Category: Gardens

Gardens and Gardening

My Little Backyard Chickadees

In the heat of the day I turned on the stream and sat under the shade of the Douglas Firs. It wasn’t long before I heard the chickadees calling to one another, flying overhead, finally daring to stop by the precious flowing water. We…

Orange and Yellow Roses

I love roses and try my best to grow them in my garden. It’s not always easy.  The shrubs can become scrawny and the leaves spoiled by blackspot.  The buds may be few or may not open at all. Last year I took out…

Busy as a Bee

I walked in my garden today and stopped to watch the bees. Bees on a mission working together and apart, Taking no thought of the other. Bees on the lavender and bees on the chives, Buzzing from blossom to blossom there was room for…

Morning Tour of the May Garden

I woke early to find the sun rising in the garden. It shined on the garden beds anchored by the clematis which is still the star of the show. Other plants are waking up too like this old fashioned fragrant rose. The strawberry bed…

A Photo a Week Challenge: Clematis Three Ways

I planted this clematis in my garden many years ago and it’s been happily climbing ever since – up the fence, around neighboring shrubs, and over everything in its path.  It doesn’t ask for fertilizer or any special care, just a place to spread…

Spring Color at Soos Creek Botanical Garden

It’s been a long week and I needed to get out for fresh air and an easy walk. Soos Creek Botanical Garden was just the ticket so after a quick coffee stop I drove south to the lovely Botanical Garden in Auburn, to walk…

Lady’s Mantle with the Dew

As long as I’ve had a garden it has included Lady’s Mantle.  Not for its flowers, tiny and yellow, appearing like clouds atop its stems.  Not for its fragrance – there is none – or its medicinal uses –  there are many. I grow…

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