Tag: garden

Swainson's thrush

A Walk in the Woods

Once summer settles in, bird activity throughout the West Sound region changes. The young of most species have left the nest and are exploring their world. The adults that worked to feed and raise their families are no longer guarding territories. The bird … read more

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Garden Memories

A Garden’s Memory

My time in the garden is often solitary, but as I focus on a task, my head is filled with whispers. The conversation comes, unbidden — triggered by a sound, a scent or a flower. The garden is where I reconnect with people … read more

The Garden Room

On the Lookout for the ‘Wow Factor’ at The Garden Room

Brightly colored Adirondack chairs placed on the sidewalk outside raise the curiosity and beckon passersby to step inside The Garden Room, a seasonal home-décor shop nestled in Gig Harbor’s “Uptown” shopping village. Window displays and inside vignettes offer breathtaking possibilities for dressing one’s … read more

Little Garden

The Garden and Home of Joanne and Chuck Little

The heart of this story started 33 years ago with a young couple who fell in love with the expansive water and Olympic Mountain views from a 2-acre property on Bainbridge Island. Chuck and Joanne Little turned it from a summer home into … read more

Cottage Garden

A True Cottage Garden ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’

High school sweethearts Marion and Steve Ekberg were born and raised in the Tacoma area, spending childhoods in the woods of Minter Creek and Fox Island. In 1972, they were house hunting, looking for a place to call home and raise a family, … read more

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Freshly dug and ready to be cleaned and dried

What To Do with Garlic you Planted Last Fall

If you planted garlic cloves as I suggested last fall, you will be rewarded with complete garlic heads this month. If you plant in the fall, June supplies tasty garlicscapes that should be cut off and can be used to flavor your oil … read more

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(Photo courtesy Gardener's Supply Company)

Grow More Edibles with Smart & Sustainable Keyhole Gardening

Raise your gardening efforts to a new level with keyhole gardening. You’ll increase your garden’s productivity in a smaller space, while using less water and fertilizer. This intensive technique was first used in Africa where it’s hot and dry and the topsoil is … read more

The color palette was limited to shades of gray, green and white, which contributed a serene setting away from the hustle and bustle, even in the heart of the city.

Love of Flowers Travels from Holland to the Key Peninsula

From not being able to afford flowers when she moved to the United States to having a business designing gardens large and small, Patricia Ruff has traveled far. Her love of flowers and her need to create helped her begin digging in the … read more

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