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Princely Pastures

My garden pal Evan – whom some of you might know as The Practical Plant Geek, if you follow his blog (which you should), organized a field trip for us bloggers to famed wholesale nursery Little Prince of Oregon, this … Continue reading

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The last rose…

Every so often, Portland gets hit with a little snow, and sometimes even an ice storm. Over the past two days, we got both – a double whammy. Once again, I am thankful for the roof over my head, and … Continue reading

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So much to be thankful for – Thanksgiving 2016

Here it is again – one of my two favorite Holidays in my adopted country – Thanksgiving. (The other one is Halloween, but you probably knew that already.) I guess it would be easy to just focus on the food, … Continue reading

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Wednesday Vignette – gate of opportunity

You know those annoying “memories” that Facebook tries to make you recycle? Well, I usually don’t, but this one is as relevant now as it was when I wrote it a year ago, so it will serve as this week’s Wednesday Vignette. … Continue reading

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Soften the Environmental Blow With a Green Roof!

Originally posted on The Creative Flux:
Ever since I attended an architectural product luncheon back in 1993, where a Swiss rep was showing his wares – various sizes of the plastic, egg crate-looking modules holding the planting medium used to…

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Growing a cooler backyard

Originally posted on Ministry of the fence:
Large trees plus light-coloured surfaces equal lower temps on hot summer days. Photo of an urban Toronto garden shot in June, 2015. When it comes to growing a cooler backyard, for once I’m…

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My very own fertility goddess

Standing in a field, outside the little town where I grew up, is an ancient cairn, said to be a Bronze Age tribute to the  fertility cult of Freyr and Freya. It has been there longer than anyone knows, and is … Continue reading

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