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#GBFling14: Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose, OR

#GBFling14: Joy Creek Nursery, Scappoose, OR

Joy Creek Nursery, located outside the small town of Scappoose about 20 miles to the north of Portland, Oregon, is the kind of the nursery you dream about. Every plant looks pristine—better than it ever would in your own garden.

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#GBFling14: Portland Japanese Garden

#GBFling14: Portland Japanese Garden

One of the gardens we visited during the recent Garden Bloggers Fling was the Portland Japanese Garden, surely one of the most spectacular public gardens in the country. I’d visited it twice before (see “Related Posts” at the bottom of the page) and knew what to expect. However, this is such...

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Seeds: Preserve that produce on

Got too many tomatoes? Cucumbers piling up? Overloaded with peaches? It’s time to can it – and we know some folks willing to help.

Today is International Can-It-Forward Day, a celebration of harvest preservation. This self-proclaimed holiday is the brain child of Jarden Home Brands, the makers of Ball brand...

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The mysterious case of the prickly palo verde

The mysterious case of the prickly palo verde

My infatuation with the three palo verde trees in front of our house continues unabated. I love running my hands through the soft, delicate foliage.

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I did just a few days ago with the ‘Desert Museum’ palo verde (Parkinsonia...

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The garden after our summer vacation

The garden after our summer vacation

Whenever I get back from vacation, I usually have a hard time getting back into the swing of things. It was no different this year. In fact it was worse, probably because I’d had such a great time on Hawaii (aka the Big Island).

The one thing I do...

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Hawaii: Mauna Kea silversword, the rarest plant I’ve ever seen

Hawaii: Mauna Kea silversword, the rarest plant I’ve ever seen

On one of the last days of our Hawaii vacation I got to see one of the rarest plants I’ll every lay my eyes on: the Mauna Kea silversword (Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. sandwicense). Like its close relative, the Haleakalā silversword we saw last year on Maui (Argyroxiphium sandwicense ssp. macrocephalum), the...

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The Sacramento Bee
Seeds: Bad bugs invade our summer gardens

With armored bodies or weapon-shaped limbs, they look like creatures from an unfriendly alien world – or a blockbuster movie. But their damage is very real. Seemingly out of nowhere, they invade to suck the joy out of our tranquil summer harvest.

It’s the Invasion of the Bad Bugs.

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Hawaii: The perfect sunset to bid us goodbye

Hawaii: The perfect sunset to bid us goodbye

I know some people are quite happy to return to their normal lives at the end of their vacation. I’m not one of them. I could be on vacation forever. Or at least give it a valiant try.

On our final evening on Hawaii I went to ʻAnaehoʻomalu Bay in Waikoloa. Also...

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Hawaii: Foxtail agave (Agave attenuata) loves hot and humid island climate

Hawaii: Foxtail agave (Agave attenuata) loves hot and humid island climate

The Big Island of Hawaii isn’t a place you go to see succulents. The wet eastern side—some places receive in excess of 150 inches a rain a year—would kill most succulents. Although much drier, the western side isn’t a hotbed of succulent activity either. I did spot a few very large Agave americana, including...

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Hawaii: Hawaiian golden bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris)

Hawaii: Hawaiian golden bamboo (Bambusa vulgaris)

Bambusa vulgaris comes in several incarnations: all green straight culms; all green culms with swollen internodes (cultivar ‘Wamin’); all yellow culms with very thin green lines (cultivar ‘Kimmei’ or ‘Aureovariegata’); and all yellow culms with barcode-like green strips (cultivar ‘Vittata’, aka painted bamboo).

A lot of the “generic” green bamboo I saw from...

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