things and places for homes and gardens

File: July 2010

2010-07-30 :: megan // General
Reliable Sources

A few weeks ago I had a to drive up to Seattle for a conference. I figured there surely must be an opportunity for some plant ogling along the way. Loree tipped me off to a place she’d heard of – Jungle Fever Exotics in Tacoma. They don’t have a website, I couldn’t find hours [...]

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2010-07-29 :: megan // Plants
Beach gardens

The last two winters in a row took down almost all the New Zealand Flax in Portland, and most Portlander gardeners seem to be swearing off the plant for good. How’s that going, by the way? I’ve already caved on that resolution. However, it’s not one of those plants you have to travel to far [...]

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2010-07-26 :: megan // Plants
Plants to go

I spotted these adorable takeout containers in a restaurant on a recent business trip to Seattle. Of course I had to stop for dinner, just to get close enough to get a picture.

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Notice anything fancy? Do you see it? I am typing this post from what some might call My New iPad. But I call it Purse Computer. In case it is not perfectly clear, I am a serious nerd at heart. I love the gadgets. Ever since laptops have been a thing, I have rarely been [...]

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2010-07-21 :: megan // Plants
The denial garden

Some people name their gardens. I have a hard time even naming pets. I have to let their names come to me, otherwise they never fit, and some weird nickname sticks. How else could you explain a dog named Pants? I’ve never thought of any particular title for my garden but if it were to [...]

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2010-07-12 :: megan // Nurseries + Plants
Even more Cistus?

Too much blogging about the plants at Cistus Nursery? Not possible. Either you are lucky enough to be able to visit frequently but you can’t get enough, or you aren’t able to visit, and it is our duty as Portlanders to share the experience. You must always stop and visit the mature tree fern. We [...]

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2010-07-09 :: megan // General
Finaly found – Saruma henryi

It was love at first sight with the velvety ground-hugging perennial at the Chinese Garden, that nobody seemed to recognize. Finally I got a plant name – Saruma henryi. A cousin of the Asarum (wild ginger) – the name is an anagram. Of course, in plant hunting, knowing the name is only half the battle. [...]

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