A Pacific Northwest Beach Garden

This beach garden at the 2013 Flower and Garden Show was a delight.  It was created by Plantswoman Design Inc.  and I was attracted to it right away with it’s coastal theme and cool plants.  It featured drought tolerant coastal and unusual plants.  One of my favorites was Scilla peruviana.   This bold bulb was just beginning to bloom, shooting out little blue stars.  I loved … Continue reading A Pacific Northwest Beach Garden

The Celebration Begins

As the heaviness of winter pulls us down, our heads drop and our shoulders sag.  We plop easily onto couches, feeling little energy or light.  But there are a few plants that remind us that change is in the air.  A few early signs of spring are lifting up through the earth.  Tentatively rising towards that seldom seen sun.  Like festive little balloons, they announce that life … Continue reading The Celebration Begins

Little Known Edible and Useful Plants for the Northwest

This week I attended the Focus on Farming Conference in Snohomish County as a volunteer with the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association.  I was lucky enough to hear a talk by Dave Boehnlein of Terra Phoenix Design.  His concept of permaculture was easy to understand.  To create systems and landscapes that provide things other than aesthetics.  He suggested some new plants  for this permaculture approach. … Continue reading Little Known Edible and Useful Plants for the Northwest