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Exquisite Timing

Work put me in the Bay Area last week where I had the pleasure of connecting with someone who contributed a piece to the recent issue of the magazine. These digital acquaintences—I like to joke that all my friends are only 150 x 150 pixels big—make up the large part of my daily contact with […]

Update: Free Class!

This just in—my class, Plotting the Edible Garden Year at Ravenna Gardens on Sunday March 17th is FREE!  Previously, I posted that there was a fee associated with attending… that’s soooo not so!  Keep up Lorene!! Space is limited , call 206-729-7388 to sign up.  See you there! online viagra prescriptions

wire support with vines

Wire work plant support workshop…

…and the collective unconscious!  Out of 31+ projects in my latest book Handmade Garden Projects, this one – hands down –  stands out as a perennial favorite across the board.  I’ll admit – it’s probably my favorite as well but not for obvious reasons.  I love the seemingly intricate finished product and endless variations, but mostly […]

True Confessions of a garden expert

… I’ve killed more plants than you have. Really!  As I write this my garden is encased in snow and ice.  Unfortunately, so are the many succulents and the world’s most-beleaguered lemon tree.  Not a day has gone by in the past 2 months that I haven’t told myself to move said plants indoors.  Alas. The […]


Catching up

…a little. Thank goodness I’m not one of those highly organized, incredibly inspired, prolific bloggers with a tight agenda for every day of the week/month/year.  You know the type: if-it’s-Wednesday-it-must-be-wordless, or wooden, or whatever!  Actually – I would love, love, love to be one of those bloggers.  But I’ve come to realize it’s probably just […]

chilled tomato soup

Thank goodness for Ellensburg

More specifically, thank goodness Kittitas Valley Greenhouse chose the heat of Ellensburg, a small historic town just over the Cascade Range right in the central heart of  Washington, to raise delicious, flavorful tomatoes and then drive them 2 plus hours west to my neighborhood Sunday farmers market. The end of July was a watershed moment […]

dianthus chomley farran

a botanical algorithm…

I would posit that the wonky but crisp and delicious purple kohlrabi is to the vegetable world as the hallucinogenic  ‘Chomley Farran’ carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus  ‘Chomley Farran’) is to the floral kingdom. Concur? ‘Chomley Farran’ carnation, a remarkable garden plant with gorgeous blue-green foliage and a terribly lax blooming habit is available from Annie’s Annuals.  […]