolt of electricity hit the garden. July is potent stuff. Things are really starting to move and shimmy and shine now that the grasses are blooming. More July bloom reports are collected … Continue reading

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two gardens August 2022

From August 12 through the 19th I was in Southern California visiting family and checking on the house and garden, so I had the odd, unsettling experience of leaving one garden just hitting its stride and dropping in on one … Continue reading

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coastal Oregon garden report 4/13/22

We returned to Oregon March 18 and have since finished up removing the remaining sod in the backyard, an additional area approximately 8×20 feet, bounded again in landscape timbers. There is a small area of turf left on the east … Continue reading

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Labor Day weekend heat wave reading

I grabbed some stuff to read from the piles stacked on the “sunroom” floor, a small, heavily windowed room with a western exposure just off the kitchen that we use as a reading room. Heading back outside in 100 degree … Continue reading

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Modernism Week with AGO 2/20/20

When: Modernism Week extends from February 13, 2020 to February 23, 2020 Where: CAMP Theater, 575 North Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California Why: Because…Palm Springs in February! Surrounded by like-minded, design-centric people also winter-starved for gardens, desert landscapes, and … Continue reading

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Scott Deemer’s dreamscape of rocks, fire, water

Scott Deemer keeps it elemental with the landscape design at his home in Niwot, Colorado not far from Denver, especially in the back garden. The front garden is more manicured, but in the back garden there’s a strong fantasy at … Continue reading

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views of August

Continuing with the year-to-year comparison… I love plant-intensive gardens, planning them, planting them. I’ve learned a lot about spacing and air flow over the years, so the garden isn’t as dense as in previous Augusts, but I’m still just as … Continue reading

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Denver Botanic Gardens #gbfling2019

Since returning on Monday, I haven’t been able to shake Colorado from my mind. It’s a landscape that leaves you with a visual hangover, so this post will be hair of the dog, blog style, while the visit is still … Continue reading

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for the hard-core greenhouse fans

You asked for it. More greenhouse photos from my visit to Rancho Soledad Nursery in May. I’m out of town for the moment and will be right back.

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walking by the driveby agave garden

Oh, yes, I do keep a sharp eye on developments at the “driveby agave garden,” a local garden I stumbled on in 2012, even if I don’t blog about it. Maybe I’ve become a little squeamish about privacy concerns since … Continue reading

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