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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- This beautiful red leaved shrub is not a Burning Bush, it's Hypericum frondosum and it will take care of your late fall/early winter color needs while being a wildlife friendly shrub.Hypericum frondosumEuonymus alatus, known as winged spindle, winged
Here we are, the last Bloomday of the year. Even though this has been a very mild season here in Portland I find myself thinking of the things lost last winter blooms I miss, and I'm sure the wildlife does too. But I can't complain too much, after al
Austin is head over heels in love with our new Central Library, a marvelous civic structure by Lake|Flato that is much more than a library. It’s a community space for all of Austin in a prime location on Cesar Chavez Street near Au
Welcome to Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day for December 2017 Here in my USDA Hardiness Zone 6a garden in central Indiana, the Christmas rose, Helleborus niger, is pretty much the only bloom outside. It looks a little cold in this picture, with tightly clo
water consumptionThe whole house was replumbed Oct 28-30 due to numerous obvious leaks that I found and plugged.  From the data I conclude that there must have been 12 hundred cubic feet (hcf) of water lost over the previous 3 months due to
I've probably mentioned it before, but our dog Lila has a few nicknames, the one that gets used most often is Pony. As in "I've always wanted a pony and now I have one." Back when she could hear, the words "Pony adventure" would send her into a frenz
We planted this white pine when it was a tiny seedling that we discovered growing in the garden. It's spent 20 years struggling in the shade and so is a spindly specimen compared to our neighbor's trees which are in...We planted this white pine when
Five years have slipped by since we’ve walked Austin’s beloved holiday light display at Zilker Park called Trail of Lights. When our kids were little we went every year, and our last visit was in 2012, but this year it was just me
Took the Princess to ride on the elephant ride at the mall and then to Chuck E Cheese. She loves that elephant. She rode on it a week ago when we went to see Santa.We had a fun day. Wore her out and she slept for 3 hours. LOL Then my daughter says th
This pile of mossy, twisting branches is my Wednesday Vignette. And yes...my patio really is that covered with conifer needles. That's winter in my garden thanks to the neighbor's trees and the wind...Last week I posted photos of a nearby landscape u
Im looking forward to the Winter Solstice and lengthening days ahead. Its not just about my affinity for sunlight. Its about vegetables growing again.Here in Western North Carolina, we have a very short Persephone Days period (a term coined by Elliot
There were just a few days left before Christmas and no time to waste. Up at the North Pole, everyone was busy. Elves, all the reindeer, Santa, Mrs. Santa, and the Christmas Cottontail and his under bunnies were running hither and yon from toy worksh
Aloe there! (Anyone else into horticultural puns? Add yours in the comments, and show us aloe you can go.) I spotted this row of speckled soap aloes still blooming at Lady Bird Lake last weekend. Their coral-red candelabra blooms look especially pret
My garden is snow covered from an early storm. We got about 5 inches of heavy wet snow yesterday. My winter tunnel collapsed at the ends. I didn't put the top support on. I'll do that soon. I use duct tape and attach a PVC pipe along the top apex of
We had her party on Sunday at a local pizza parlor. She had a great time.It is so hard to believe the Princess was born four years ago today.What a whirlwind of a time that was.She was just under 5 pounds when she was born 6 weeks early.It w
This really was a beautiful day, the lovely Hannah & her Bridesmaids were all getting ready in the Bridal Cottage in the courtyard at one of our all time favourite venues the fabulous Bartle Hall, Hannah had chosen a soft and romantic colour
Yesterday I shared photos of my finished Opuntia Christmas tree, today I'll show you what's underneath. I started with a small tomato cage and some chicken wire. This wasn't the fist time I used a tomato cage as the base for our Christmas tree, back&
Post by Growing The Home Garden - Vegetables, Herbs, and Plant Propagation Tips for Home Gardeners Ive been spending a lot of time dreaming about what is to come for our family, our new house, and the gardens. Its easy to come up with ideas but alway
Ben Futa, director of the Allen Centennial Garden on the UW-Madison campus, is a strong believer in the beauty of brown in the fall and winter landscape. Mark snapped these photos last week just before we got our first snowfall....Ben Futa, director
Good morning Folks ~ Saturday was gray, windy, rainy and the temps went from warm and humid with the a.c. on, to growing chillier as the day wore on. Sunday morning 7:27 a.m. was the coldest at 44 degrees and real feel was 33 degrees. This morning it
Luminations, the annual holiday light display at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, didn’t happen last year. But it returned this year for a 4-night run that ended Sunday night. Our family went last night and had a lovely time viewing
Even though it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, I am looking forward to Spring.In just a few more days the days will begin to get longer. I am so looking forward to that.Now to just get through the next few weeks...Happy Monday...it is almo
I missed the window of fall planting for early over-wintered vegetables.  The spinach didn't germinate because of drought while we were away (and maybe the seeds were a bit old).But I do have collards, parsley, herbs, chard, garlic, and leek
You guys, I finally did it! I've been tossing around the idea of a cactus Christmas tree ever since I saw this image way back in (maybe) 2014. This was the finally the year...It's kinda crazy but all sorts of fun.I'd hoped the correlation between the
See what happened to my MacBook? The lithium battery failed and pushed the mouse pad right out. If this ever happens to you, do NOT try to charge it, because it can explode, or at the very least, release noxious … Continue reading &#859
All the browns and oranges and gourds and pods that were starring in this space for the last month or two are back in their hiding places until next year. I decided to go for a completely different look this...All the browns and oranges and gourds an
Before Thanksgiving I took a brief trip through the southwest, including visits to several sites with cliff dwellings. Bandelier National Monument was the first, and my first time seeing cliff dwellings. A lot of fun. I was perhaps expecting the buil
Six months ago I visited the spikylicious garden of Matt Shreves, an Austin gardener I met on Instagram. Last month, he kindly invited the Austin blogger group over (or maybe we invited ourselves over, and he graciously agreed), so I got to enjoy the
I visited a local shop today and found an old crystal door knob for my new creations topper.Almost looks like it was made that way. (-:I am still wondering what my Mom might think of my new creation out of her old lamp base.I added a battery candle f
from the body, (death) is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:8) I knew beyond a shadow of doubt that when the medical team said my dear husband had died, that he was with Jesus, our awesome God and Creator. Knowing that has given me much p
Flurries were forecast, but the moist air had other ideas. We woke up to a wonderful blanket of snow and it continued snowing throughout the day.In the South, everything shuts down for snow and/or ice. Today was no exception. It was wonderfully quiet
Before Thanksgiving I took a brief trip through the southwest, including visits to several sites with cliff dwellings. Bandelier National Monument was the first, and my first time seeing cliff dwellings. A lot of fun. I was perhaps expecting the buil
It's that time of year, lists of gifts suitable for gardeners are popping up everywhere. I'm going to make it simple though and focus on just one idea... give the gift of membership in the Pacific Horticulture Society...Not only are you giving your f
The flakes started hitting my windshield at 2:30 pm over in central-east Austin. By the time I got home I thought it was all over, but the heavy, gray sky and cold temps convinced me to start pulling pots of tender succulents up against the shelterin
We had such a lovely time planning and creating the fresh flowers for Alex & Ben's beautiful wedding day at The White Hart in Lydgate, our meetings were just fabulous and alway's included Alex's fab mum Karen and Ben's ace Mum PatBen &amp
Found this cleaning out her stuff last Summer. Merry Christmas to me(-: It was never used. Still in the box. She had a lot of things like that. Brand new except smoking made them not so new. Glass/ceramic can be washed and I left it outside
It was a mere 16 degrees F. when I got up to make coffee this morning around 6:30 a.m. As the sun was slowly rising I noticed that the frost on the roofs of the houses across the street was...It was a mere 16 degrees F. when I got up to make coffee t
Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we would like to say that we welcome the wintry weather that has finally arrived in our garden. Now we don't have to feel guilty when we don't do anything in the garden, though let us tell you there is p
We've had such a mild autumn that my winterizing series has stretched on much longer than I intended it to. Currently a period of dry, sunny, days is upon us, which means we're looking at the possibility of a real frost...unless the insane east wind
My dear readers, please welcome my good friend Susan Harris of GardenRant to Clay and Limestone! She's my first guest writer, so, you know that what she's sharing must be special!I think it is! For the last many years we gardeners have lamented the l
For one West Austin homeowner, this is the view from her front door: an undulating, rhythmic front walk of poured-concrete pavers wending through a meadowy swath of Berkeley sedge, soap aloes, and purple heart, with a scrim of yaupon hollies shieldin
Good morning Folks ~ I hope your December is off to a good start. Im finishing up decorating, tinsel on trees, and setting up the Nativity. Not doing as much as in years past. There are a lot of blooms happening here at Plum Cottage gardens. All of t
Were four raccoons and a skunk. That is up from the previous nights. They have notified their buddies I guess. Oh PepeHow could you deny such a sweet little face like that? LOL Even little critters are hungry this time of year. Lucky thing I keep a b
Sunday afternoon it was warm enough that we washed windows. Monday afternoon we marveled as the high temperature topped out at 61 degrees (16.11 C.). The normal high in early December is about 34 degrees F. (1.66 C.). You do...Sunday afternoon it was
Although my gardening companion has been busy adding rhododendrons to our woodland garden, and moving around native azaleas and kalmias, my vegetable gardening activities have slowed down (along with the pollinator-supporting ones).Because of traveli
Although it's hard to tell, the subject of the photo below and thus my Wednesday Vignette is a stump. It's the stump of a once giant Photinia that grew between our driveway and the neighboring house..I find myself watching this stump through out the
Lisa and Duncan had chosen a fabulous colour scheme perfect for their Oriental themed wedding day, soft blush to deep reds. We created Lisa's wedding bouquet of pink Peonies teamed with deep hot pink Roses, bright red Red Roses, Burgundy Peonies and
If you happen to be in Eugene, Oregon, and want to see beautiful nature art, visit the University of Oregon’s Ford Alumni Center and look for the big hearth wall. On a visit to this pretty college town last summer I fell for the work Contem
I don't mean me. I'm thinking of you. Whoever you are, out there dreaming of more garden space with lots of sun and great soil. Our next-door neighbor has just put her house on the market. She and her late...I don't mean me. I'm think