Blooming Rosemary in January!

Rosemary blossoms
Ah, beloved Rosemary! I would grow you for no other reason than that you bloom in January!

Friday Photo!

Rosmarinus officinalis: I love everything about her. I love her woodsy scent. I love how the bees flock to her in summer.… Read more

Pre-spring Garden and Wild Greens for the Pickin’


I used to be a huge fan of Euell Gibbons. Actually, I still am. Not sure how many remember him (he lived 1911 – 1975), but back in the early 70s when I was living in a one-room log cabin in the Alaskan wilderness (I kid you not), I took great pride in identifying wild edible plants.… Read more

Seed Catalog Frenzy

It is that time of year again: Seed Catalog Frenzy season. For those of you stuck in a snowbank, there is probably nothing more enjoyable than sitting by a fire scanning the pictures of sensual flowers that laugh in the sunshine and of all those delectable vegetables that make us secretly want to turn vegetarian if we aren’t already.… Read more

Purple Fields of Lavender

purple-white_lavenderThis is the time of year when Sequim turns into one big party in purple. If you missed the throngs of people – never fear – the farms are still purple, the lavender still smells, well, like lavender, and the shops are still open.… Read more

Garden Fireworks

angelicaangelica-fireworksAn Angelica plant seems to be exploding in celebration! Happy Independence Day everyone!… Read more

Garlic Scapes Return!

bouquet-of-garlic-scapesI have been getting a lot of questions about garlic scapes lately – and in checking my blog stats, a lot of people are searching for recipes using scapes. Scapes, those curly flower shoots from the hardneck varieties of garlic, arrive just as we are running out of our green garlic harvest.… Read more

Garlic Status – Summer Solstice ’08

Garlic Status_Summer Solstice 2008

Despite the cold spring here in the Pacific Northwest, the garlic has been thriving! We got everything weeded over the weekend and thoroughly watered. You can almost feel them reaching upward, waiting for that promised sunshine!

As you can see from the photos, I planted the garlic rather densely in beds (4 rows/bed) this year, which has really facilitated the weeding, fertilizing, & watering tasks!… Read more