Friday Favorite: An Inspirational Garden in the Rugged Owyhee Mountains

The Owyhee Mountains are located in high altitude Intermountain desert where sagebrush and lava rock are aplenty.  It is a rugged area and you can tell this by taking a quick visual scan of the landscape.  The fortitude of the region gives a big clue as to rigor of the climate and the lifestyle.  You …

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Early Morning Picks, Puzzling Peas and Smashing Strawberries

This morning it was time to get back into the garden to see what had transpired over the long Holiday weekend.  Since we've had high heat (upper 90's) for almost a week I wondered...will it (the garden) be friend or foe?  In other words, will my "to do" list have grown more than anything else …

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I like Sambucus…

Say the word Sambucus...(sam-boo-kus)... Isn't it just  fun to say?  I think so but maybe my judgement has been swayed a bit because Sambucus can be an amazing specimen in your garden. Sambucus (also known as elderberry) is a genus of shrubs that can be used in many ways including food, drink, medicine and a great food …

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Reds, Greens and Super Supper Salads

The food garden is starting to pick up the pace with the arrival of consistently warm Summer weather.  The reds are looking beautiful... Some are on their way out (bye, bye, radishes)  while others are coming into their own (hello, juicy strawberries!). The greens are growing along at a rapid pace too and it's the …

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Purple Rain, Purple Reign

Now maybe it's because I was in high-school and college in the 80's that certain Prince songs are permanently embedded in my brain, but the other day an old favorite popped into my head while perusing the garden. Purple rain, purple rain....purple rain, purple rain... Yes, we had just received another shower (we are having so …

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Great Gardening Weekend Satisfies the Soul

Wonderful weather can make a great gardening weekend!  Of course, there are lots of fun things to do during nice weather but this weekend was very productive in the garden.  I think because it was the first real "feeling" of summer here in the Intermountain West.  Some of you know what summer is like here …

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Starting June with Surprise Strawberries!

Since June is national fruit month I recently wrote an article for a local magazine about growing strawberries in your backyard.  Strawberries are definitely one of the starlets of early summer so it is hardly possible for a gardener to bite into a sweet, juicy, homegrown strawberry and not consider the possibility of growing these delicious …

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New Plants for the Garden! Thanks Annie’s!

New plants for the garden are always SO much fun!  Especially when an order from Annie's Annuals & Perennials arrives!  Annie's is known for rare and unusual annual & perennial plants.  They specialize in cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California natives. I have a few open spots in my main mixed border just …

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