Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata’

Current plant obsession: Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata’

Fatsia japonica 'Variegata’

A Northwest hardy broadleaf evergreen. Can be grown indoors as a houseplant.

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Put Those Tomato Cages to Work!

Just a quick and silly little post. These Christmas trees are made from tomato cages turned upside down. Use tent stakes to keep the base in-place and then a zip tie works to tie the “tree top” together.

Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

Tomato Cage Christmas Trees

Wrap the cages in tinsel garland for a daytime look and add LED lights for the night. I added cedar garland to fill out the base of the “trees” and decorate the pot. So easy.

Oh, and we’re in Seahawks country, so this IS Christmas colors. Woo! Go Hawks.

Garden Gift Giving

As Christmas sneaks it’s way up on us, don’t forget. We have a charming little brick and mortar store overflowing with gifts for garden and nature lovers. Here’s a peak:

Crabapple and Quince. Yummy preserves hand made from Orcas Island.

Crabapple and Quince. Yummy preserves hand made from Orcas Island.

Early bird tickets to The Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The gift of anticipation.

Early bird tickets to The Northwest Flower and Garden Show. The gift of anticipation.

Imported from England, these Hoe Hoe Hoe Gardener's Christmas stockings will be cherished year-to-year.

Imported from England, these Hoe Hoe Hoe Gardener’s Christmas stockings will be cherished year-to-year.

The 2018 Vintage Market. It’s on!

The Vintage Market at The Tacoma Home and Garden Show is back and better than ever.

New for 2018: We have the most adorable vintage trailer, plus DIY classes for the vintage/upcycler/crafter, and a show packed full of beautiful vendors specializing in antiques, vintage, and repurposed for the home and garden. You don’t want to miss this one.

The Tacoma Home and Garden Show

The Vintage Market at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show

Tacoma Home and Garden Show 2018

The 2018 Vintage Market at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show

Birds of a feather flock together. Mark your calendar to join us January 25-28, 2018.

#TheVintageMarket  #TacomaVintageMarket #TacomaDome

The Pot of Ill Repute

Garden designers: especially those of us that install many container garden plantings throughout the seasons; are you often left with a few extra annuals after installs? The “oopsies” that you had to have but don’t really fit? Or, the “better get a few extras just-in-case?” 

Don’t you end up using these extra plants in your own container gardens (once you finally get around to planting your own towards the end of June)?

This is a story of my last pot: the pot of ill repute. 

It starts on a rainy cold day sourounded by several weathered cardboard flats full of outcasts and a few things I bought for myself. Plants were going together really well for most of my pots. I’ve been digging bright orange for the last few years and slowly I’ve been replacing yellow with dark purple. I love it! 

Now I’ve come down to the last pot. Ugg, just plant it and be done. The pot holds one random perennial salvia which won’t start to bloom till August, but whatever. Add a couple Petunia ‘Night Sky’ (awesome), and a Dahlia Starsister ‘Orange Stripes’ (How did I miss the tag showing the white stripe? Drag). Then some unknown Coleus and “Voilà.”  I still have a ton of room left… Ok, in goes an Ipomoea batatas ‘Blackie’ because black potato vine is always a good addition. And then, two rouge Diascia barberae ‘Darla Red’ (OMG, they are soooo bright hot pink against the bold orange, royal purple, AND the white. Gasp).  But wait, there’s still more room and only one garish Heuchera x ‘Georgia Peach’ (What are you thinking?), but I did it. Then I had to wait (because annuals have to grow in for a few weeks to look good, I wish they came with that as a warning on the label). 

Only one word can describe the final result: bad ass. 

Steal the look.

Bright garden colors that work.

Petunia and Diacia

Petunia ‘Night Sky’ steals the show.

Coleaus, petunia, diascia, dahlia, potato vine, huechera.

Steal this look for your garden.