Resolve to Mulch

Resolve to Mulch

Happy New Year! I hope this post finds you well. While gardening is not often top of mind this time of year, it’s a great time to take care of some of those often neglected tasks such as spreading a fresh coat of bark mulch in your beds. Adding approximately 3 inches of decomposed bark mulch […] more…

Better Backyards

In my last blog post I mentioned I attended a weed eradication workshop hosted by the Audubon Society of Portland and Columbia Land Trust. As a follow-up to this, I attended an additional training workshop and am now a member of the Backyard Habitat Landscape Directory! I’m excited to be a part of this knowledgeable group […] more…

Into the Weeds

I recently attended a workshop called “Into the Weeds” at the Audubon Society of Portland, where I learned all kinds of interesting information about weeds, invasive species and native plants. While all of the info was valuable, I thought I’d share a few highlights I found particularly interesting. Did you know that you can report […] more…
Let’s Get Fat this Winter

Let’s Get Fat this Winter

Let’s get Fatsia japonica¸ that is! While fall brings us colorful leaves and delicious apples, most of us know what else it brings Portland – lots of rain and grey skies for months. I’m able to tolerate this dreariness because I know all of this rain is the key to the lush vegetation that surrounds […] more…
Landscape Illustration

Landscape Illustration

I was intrigued when I found this vintage book at my children’s school book fair: The Art of Drawing Trees. While much has changed since the 1960’s when this was published, the fundamentals of drawing haven’t. This book includes great technical instruction and beautiful examples of hand-rendered trees in the landscape. And at just 50 […] more…
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