Rainyleaf is about plants. Ornamental plants, native plants, beautiful plants, ugly plants and my favorite plants. There is information on new plants and old plants, trees, shrubs, perennials, veggies and more. I also will have posts on biocontrols I use in the greenhouse and other Integrated Pest Management strategies. For anyone who enjoys being out in the garden– looking at the familiar and the unusual, learning and testing new ideas and sharing all this green information, Rainyleaf might be for you.
My name is Elaine Sawyer and I am the primary author of rainyleaf. I live in Duvall, Washington, but have also resided in New York (birthplace), North Carolina, Colorado, Utah and the central coast of California. Born May 16th, my favorite season is the spring. I love the new growth, the colors, the change, and the excitement. I’m jealous of photosynthesis. In summer I adore the sunshine and let it fill me up with light, holding in as much as possible until it is all drained out by January. I try and carry it a little longer, but in Washington, only a memory remains. In fall I enjoy the harvest and want to make an overabundance of jam and pickles. Winter is dark and moves too slowly. It’s sticky, but the scent of witchhazel makes it worthwhile, and it’s a great time to read a good book.
In 2011 I passed the Certified Professional Horticulturist exam for Washington State and became a CPH. Most of the world doesn’t know about this certification, but it has given me skills and knowledge that I use everyday, such as putting the right plant in the right place. To learn more about the CPH program, visit wsnla.org. I graduated with a zoology degree from Brigham Young University and studied Marine Biology as well. I am married and the mother of four children who are the best part of my life. I have a small gardening business, helping clients with design, planting and and fine pruning. I worked at the Gray Barn Nursery in Redmond, Washington for almost seven years and thoroughly enjoyed the nursery industry, especially being around plants and people that love plants. I am currently an Instructional Support Technician for the Horticultural Program at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, Washington. Working with amazing people, greenhouse growing and helping students makes this a perfect job for me. I learn something new every day.