Gardens

Gardeners are fascinated by what’s growing, what’s in season, the latest design, the newest plants. I’m currently obsessed with moss and am cultivating a small plot near the entrance to my teahouse. Part of a gardener’s passion is seeing what other gardeners do – and what the latest trends and likes are. I write about these topics and others.

Moss obsession

By the side entrance to the Tea House is a flood run-off ditch that fills with water in the spring and fall. It's in deep shade and I've become obsessed with cultivating moss in this small area. Last spring I ordered a 6 foot square sheet of moss from Moss Acres. The...

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Spring is fleeting

I've planted in some wonderful pockets of shade and this is the time of year when the spring ephemerals start to appear. The colors seem to be a range of blue and yellow with Brunnera, Virginia Bluebells, and Celdon Poppy.  Soon a white Trillium will show up. In the...

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Restraint

If I wasn’t careful I would cover my entire property with flowers, trees and shrubs. But there is something refreshing about pulling back, becoming more simple and allowing the natural rhythm of the landscape to unfold. I'm learning restraint and allowing the...

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A black fence

This past fall I finally put in a deer fence and added a gate to my small garden. I have a white Victorian house and after much thought decided to paint the fence and gate BLACK. In fact, "Panther Black." It was kind of daring. I painted it in the early spring before...

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A Japanese Garden

Here is a beautiful quote from the curator of the Portland Japanese Garden, Sadafumi Uchiyama. He expresses the essence of a tea garden and for me, the essence of Japanese art and culture....

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First winter storm

  The first winter storm has arrived. The garden has been swept clean of leaves and we're ready for the long, cold months ahead. The winter garden is very beautiful with just the first dusting of snow. It's at this time that we see clearly how the evergreens and fence...

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Deconstruction of a tea house

This is a fascinating deconstruction of a tea house. It's all glass, whereas tea houses of the past were dark, enclosed spaces where you could hardly see. Light and shadow were paramount aspects. But here - all is revealed. I would love to have tea in this space....

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30 billion dollars a year

I heard that gardeners spend 30 billion dollars a year on gardening stuff. That dollar amount is so huge I had to double check it on Google. It's accurate. What are we all spending money on? For me it's perennial and annuals every spring. I'm making a woodland garden...

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Moss obsession

By the side entrance to the Tea House is a flood run-off ditch that fills with water in the spring and fall. It's in deep shade and I've become obsessed with cultivating moss in this small area. Last spring I ordered a 6 foot square sheet of moss from Moss Acres. The...

Spring is fleeting

I've planted in some wonderful pockets of shade and this is the time of year when the spring ephemerals start to appear. The colors seem to be a range of blue and yellow with Brunnera, Virginia Bluebells, and Celdon Poppy.  Soon a white Trillium will show up. In the...

After the rain

Short video of the tea garden in the rain

Restraint

If I wasn’t careful I would cover my entire property with flowers, trees and shrubs. But there is something refreshing about pulling back, becoming more simple and allowing the natural rhythm of the landscape to unfold. I'm learning restraint and allowing the...

A black fence

This past fall I finally put in a deer fence and added a gate to my small garden. I have a white Victorian house and after much thought decided to paint the fence and gate BLACK. In fact, "Panther Black." It was kind of daring. I painted it in the early spring before...