A Kid’ll Eat Ivy Too, Wouldn’t You?

By Gardennia nutii When I hike along Oregon trails or look at many yards a little song from my childhood pops into my head: ‘Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy…a kid’ll eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?’ If I had the digestive tract to eat ivy I’d be happy to […]

Creating Naturalistic Bulb Designs

I made a late trip out to Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm last fall to buy Leucojum aestivum (Summer Snowflake), but also succumbed to the other beautiful bulbs they still had in the store. I was particularly happy with the tulips I purchased and wished I’d planted more in the ground and in containers. I’m curious […]

More Garden-related Events for you to enjoy

Saturday, September 25, 11am-4pm — “Green on Green” Garden Tour benefiting the Portland Reading Foundation. Tickets are $20 and are available online and at Portland Nursery-Stark Street, GardenFever!, Oxalis, Market of Choice and Cornell Farms. Stunning gardens in southeast Portland, Eastmoreland, Garthwick and the Burlingame neighborhoods are showcased on this tour paying homage to the […]

18 Noteworthy (Strangest?) Gardens

I like peeking into other people’s gardens so when my co-worker Whitney Rideout (you know her as Gardenia nutii) sent me a link to a collection of the world’s most noteworthy (aka strangest) gardens and landscapes, I was intrigued. As it happens, the Eureka, California garden of Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Plants: The Weed […]

Tip for Controlling Root Weevils

 Photo courtesy of Portland Nursery  I had time to work in the garden last week and noticed that I have several species of plants—rhododendron, salal, and bergenia—with notched leaves, a sure sign of a root weevil infestation. I don’t use chemicals in my garden so I was perplexed as to how to address […]

Gaillardia ‘Oranges and Lemons’

Late October last year, I was taking Barney (my adorable golden retriever) for his morning walk when I noticed a Gaillardia putting out blooms as if it was still August. That’s pretty impressive! Since that time, Gaillardia has been on the list of plants I want for my sunny border. It seems I’m not the […]

Saving Electricity and Reducing CO2 One Nursery at a Time

Editor’s Note: This is Part II of a series on nurseries participating in the Climate Friendly Nurseries Project launched August 2009. To read Part I, click here. Take one plant—say, the cheerful Gaillardia ‘Oranges and Lemons.’ It brightens many a summer garden. And it’s become part of the energy-saving solutions at Blooming Nursery Inc., a […]

13 Eggs

Moana Nursery, a wholesale nursery in Canby, Ore., found what they believe are 13 quail eggs tucked inside a container spruce tree. The nursery will happily leave the eggs to hatch and the parents to raise their family. Photo courtesy: Joe Carli, Moana Nursery According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Web site, […]

Warning: Pristine Gardeners Need Not Read…

By Gardennia nutii What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic, 1878 I’d like to introduce you to a weed whose virtues have been discovered by me this summer: Prunella vulgaris (also known as selfheal, heal-all and heart-of-the-earth). In the past this plant […]

Enticing Hummingbirds

By Trillium Dollars A flash of harmless lightning,A mist of rainbow dyes,The burnished sunbeams brighteningFrom flower to flower he flies.By John Banister Tabb The tiny sweet-hunters chirrr, chase and dive for nectar like there’s no tomorrow. But there will be, thanks to the honeysuckle, lilies, cape fuchsia (Phygelius) and Verbena bonariensis tucked around my garden. […]

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