Taming the Overgrown Jungle

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When our new homeowner moved into this updated houseboat on Lake Union, he inherited a professionally designed rooftop garden, with beautiful ceramic pots that enhanced the space – but there were over 30 of them, and it was hard to move around the outside of the home. Overgrown and Tired Through no fault of anyone, […]

Rainy day mindfulness

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I was up before dawn to catch the ferry for an early-morning teenager-delivery errand.  There’s always a pang after dropping a kidlet off at school, or in this case, his Sea Cadets duty.  That moment of ungroundedness wondering what to do next, a fleeting moment of being without direction or a reason to be.  A […]

A study in contrasts

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We sold our house this summer and are gratefully staying in a rental with a garden while we look for a new house.  It’s a designed garden, not diminished because it wasn’t created by the homeowner, nor greater because it was purchased; it’s a pleasant amalgam of a designer’s eye and a collector’s heart, filled […]

My living laboratory

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At the beginning, they always advise.  No story should start otherwise. You can see there wasn’t much of a garden.  There’s the one strip of white flowers from the corner of the house to that telephone pole and some wisps of foliage against the house. We bought our home, a typical 1952 ranch home, about […]

Green pot containing red twigs and silver foliage

Fabulous winter containers?

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Hard to believe, but Seattle does have four seasons, but our grey and cold season lasts from October to March.  Sure, we have wonderful winter-fragrant shrubs and winter-busting early colorful bulbs, but our long-lasting damp just makes most foliage turn to mush. Which is all the more reason to create a fabulous winter container to […]

Tiger Eyed Look

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Which came first, the container or the plant? Sometimes, when I am asked to design a container, we start with the homeowner’s existing containers and build from there.  Other times, the owner fell in love with an amazing plant and just wants to enjoy it all season before deciding where to plant it.  Holding a […]

Of Cabbages and Kings

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The time has come to talk of many things … I’ve spent over a year away from the blog, exploring growing flowers for market, permaculture, garden design, and have settled on my love of photography and container design.  I’ve enjoyed posting many of my images on facebook and instagram and intend on continuing there, but […]

Dunn Gardens in Spring

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There is much to write about since last we met; suffice to say that more will be forthcoming. In summary, the front lawn is gone, a new fence is built, the path is ripped out, but must be replaced before the Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop Tour in July, both the vegetable and cutting gardens have […]