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Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore!

Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore!

I knew I wasn’t in my bed at home when I woke up in the middle of the night and heard the ocean roaring outside. And when I grabbed my camera at 5:45 this morning, this is what greeted when I stepped out on the deck of the house we’re renting:

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#GBFling14: Lan Su Chinese Garden

#GBFling14: Lan Su Chinese Garden

The first garden we visited on day 1 of the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling was the Lan Su Chinese Garden. Located in the heart of downtown Portland, it is surrounded by a mix of modern high rises and more traditional brick buildings.

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: What drought? Harvest looks great

This looks like a bountiful summer. In backyards and orchards throughout the Sacramento area, fruit trees are covered with ripening plums and peaches. Limbs hang extra heavy with unexpectedly large crops.

Don’t these trees know there’s a drought?

Apparently, they do. This is just another way nature...

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#GBFling14: Sean Hogan Garden

#GBFling14: Sean Hogan Garden

The first garden I saw after I arrived in Portland, Oregon for the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling was also one of the most beautiful. It wasn’t on the tour, but I was privileged enough to enjoy it throughout my stay. It belongs to Sean Hogan, the owner of Cistus Nursery, whose...

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2014 Garden Bloggers Fling plant haul

2014 Garden Bloggers Fling plant haul

Sometimes it’s easier to start at the end. Before I begin posting about the gardens and nurseries we visited during the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, Oregon, I want to introduce you to the plants I brought back.

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Yes, everything...

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2014 Garden Bloggers Fling preview

2014 Garden Bloggers Fling preview

I just got back from five jam-packed days in Portland, Oregon, attending the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling. We visited private and public gardens, nurseries, and even Timber Press, one of the world’s preeminent publisher of gardening, horticulture and natural history books. The organizers went above and beyond to create a...

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2014 Garden Bloggers Fling index

This topic will contain a list to all posts relating to the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling, held in Portland, Oregon from July 11 to July 13. 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling preview

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: State Fair shows water-wise awareness

Before the State Fair opened its gates Friday, visitors to Cal Expo already were noticing the drought-minded changes this summer.

“The grass on Exposition Boulevard is looking pretty sorry,” said Sonya Logman, Cal Expo’s external affairs director. “Actually, we’ve gotten phone calls – ‘Hey, you’ve got some sprinklers broken – your...

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Heading to the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, OR

Heading to the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling in Portland, OR

pdx_fling_logoI’ll be offline until next week because I’m heading to Portland, Oregon for the 2014 Garden Bloggers Fling. This is the 7th gathering of garden bloggers; most of them are from North America, but a surprising number will come across the Big Pond.

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Cousin Itt moves in

Cousin Itt moves in

Yesterday started out on a sad note as I removed yet another potted bamboo. This Sinobambusa tootsik ‘Albovariegata’ had been growing for years in a large bowl (29” wide by 14” tall) next to the family room slider. With its beautifully variegated leaves it was one of my favorite bamboos. Unfortunately, I had...

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