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In case there was any doubt what season it is here… The big waterfront Blues Festival is back. I can hear it from where I live, the major 4th of July tradition in Portland. So even though we are...


Here is my work in progress. Last year I had leaf miners in the chard and beets and the amazing people at the Oregon State University extension gave me some tips on how to manage them organicall...


From the garden yesterday. This is not my plot. Eggplant going to flower. Is this nightshade flower not extraordinary? The color, the detail. The stitches are out! He was going to leave one in ...


Now that the weather has turned, I need to get out more and take some photos. The marigold starts I planted last week are not doing too well. I am flummoxed. This morning I took the last of th...


I am fascinated by other people’s gardens. You may have noticed. It is so much fun. The colors and textures, the spacing and the overall aesthetic based in the unpredictable nature of the whole ...


We had a couple of dry days, and I am beginning to fill out the garden plot with starts, yesterday, a tomato, the day before a bunch of marigolds. The strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and...


Foxglove on the flower clock. Lupines and Queen Anne’s Lace and the first wild sweet peas in the disturbed areas. A sure sign of summer. Did I mention that last week I watched all 13 episodes o...


Love the buttery light from Tuesday here on the rose on this gloomy morning. Thanks for all your support. The facilitator of the book group thought my essay had enough interest to send out to th...


June 05, 2022

Initiation? in Everyday Ramblings

As I have gotten older my brain doesn’t process words on the page the way it used to. I don’t see some words, I repeat some from two sentences above, many names of things I can’t remember and ne...


May 31, 2022

Assignment in Everyday Ramblings

Half the lopsided community garden plot this morning. I am growing seedlings to fill in the holes. I received an assignment to write an essay about reading Walt Whitman when I was a teenager fr...


May 28, 2022

L6 in Everyday Ramblings

I have this rich internal life and think deeply about various things throughout the day on a wide range of topics. I have been thinking for a couple of years about writing and posting somewhere ...


Finally, a decent iris picture. I took this Monday morning. It is getting crowded on the flower clock with, early lilies, columbine, fox gloves and roses coming on. Diego is doing well, and he ...


Camas. In the water gardens down in the South Waterfront area. What surprised me as I walked by was that I knew what they were. They are native here, but I don’t see them that often. I was going...


I ordered this mesh cold frame or what they call a mini greenhouse for my seedlings that came last week. It arrived in a box with bags of pieces that are numbered but there are no instructions. ...


There is only one large mature wisteria in the neighborhood that I know of. It is for sure wisteria on the flower clock. A couple of days back I braved a sunbreak and went down to take pictures....


It is first tranche clematis on the Flower Clock. And cornflowers and the early Japanese Hydrangeas. The iris that survived the late snow, (the colorful bearded iris were hit the hardest) are co...


This is where I catch the bus most often. It is across the street at the place that used to be my gym and is now the Portland headquarters of Under Armor. When they moved in, they planted the yo...


Petty picture of a newly leafed tree and a partial blue sky but what is unusual about this street tree is that it is a magnolia with soft lemony colored flowers. I couldn’t quite get a good shot...


May 01, 2022

So It Goes in Everyday Ramblings

Oh, the green! It does a soul good. I took this yesterday wandering around on my own. Mrs. Sherlock is off on a scouting trip in Eastern Oregon with her hiking/snowshoeing group. Everyone else i...


April 30, 2022

In Person in Everyday Ramblings

A pink Dogwood on the way to the garden. Kes came up today to visit, drop off recyclables for my Ridwell box, pickup recyclable bottles for her bottle return, drop off cat litter and dry goods ...


This azalea is lovely, but the rhododendrons are coming on now as well. My place is surrounded by pink turning to white blossoms. I did discover that the two leggy bushes outside my bedroom are ...


With spring so much vibrant color returns to the world. The crabapples are gorgeous this year. The iris, though; either it was the snow, the colder temperatures, or a blight, are not doing so we...


This is kind of cheating. I took this 13 years ago, but I did crop it now. It is a window display of a florist shop in Seattle, but I thought it matched my mood here as we move towards Easter w...


What is that, you might ask there in the dawn darkness? It is snow. Snow in April on the ornamental cherry blossoms and crowning rhododendrons outside my bedroom window this morning. Snow on th...


April 05, 2022

Inch By Inch in Everyday Ramblings

I know for many of you spring hasn’t even started yet, and for some of you it is six months away, but here it is just roaring through. The ornamental pears are shedding their delicate white blo...


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