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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Along the path returning from our hike today, near the location of spotting my first wild asparagus fields, the poppies have continued to illuminate the hillsides. Im assuming theyre poppies that have naturalized for centuries, now here permanently i
At this time of year so much is happening and it is happening so fast I hate to miss a moment of it. New Birdhouse made in Germany Carolina Allspice Froggy Birdhouse Blooming Iris Lilacs are crazy this yea
Spring in Austin is glorious this year, and especially so in my friend Jenny Stocker’s garden. The Rock Rose blogger cultivates a gravel garden of mostly Texas native wildflowers and grasses sown among woody lilies like agave and yucca, acc
Think European. In Salem, Oregon. We're flashing back to June of 2016...From our Study Weekend brochure: "Our Mediterranean-style home and 2-acre garden began as an abandoned hilltop pasture 17 years ago. Our garden reflects the influence of our visi
Its wild asparagus time in Umbria, and weve been seeing locals foraging along roads adjacent to olive groves, in thickets, and in shallow ditches. They often wear rubber boots, and carry cloth collecting bags some even have special tools to clip and
Every Monday afternoon I meet a group of women friends for coffee at a shop near my favorite branch library. We spend two hours discussing politics, history, art, textiles and stitchery, movies and TV. But a great portion of our...Every Monday aftern
I am so happy the ice plant is blooming! I have her sitting on the bbq on the patio in full hot sun.I think she needs some sunglasses with all that sun shining on her.(-: It is only going to get hotter and sunnier in that spot as Summer arrives.&
Other plants than hellebores are blooming in my garden, including small bulbs like windflower anemones and scilla, but hellebores like 'Kingston Cardinal,' above, have the largest presence.I now have about fifty hellebore plants, thanks to division a
Ruthie Burrus used a pile of limestone rocks dug out of her garden to build a charming garden haus in her backyard. Adding antique doors, recycled windows, and metal roofing, she modeled the shed after the humble limestone structures constructed by G
Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I have been on a quest to grow consistently healthy happy microgreens.  During the wet season, anything I leave outside in the weather is going to flood, get attacked by bugs,
When several of your creative friends are linked to an exhibition called Flora Exotica you have to go check it out, right?Flora Exotica took place last Sunday at Casa Rana (aka Flora Noble). Owners Elsa and Tyler Lang invited Portlanders int
Last night saw my first mollusc watch greenhouse session of the year hence the little snail you can see accompanying today's 'In A Vase On Monday'. I didn't find any snails but came across two slugs so was able to prematurely and gleefully end their
The view of the Umbra valley from the downstairs den of our HomeExchange house.  Weve really had a lovely time exploring this valley and surrounding ones.
Today's high is supposed to be 46 degrees F. (7.77 C.) with daily highs for the next ten days between 50 (10 C.) and 60 degrees F. (15.55 C.). That means this snow should disappear fairly quickly. Despite being frustrated...Today's high is su
Slowly but inexorably, spring is arriving in my Maine garden. It has been a hesitant, halting, two-steps-forward-and-one-step-back sort of spring. On Friday, the sun shone and the temperature rose to 60F, a great day for spring clean-up in the garden
You know how you see things when you are visiting other peoples blogs and wish you had something they have? Yeah happens all the time for me. Recently it was an Elf.I was visiting Outlaw Gardeners blog. So I took a chance and wrote to ask where he fo
These two were an absolute pleasure to look after, every meeting we had we ended up with us all just laughing, we loved all of their ideas, we loved their venues, fabulous Bartle Hall and the Church, St John the Baptist at Broughton this is
Today is Foliage Follow-Up, a celebration of great foliage plants on the day after Bloom Day, and I’m celebrating the return to nurseries all over Austin of one of my favorite foliage plants for dry shade or morning sun: ‘Sparkler
In my last post I wrote about using columnar shrubs and trees for privacy.  I want to continue on that topic since privacy in the yard has been on my mind a lot lately.  At this time of year I want to be outside working in the garde
A better blogger would have arranged all the plants in one epic photo for this Haul/Wednesday Vignette post. I am not that blogger. Thus I'm stretching the boundaries of the meme and sharing several photos, with the idea that it's all about The Haul,
As you know in 2016 when I went over to America I took a busy book for my grandson. Here it is. Now he is turning four and that busy book has been busy being played with by both him and his little sister.   My daughter insi
We walk down the road from our HomeExchange house to where our car is parked (across from the church). The poppies are starting to flower everywhere here in Umbria along roadsides and in fields.
It started snowing around noon and has not stopped. We both keep saying how lovely the garden looks. And it does. It's the weather and there is nothing we can do but sit here and wait until it changes. Lest...It started snowing around noon and has no
 It has been a long week and it's not over yet.I finally was excused from jury duty after I sat all day waiting to be picked. They seated their 12 jurors and alternate and let us all go. Funny thing is my brother in law was there for the sam
I have been watching this line of white birch trees for years. Most people would probably never give them a second look, but to a tree geek like me they are a marvel, because they shouldn’t be doing so well … Continue reading &amp
The best plants look as good going to seed as they do in flower. I’d put ‘Winter Blush’ gopher plant (Euphorbia rigida ‘Winter Blush’) in this category based on its passing resemblance to fading hydra
Good afternoon Folks ~ I hope you all had a lovely Easter and where there is spring I hope you are able to be out to enjoy it. Some of you are still having snowy weather, hang in there, it will pass and the sun will come out, flowers will bloom and b
Last Thursday marked the 8th Annual Pre-Hortlandia Plant Nerd Field Trip for my friends and I. Our core group remains almost the same, although sadly over the years we've had one of the original members drop away (life gets complicated), but there ar
Since my lot is only a quarter of an acre, I have planted many columnar plants (and placed my basalt column, above) to add height without taking up too much space on the ground.  And since we can see parts of sixty-three neighboring homes fr
Our HomeExchange house is near Trevi, a wonderfully situated Umbrian hilltown. This was the view coming back from the supermarket late this afternoon.
I really should say first "poor little Iris," given that it is trying to bloom in below freezing temps and snow. Despite the temperature never getting out of the mid-30s F. yesterday, Sunday's snow started to melt on all our...I really should say fir
We're building hoop house today!! It will be 10x12 ft and will go in the backyard, unheated, and should hold lots of seedling trays. It'll be a temporary, spring-only structure, just to give extra space during April and May. It's a chilly wet day out
 The little red hen passed away on Monday morning.It was a very sad day.After several weeks of trying everything I could think of to bring her back to health, she finally passed.  She had become a house chicken and was only out in t
What a fabulous day we had with the lovely Rebecca & James, we had loads of fun planning the flowers for their big day, it really was a pleasure to get to know them...This was such a pretty September wedding day at Farington Lodge, it could't
When Gardens closed in 2010, it left a void in Austin for a source for high-quality terracotta pottery. Landscape architect Jackson Broussard, who owns and operates Sprout, decided to fill that void by importing Italian Impruneta pots — the
Garden fairies here. We are garden fairies and we are issuing an ultimatum regarding Carol and this garden. Here is our ultimatum. Carol has until Monday to remove all excuses and reasons, whether made up or real, and get out into this garden and get
A chance to combine my Bloomday post and In a Vase on Monday seemed too good to pass up. Although in all honesty this post is primarily a result of my being too busy to post my Bloomday photos yesterday, on the the "real" Bloomday (click on over to M
As March has turned into April, the snow is steadily melting and garden beds are reappearing. This is the first sign of springs arrival in my part of the world. We have now reached the tipping point when there is more bare ground than snow cover, and
The fields are beautiful now, with green fields promising grains and hay to come. Other fields have just been tilled, ready for a variety of beans, I think, based on whats on display in the producto tipico shops in the local hill towns. A remarkable
Friday's rain turned into Saturday's freezing rain, then ice pellets and finally, snow. Still snowing on Sunday. Windy, cold, and totally miserable weather for the middle of April. Nothing from the garden to bring into the interior for display. But..
All right all ready with the April snow!!! What a slow spring!! We're still having temperatures in the 30-40's (F). Charley likes it. I'm looking forward to 50-60's. I hear it'll get warm next Thursday. I won't hold my breath.
There aren't that many choices for flowers in early spring, but after a dark winter these hardy little bloomers never feel boring to me.  Above is a group of 'Ruby Giant' crocus.  The contrast between the orange stamens, silvery vio
How did the weekend go so fast?Oh well at least I have some pretty blooms to share with you. 
Every Monday is a chance to celebrate with a vase and not surprisingly this week's 'In A Vase On Monday' has an Easter theme. Photos were taken yesterday afternoon as the forecast for today was wet, wet, wet. In fact when I looked out of the window a
Who knew a patch of bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) by the front door could bring so much joy? Well, probably lots of Texans. It is our state flower, and we all take pictures of our kids and dogs sitting in fields of them every spring. My own personal
I am a bit embarrassed to admit how long it has been since I vacuumed around here. Where does the time go? Good question. Time just goes, doesn't it? It only stands still in a garden. The rest of the time? Swoosh. It goes by fast. But in my defense,
Remember the sad Ligularia dentata 'Othello' I shared back on April 4th? (here) It had accidentally been deprived of sunlight, with a cinder-block placed over the top of it's container. It's made quite the recovery, with its leaves now looking like a
Hello Friends ~ I hope you all are enjoying preparing for Easter. I hope and pray that in the hustle and bustle of the holiday you will ponder the real reason behind this holiday. This is my favorite holiday, it is Resurrection Day, a day of rejoicin
A wonderful hill town near Assisi, Spello has adopted the theme of flowers and art as a marketing tag a successful endeavor, as its by far the greenest of any of the hill towns were visited so far!  Delightful.  Annual contests enco