While I was gardening

The art of gardening and the science of life.

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Thanks to my Wonderful Readers!

It is time for me to close up this blog.  I’ve enjoyed sharing these gardening experiences with you all – gardening is not for the timid – especially when working around squirrels, crows, and beagles!  Your comments have been a delight to read, and learning of your experiences has been a pleasure.

At some point, I may resume writing; however, that decision has yet to be made.

I wish you all good gardening, full sun, ample rain, and a well-behaved companion.  And most important – be kind to one and all!

Thank you.



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Universal Ease

Amid the harm of life exists a persistent belief that happiness resides within, and is accessible.   Oftentimes the means of finding happiness is convoluted and protracted; our gifts, desires, talents, and deep needs are frustrated by circumstance or abuse that appear to rob the individual of the possibility of reconciliation and justice.  Lies, gossip, or betrayal sit heavily upon each human at some time in life.  But during these times, happiness offers itself as simply as a walk across a dark room to open curtains and look outside.  When it presents itself as nothing more complicated than a speck of dust reflecting light back at the viewer it is missed or rejected with little thought.  How can something so small and easy be of such consequence?  Of such importance?  Shouldn’t it at least continue to appear evasive?  Shouldn’t it be a struggle?  Is it really here in this spot right now, just as is, by itself?  What’s the catch, we wonder?  There must be conditions that will arise and demand to be fulfilled if we accept this simple answer – this easy way.

But think – if a lifetime is lived before understanding happiness, before recognizing and accepting it, is it really so easy?

I think it is.

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Tried and True Blue

Pictures by Plumb Pixel Photography

A warm, dry spring is visiting this year.  If our weather is similar to that of last year, by the middle of June many plants blooming now, and that would normally bloom into summer, will be fading fast as a result of heat and drought.  Plants that hang on, tough out our hot, dry springs and bloom into and through summer are a welcome sight.  Some shrubs will bloom through summer months – roses come to mind – but few perennials will hold up through August and look as good as they did in June.

One such perennial is Scabiosa columbiaria, ‘Butterfly Blue’.  Not only does it begin summer with a large, lively bloom, it retains its enthusiasm through the hottest, driest months with ease.  And, of course, it serves an important function in the garden.  As the name implies, it will attract large numbers of butterflies to your garden  – and you can’t go wrong with that.

‘Butterfly Blue’ Scabiosa likes full sun and well-drained soil.  It seems to like as much heat as it can get here in the PNW, so I grow it near our raised vegetable beds where it receives reflected light and heat from the stone surround and walk-way.  The only care it needs is to be deadheaded occasionally and some supplemental water if we have no rain.  It’s an easy plant to grow that gives big rewards for small effort.

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Plumb Pixel Photography, Terri Johnson, Owner