Blog posts from July 2010

Pistils Nursery, Portland OR

Jul 30, 2010

Another great tiny garden center you should visit, if you're in the Portland OR area, is Pistils Nursery. Very urban and super cute with a nice selection of plants and giftware. They also have a really fab chicken coop and some foul residents...

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This boy was not happy about my poking around in his coop! I believe this is a Faverolle...please correct me if I'm wrong. What a beauty.

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Super fab coop. Love how they've planted/set plants around the base.

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Plenty of room inside for the babies...


Bodacious petunias! Bauman Farms, Portland OR

Jul 28, 2010

Ok, WOW, was all we could say when we came upon the many greenhouses or gargantuan petunia baskets at Bauman Farms near Portland OR. They grow the biggest petunia baskets I've ever seen! Now, of course, we simply can't pull this off in Dallas, TX. Petunias just have too many grievances with our climate. Just to make it worse, they sell these monsters for...wait for it...$47.95!!! Good Gravy. That's it? Really? What a deal.

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If you live near, or swing through Portland OR, Bauman farms is about an hour outside of town, but totally worth the drive. It's a 4th or 5th generation family farm that grows the most fantastic berries. They have a great produce stand, chickens, pygmy goats and garden plants. Too fun!

New compact tomato varieties

Jul 27, 2010

One of the several "new rages" at the professional trade shows this year are tiny tomatoes. Not tiny fruit necessarily, but tiny plants. Now a few of the ones I've tested for OG Magazine in the last couple of years crashed and burned in our heat. But I'll be curious to see how some of these new hybrids do. Here is one of them:

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I'll be gathering a number of these new tomatoes to test in my own garden and the NHG vegetable production garden. But due to timing, I will have to wait until next year to do so. Should be interesting...

Funky new African Violet…‘Neverfloris’

Jul 26, 2010

One of my favorite new things I found at OFA the week before last...A funky new African violet that makes these fuzzy little green "flowers". They never open up into a traditional flower with petals. I like to call them the "man's violet", lol. It's called 'Neverfloris'.

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You can even use it like a flower "frog"...you know the little metal circle of spikes that allow you to hold cult flowers in place. You can use 'Neverfloris' as a base to hold other flowers, decor, little birds, etc. Too cute.

Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon

Jul 25, 2010

I just got back from Portland this evening and have about a million photos to go through. I thought I'd start off with a photo from The Chinese Garden, or Lan Su Yuan,  in Portland Oregon. One of the many beautiful gardens, nurseries and garden centers I saw on my trip to the Perennial Plant Symposium this past week. In Chinese, Lan means orchid and Su means arise or awaken. It was built in conjunction with the Portland's sister city Sozhou. All of the beautiful hardscape, tiles, stones and sculptures came from China. This is really a lovely garden and a must see if you're in Portland.

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I also ate lunch at their tea house in the garden. The food is wonderful and their tea selection impressive.

Travelin’

Jul 17, 2010

So I just got back from OFA in Columbus Ohio this week and now am off to PPA (Perennial Plant Association) conference in Portland Oregon. Whew! So, by the time I get back, I should have lots of photos from both of cool plants, places, products, etc. to share...see you on the flip side!

Many people using bat houses to fight against mosquitos | WCBD

Jul 7, 2010

Many people using bat houses to fight against mosquitos | WCBD.

Next Class: Vegetable Gardening 101

Jul 6, 2010

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My next Vegetable Gardening 101 class will be at North Haven Gardens on August 28th from 10am-1pm (or whenever I finish answering questions). You can print out the new registration form HERE and bring it to NHG or call 214-363-5316 to register over the phone. The cost is only $20 for NHG Grow Card Members or $25 for non-members. The class will be held at NHG in the large meeting room at the back of the greenhouse. Feel free to bring snacks or your lunch.

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