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I am so drawn to color. Maybe I was a particular kind of insect in a former life attracted to color. This is from the garden this morning just after sunrise, which is getting later and later. Th...


A newer shot of the pollinator garden. This morning the first sunflower head was open. As the community garden has partial shade in most parts, it is a little behind the local yard specific flow...


Yeah, yeah, just another lovely dahlia. I am endlessly fascinated by the colors and shapes, textures and because I take pictures of living flowers, imperfections. This was down at the garden thi...


The leaf blower, weed whacker guys usually come on Thursday mornings sometime between 9 and 10 AM. They come right under my windows and if I am recording a class Zoom will block out my voice to ...


The Rose of Sharon is having a bit of a tough year. It is wild now in the garden and so far, this is the first full flower I have seen this season. The passion fruit are developing and there wil...


This is the mental health plot in the community garden this week. I had a realization when I was listening to Thursday’s January 6 hearing. It is something I have known on some level hovering un...


Yay, it is starting to be dahlia on the flower clock, however one pronounces it. We’ll have at least a month of gorgeous flowers. Speaking of flowers, because now I am totally hooked on starting...


July 14, 2022

Close In in Everyday Ramblings

Foraging. The blueberries are from the bush in my plot. The raspberries are poached. Yesterday there weren’t as many and I pulled only one of the golden raspberries off the bush in the sister co...


A flowering weed coming up through the renegade strawberries in the plot next to mine. I have never used a home Covid test before, but I had these bumps on my arm that were either the results o...


A clematis cascade. I have been learning about them. The three groups. Such a wonderful pop of color here as we move into late roses and hydrangeas on the flower clock. I continue to poach a few...


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....


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