In My Garden: July 2019

Deer help themselves to all the plants — so when I was starting, I started with primarily native species. Our local Green Elephant plant swap offers a plethora of native plants. I’ve been working on enlarging my garden, by decreasing my lawn grass for years. I’ve used this plethora of naturalized organic native plants to free my small garden of the grass carpet covering it! … Continue reading In My Garden: July 2019

Typical Procrastinator

Typical procrastinator I’ve been longing for some time just to write. Alone. In the house. By myself. After a thorough cleaning, walking the dogs, cleaning up the house….my desk was ready for me to write at!! Then… I had to straighten the couch, water outdoor plants, and clear off my desk before I could start. I’m so happy we changed the orientation of our office … Continue reading Typical Procrastinator

Green Elephant Autumn Bounty

  Gardening with a Green Elephant community is such a wonderful way to increase the diversity in your garden. I’ve been participating for a few years and have not only been able to add more native plants to my landscape, but build relationships with other gardeners as I build my garden.   The autumn harvest is a good time to bring excess garden vegetables, seeds, … Continue reading Green Elephant Autumn Bounty

Happy Halloween 2017

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays of the year. Getting to dress up in costume – to step outside of our everyday life and live vivaciously as the Superheros we admire, the pets we love; the weird, scary, or fantastic are all welcome in our humble abode. Although the dress up is great, and the focus of our annual costume parties and trick-or-treating, but … Continue reading Happy Halloween 2017

Insects (not true bugs!) 🐝🦋

​I’ve not had my phone with me while pruning in my garden and seen true bugs — though I have plenty of images of the butterflies and bees buzzing in my garden 🙂 True Bugs are in the Hemiptera Order and includes cicada, stink bugs, aphids, {et al}. Insects, not true bugs, like bees, Hymenoptera Order, and butterflies, Lepidoptera Order, abound in my pollinator garden. … Continue reading Insects (not true bugs!) 🐝🦋

Transformation of our yard, 2017

This is what we started with — a monoculture of of grass. For many in this suburban community, the epitome of suburban bliss. For me? An eyesore. So, it began… Oh what changes the front yard has made! This was after the first summer when I dug up the turf grass adjacent to all the hardscape in the front yard. I used my yard transformation … Continue reading Transformation of our yard, 2017

Fort Maintenance, July 2017

There is always work to do when you own a home. A few months ago, with no leaves on the deciduous trees, the fort only wanted for a good wash and clear coat sealant. However, with our busy spring now far behind us, and summer in the Pacific Northwest in our midst, we found our trees had completely shaded out the fort! ​ This is … Continue reading Fort Maintenance, July 2017

Green Elephant Gardening

Gardening is a passion of mine – not only because it’s wonderful to be outside, work the earth with your hands, reap the benefits of a beautiful organic garden for edibles and simple beauty. I also garden for wildlife and creating a restorative habitat on my little lot of land – pollinators, birds, amphibians, and mammals frequenting our yard – but also my own sort … Continue reading Green Elephant Gardening