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About ourhomeinthewoods

I am a wife, mother and nana to an amazing little girl! My husband and I have been working on a huge DIY project for since 1999 and for the foreseeable future. A great house and garden on almost 10 acres in the beautiful, scenic Snoqualmie Valley in the Pacific Northwest. We are very enthusiastic amature gardeners and do-it-yourselfers. We also try to balance great results with great economy, or in other words, we love saving money. The more we save, the more we can spend on more great plants!

Hellebores: A Great Choice for an Early Blooming Evergreen Ground Cover

http://www.postofficefarmnursery.com. au/about-hellebores/growing/ Hellebores:  A Great Choice for an Early Blooming Evergreen Ground Cover HELLABORES:  Can you ever have enough of them?  At ourhomeinthewoods, we have over 500, hellebores, not exaggerating, we really do.  We’re not too fussy about varieties although we … Continue reading

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Fragrant Pink Flowers Attract Butterflies To Your Garden

Last year we were looking for an interesting tall perennial that would do well in a fairly sunny and pretty wet place.  We found an 4 – 5 ft tall herbaceous perennial – Swampy milkweed also known as Asclepias incarnata. … Continue reading

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from RE-CYCLE to UP-SCALE Useful Garden Art

A few weeks ago I stopped at a garage sale and picked up this metal barrier.  I was told that it was used as a barrier around a public sign at a park.  At the time I wasn’t sure how … Continue reading

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Amber Jubilee – Fantastic Foliage

Our ‘amber jubilee’ has been in the garden for about a year now.  It’s doing great – growing with beautiful color.  Happy & healthy.  I was exited at finding this plant last year and adding to our collection of ninebarks.  … Continue reading

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Eskimo Sunset Maple Offers Dramatic Pink Foliage

  Eskimo Sunset Sycamore Maple Acer pseudoplatanus ‘Esk Sunset’ Eskimo Sunset is one the showiest of maples in our yard.   The variations of oranges and pinks in the leaves make this a striking addition to any garden.  Ours is planted … Continue reading

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Prunella ‘Summer Daze’ – An Unusual Pretty Pink Perennial

Our garden is at it’s best in the early to mid spring. We have been needing to add summer color and have been focusing on adding plants with foliage interest and summer bloomers.   US Plant Patent #19,609 I bought … Continue reading

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Topsy – Turveys – GREAT SPACE SAVER

Our heat pump just happens to be located in the best place on our property for the food garden.  It takes up some prime real estate against the house with the best southern exposure that we have.   It is going … Continue reading

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From ‘Free’ to Fantanstic – Free Grating makes a Great Gabion Garden Bench

One Sunday last summer we were on our way to a friend’s house to pick something up. We passed a house with this grating by the side of the road and a sign that said FREE. Needless to say… we … Continue reading

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Blackberry & Raspberry Success!

What a difference a year makes!  Two years ago we put in the food garden including the berry bed. Berries gone wild! The first year they sleep, the second year they creep, the third year they LEAP We gardeners all … Continue reading

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‘Common’ Mahonia Deserves Another Look

Mahonia 3-7-2014 Today we had a brief respite between rain and wind storms. As I was strolling the yard making the pre-spring assessment of what needs to be done… a sweet fragrance caught my attention. We love to collect the … Continue reading

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