Monthly Archives: April 2012

PRIMROSE – PRETTY IN PINK – EASY TO GROW – Primula ‘Kisoana’

PRIMULA ‘KISOANA’ I found this pretty little primrose last year, and put it in the semi-shade garden.  It performed well last  growing, blooming and holding up well against the bunnies and deer. Primula kisoana is a good choice in a woodland garden.  It … Continue reading

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Try Growing Fruit In Small Spaces

Use all of your available space!  a little corner (34 inches by 48 inches) between the fence and the heat pump has become home to a ‘north pole’ columnar apple tree, 25 ’tillamook’ strawberries and a pot of something, that … Continue reading

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Garden WOW Ornamental Rhubarb

Add the WOW factor to your garden  with ‘ORNAMENTAL RHUBARB’ RHEUM PALMATUM var. TANGUTICUM’ Another favorite perennial,  at one time or another, they are all my favorite! THE BACK STORY:  We saw this amazing perennial cousin to the rhubarb last … Continue reading

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Implementing the Kitchen Garden Plan ( 3/3 )

EXTEND YOUR GROWING SEASON:  If you are in an area with a short growing season, like we are, you might want to extend your growing season by using cold frames, or cold frame wannabes. Many years ago, in our last … Continue reading

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Implementing the Kitchen Garden Plan ( 2/3 )

BE REALISTIC ABOUT WHAT YOU GROW: Pick your plants realistically. I would love to grow lots of stone fruits, melons, and figs, but they won’t thrive here and space is too valuable to waste with plants that won’t do well. … Continue reading

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Outstanding Perennial In The Shade Garden # 1 – Pulmonaria

Lungwort, pulmonaria ‘cotton cool’, not so great a name but really a great plant!  This is one of my favorite perennials! A really striking addition to a beautiful garden! It is very hardy and very forgiving, especially when I decide … Continue reading

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Implementing the Kitchen Garden Planning ( 1/3 )

Berry Bed

Raspberries and Blackberries

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Garden Art from bowling balls

I love an opportunity to make something ‘throw away’ into something that can be not only usable but interesting and attractive.  (I found these at garage sales for $3.00 – $5.00) The rich color of this red bowling ball adds … Continue reading

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A Well Planned Kitchen Garden… what to consider

Thinking about a kitchen garden… What is a ‘kitchen garden’?   That seems to be the buzz word for what we used to call the vegetable garden.   It’s a bit more inclusive, I guess, I’m calling our garden a ‘kitchen garden’ … Continue reading

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Vegetable Gardening Again

Last summer we started planning and building a ‘real’ fruit and vegetable garden for the first time since we moved to this property in 2000.   We have some ‘issues’ related to growing food (or anything) where we live.  We are positioned … Continue reading

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