Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
"Bodacious" dahlia from Swan Island Dahlias at dahlias.com - my favorite variety and the biggest flower in my garden - always impressive!
Hostas emerging and unfurling in Spring.
The Western Tanager.
Anna's Hummingbird - does not migrate from the Northwest - stays in residence all winter - much to our enjoyment.
Pack of Bush-Tits. They always travel in groups of 20 or so. So cute and little!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I love travelling to the south of France and I love the market shopping almost more than anything. Once a year I take a very small group of clients to the south of France for of wonderful shopping - a different market every day, garden tours, antique shopping, architectural ruin viewing, lavender field strolling, sunflower field gazing for an entire week of French bliss. Oh yes, don't forget the day at the vineyard and the evening at the cooking school.....just delightful, oh and the stay at the 16th century mill house! To be honest, I took last year off (I was a little tired!) but I am back on track this year for the 2nd week of June.......3 openings left, by the way.....
Monday, March 16, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Last on my list today is the absolutely geekiest plant event of the year in Portland, but Dear God I LOVE IT! For those of you that are not total plant geeks like me and/or those who don't have a chance to be in Portland this weekend, please turn on your Portland filter now. This Friday is Plant Nerd Night with Mike Darcy and KXL Radio. What? You have never been? Well then mark your calendar for Friday, March 6th at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2000 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego, Oregon (across from Lake Oswego High School). This is a free event, doors open at 6 and the event starts at 7 pm. Get there early as this is an incredibly popular event and it fills up quickly. Plant Nerd Night is a plant geeks’ dream! A place to see and be seen, your host, Mike Darcy invites local plant vendors to give a brief presentation about what is new and hot in their nurseries this year. After our usual gray winters, it is a spark of light and fresh ideas for the upcoming planting season. The participating vendors bring a ton of their best plants for sale between 6-7. This years vendors/presenters are Xera Plants (LOVE LOVE), Dancing Oaks Nursery, Terra Nova Nursery, One Green World (edibles only nursery)Thompson’s Nursery, (killer rhodies)and Hydrangeas Plus. There are door prizes of killer plants half-time entertainment from the Chorus of the Goddess Flora, a singing group made up of Hardy Plant Society members signing garden inspired lyrics to well recognized melodies – it is a total kick! So come on down to Plant Nerd night and prepare to be entertained! That’s it for now so Cheers! Here’s to dirt under your nails!
Monday, March 2, 2009
HAPPY MARCH! The weather report said it was supposed to be rainy here in Portland today, but I see no sign of it yet. I am sitting by my dining room window in a perfect little sunspot with my new puppy, Stella, snoring away at my feet. It is lovely outside! All of my daffodils and mini iris are working their way to a sunny bloom and I can't wait to get out in the garden this afternoon. But business first!
We did a few lectures at the Portland Yard Garden & Patio show yesterday with the subject of Outdoor Entertaining and we brought along a few new products from our store to share - look at these super cool outdoor solar lights by Allsop. Lit by LED light, they glow beautifully in the evening in your outdoor spaces. I also saw them in Sunset magazine this month (as well as a few other blogs).......they are very crisp and modern and I love them! They retail for $40 each. I think lighting is a completely underused element in outdoor spaces. It can make such a difference in the garden and this is a really easy way to bring a little light in. No cords or plugs necessary. Just charge in the bright sun for 6 hours and get 8 hours of subtle,glowing and ambient light. Perfect for a cocktail party! Did I mention that I love cocktails? Especially in the garden.....
We also brought in these ridiculously comfy "zero gravity" deck recliners by LaFuma from France. I love France. My husband is from France and I try to buy as many French products as I can (like to gnome dinner ware from a previous post). It used to be that LaFuma made only camping gear furniture, but they have moved more towards the fashion furniture thing recently and I am so glad. The orange is my favorite (of course) but we also have turquoise, fuchsia and lime. They retail at $165 each.