Hot Color In The August Garden

Ooohh, there is hot color in the garden right now! Both blooms and bounty are shades of red, orange and yellow with a measure of plum and violet thrown into the mix. My garden has been a delight (for the most part) this year. I've enjoyed much of the ornamental garden and have a smaller …

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For the Love of Lilies

Oriental lilies are a must-have in my garden.  Visually, they are foot traffic stoppers and they burn their fragrance lamps from the time the first blossom opens until the last petal falls. Lilies bid 'good morning', 'good day', and  'good evening' like no other...Their lovely sweet scent lightly covers the entire garden in late July …

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Raspberry Riches

A series on the Fall garden could never be complete without mentioning ever-bearing raspberries. My raspberries have become RICH... in color, taste and volume and it's been amazing. I have three raspberry bushes (Varieties: 'Heritage', 'Amity' and 'Summit') and this is the second year in my garden so the first real year of production. But …

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Tasty, Ripe, Homegrown Tomatoes… A Force To Be Dealt With?

It's that time of year when the tomato plants (or seeds) you carefully selected, planted, supported and watered are coming into their FULL bounty - sharing their glorious fruits bowl after bowl day after day!  It's amazing that as long as we wait for home-grown ripe tomatoes, they can quickly become an overwhelming force to …

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A Pickin’ and A Grinin’ Pacific Northwest Style

During our recent visit to the greater Portland, Oregon area we had the opportunity to go blueberry picking.  It was in our favor that the Western states experienced a very cool spring and late start to the growing season because typically Northwest blueberries would be on strong in July but this year early/mid August was …

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Returning To The Garden

As I noted earlier in August, it is hard to leave the garden in late summer during the prime harvest season if you are growing food.  A type of garden anxiety disorder can be ignited while you are busy running around getting everything to a point where it will be o.k. to leave if for …

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Getting Vacation-Ready May Cause Temporary Gardener Insanity

Taking a 10 day trip in the middle of the summer harvest season can be cause for a little craziness in a gardener. Now, I know it's a privilege to go on vacation so I don't mean to sound ungrateful for the opportunity but as I was out getting the garden vacation-ready I became a …

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