gardens: Serving up Fresh Greens at our Rural Camas, Washington Home - 04/30/18 04:42 PM
We can't get enough of the fresh colors of the greens popping up in our yard in Camas, Washington. 
Spring air smells fresh and clean, and the lush greenery at our rural home in Camas matches the sensory expectations.  It's such a delight to see the new growth and tender leaves on a variety of our shrubs and trees. The verdant landscape is short-lived, in a few months, drier weather will have tempered the cool greens. 
 
 
Spring's Promises 
Yesterday, in between the rain showers, we spent a few hours pulling weeds and pruning. While we're still a few months away from our vegetable bounty, it won't … (23 comments)

gardens: Rural Gardens in Clark County, WA - Heavenly Hydrangeas - 08/29/17 08:58 AM

When you live in a more rural area, with a bit of acreage, it's likely your gardens will have various lighting conditions. For example, at our multi-gen home in Camas, we have gardens in full sun, partial sun, and light-dappled shade. Therefore, one of our favorite foundation plants is the hydrangea. There are many varieties of hydrangeas, thriving in full sun to partial shade.
The Panicle Hydrangea is the most sun tolerant and has lovely pyramid shaped flowers from about July through September. As with most hydrangeas, the blooms change color as they age. Ours change from white to pink. Bigleaf and Oakleaf hydrangeas are also good choices … (13 comments)

gardens: Flying Saucers Have Landed in our Camas, WA Garden - 07/27/17 06:36 AM
 
Fresh cucumbers, walla walla sweets, beans, snow peas, and beets. These are a few of the veggies we've been enjoying of late from our Camas garden. However, one interesting squash variety has become a real favorite of our multi-generational family - pattypan squash.
Pattypan squash is generally small, round and shallow, with scalloped edges that make it resemble a flying saucer. We try to pick them when they are on the small side as they are the most tender with a delicate buttery, or olive oil-like flavor. 
The small squash can be braised, steamed, roasted, or grilled whole. One of our favorite ways to enjoy them is … (23 comments)

gardens: When Life Gives You Lemons - Add Lavender! - 07/16/16 01:16 AM

Lavender Lemonade
We recently shared some photos of the lavender growing in our Camas, WA gardens. Lavender is a great choice for the rural landscape as the deer and rabbits seem to leave it alone, apparently they don't care for the aromatic scent. We do! We also love Lavender Lemonade on hot summer days.  This is one of our favorite recipes - although we use a cup of local honey in place of the sugar. 
Ingredients:
1/4 cup lavender (edible; no pesticides and/or perfumes) 2 Cups boiling water 1 Cup sugar Six lemons Cold water or seltzer Ice (optional) If you’re starting from homemade lavender, … (23 comments)

gardens: The Surprise Visit - 08/18/15 12:49 AM
This time of the year, I'm often startled by a frog jumping out between the blossoms as I water one of my potted plants on the back patio. Yesterday afternoon, I was surprised to see this face peering out at me between the leaves.  I crossed my fingers as I ran upstairs to grab my camera and macro lens. He ( she?) was still there when I returned, and  cooperated as I moved up close and personal to snap the photo. Pretty cool, huh?  I hope your day is filled with unexpected surprises. 
 
 
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gardens: Time to Plant Your Garden in Clark County - 06/06/14 11:58 PM
Raised Beds Help Gardens in Clark County 

If you enjoy gardening, you probably already know it’s time to get started on planting. If you haven’t tried raised beds, it is a great way to extend your season a bit – especially here in the Pacific Northwest where we have wet springs and cool evenings near the end of summer. Raised beds are heated by the sun throughout the day and release the heat through the soil, maintaining a more even temperature.
The other advantages of raised beds include less digging, more efficient watering, and overall low maintenance. You can find … (20 comments)

gardens: Ode to Late Summer Gardens - Happy Labor Day Weekend! - 08/31/13 06:14 AM
Ode to Late Summer Gardens
Have you noticed the softening light of late?  Fall is slowly sneaking up on us. The waning days of summer are still sweet and warm in the Pacific Northwest, yet you can sense the change.
Today, on this final day of August, the garden reflects the changing season. Colors, while still rich and vibrant, echo the golds of autumn. The lighter and brighter palettes are more subdued.
Happy Labor Day Weekend - it's time for a shift in our lifestyle and the official change in seasons is near.

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gardens: Flowers burst like bombs in the air - Happy Independence Day 2013 - 07/04/13 12:22 AM
Flowers burst like bombs in the air - Happy Independence Day 2013
Croscosmia Lucifer is one of my favorite mid summer plants in the garden. Not only do the flame-red flowers remind me of exploding fireworks, but their trumpet shaped blossoms are irresistible to hummingbirds.
Native to South Africa, croscosmia is a cousin to gladiolus, iris and freesia. It has blade type leaves that grow 2 to 4 feet tall. This time of year, arching flower spikes burst open in bright red, and bloom for nearly three to four weeks.
As you might expect, Lucifer takes its name from its … (20 comments)

gardens: Shorty's - More than a Garden & Home Store - 09/29/11 09:51 AM
Shortys - More than a Garden & Home Store
 
Shorty's is synonomous in Clark County with beautiful plants, shrubs, trees and gardening accessories. However, did you know Shorty's also offers a variety of classes throughout the year? For example, last weekend, Shorty's taught a "Fairy" Gardening class.


This weekend, Saturday, October 1st, you can learn more about Northwest birds and how best to attract them to your garden. The class will cover feeders, seed styles, and include methods to discourage raids from pesky squirrels. The class will also include time for a question and answer session.The "Birding … (9 comments)

gardens: Calling all Deadheads! - 08/18/11 05:35 AM
                                          Calling all Deadheads - in Clark County! You’re probably expecting something about the San Francisco group, The Grateful Dead, aren’t you?  Well I don’t blame you, they made some amazing music and Rolling Stone magazine ranks them 57th in their “Greatest Artists of all Time” issue.  So, to ease some of your disappointment, here’s one of their tunes to listen to while you garden.  (We'll get to the gardening work in a moment.)
In the meantime, if you're a true Deadhead,  can you identify the song titles that are sprinkled throughout the blog post?


Scarlet Begonias or … (13 comments)

gardens: Hummingbird Don't Fly Away - Perfect Summer Day in Camas, Washington - 07/24/11 07:47 AM
Hummingbird don't fly away, fly away...don't fly away.
Sundays and nature. A garden and thee.  The forecast calls for sunny with highs in the mid 80’s. Another perfect summer day in Camas, Washington.
 
   And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stand still.  Robert Frost

It's another perfect summer day in Camas Washington for gardening, or watching hummingbirds. If you're looking for a house with a garden in Camas, Washington.I know who to call.  … (10 comments)

gardens: Hammock Heaven or Hell - depending on your perspective. - 07/04/11 05:59 AM
Hammock Heaven or Hell - depending upon your perspective.
My husband got this hammock from his brother about three years ago. Yesterday he dug out a corner of my garden (in full bloom) to hang the hammock. He failed to get photos of the true BEFORE and AFTER of the garden. His iphone video shows the garden after he's dug out quite a few plants and trampled down the remaining. Incidently, even more plants and flowers had to be removed-once he hung the hammock.

Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed that I lost so many flowers and … (13 comments)

 
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