Un-Weedin’ the Garden

Nana: "We weeded the garden today" Alexis: "No Nana, we un-weeded the garden today." I stand corrected! That is exactly what we did...pulled weeds. Once again, the joy of gardening through my 5-year-old granddaughters point of view. Now for some other thoughts on un-weeding your garden! Read "In  Defense of Weeds", After the click...Compost mulches and…

Re-defining Andante

It is so very close to flower show time. The Pacific Northwest is buzzing as the calendar flips to February. The buzz in my head started many months ago. I received a phone call from Mark the Pond Guy (www.markthepondguy.com) and he said he was involved in putting together one of the big display gardens this year. Would I…

Last minute gift Idea: Wrap up Tea Time

Wrap up Tea Time Purchase pre-packaged or make your own blends if you have dried herbs harvested from the summer garden. Create a unique card to hold tea bags. Try this easy one sheet (scrapbook paper 12 x 12) folded accordion card, how-to’s are here: http://scrapbooking.about.com/od/3dembellishments/ss/onesheetminibook.htm Gift Package with a tea cup, shortbread cookies, a jar of…

Last minute gift idea: Christmas Quinoa

The last stretch before Christmas--do we mob the mall for those last minute things or pay overnight shipping  OR do we get creative.                                                   I love homemade gifts. As we head…

Grow a (Paper) White Christmas

Tis the season to start your paperwhites!  Fragrant and easy to grow, Narcissus tazetta commonly known as “paperwhites” are bulbs that are native to warmer climates and grow easily without a chilling period.  This classic indoor bulb is intensely fragrant with elegant star-shaped clusters of white flowers that are popular at holiday time. Once planted,…