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July 10th, 2014

I’m lucky that there are tons of lovely gardens nearby to visit.  This is perfect for me since I’m trying to build a good database of photos of a wide variety plants.  I sell photos to magazines and often get requests for specific cultivars.  Earlier this week I stopped at the Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, Maine and took a few photos.  I’ll post more photos from the gardens later this week, but I was drawn to this verbascum.
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verbascum 2
Unfortunately, the tag wasn’t very readable so I will need to do some sleuthing to figure out the name of this specific variety.
verbascum 3
It’s quite a lovely plant, no doubt something that I can find seed for when I figure out what it’s called. I love tall plants like this, they can add such drama to a border. No doubt since it’s a mullein family plant it is healthy for the garden. Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition explains that mullein has a spike root that pulls minerals deep from within the soil. I’m always looking for plants that are both beautiful and beneficial.

Have you seen a must have plant recently?

Visiting Bloedel Reserve

February 27th, 2012

I’ve been going through all my photos from last year, deleting the bad ones, duplicates and paring down what I have. While doing this I noticed that there are so many things I photographed and wanted to share but just haven’t gotten around to doing so. This week will be catch up, featuring lots of slideshows of wonderful things I promised to share but time got away from me.

While we were in Seattle on our Tiny Trailer Travels last August we were able to visit Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island. I’d seen photos on Flikr long before and had added it to my list of places to visit. I’m always grateful that places like this are preserved. Bloedel Reserve is especially lovely because of the collection of hydrangeas found there (and you know how much I love hydrangeas). Here’s a slide show of the flowers I spotted along the way. To view in full screen click on the icon in the top left hand corner, click the same icon to exit full screen mode.

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The Pacific Northwest has such an interesting climate. It’s perfect for gardens, they’re almost tropical even though it’s so far North.

Have you ever visited the Pacific Northwest?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.