Category Archives: Plants


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My sister gave me some Nigella seeds a couple years ago. I didn’t know what nigella was at the time, but I was not going to turn down the opportunity to find out. The seeds I was given grew into … Continue reading

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My Redwood Experiment

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  Several years ago–I can’t say exactly when, I planted a small tree just off my deck in the back yard. It was situated on the edge of a man-made pond I had constructed a couple years before. The tree … Continue reading

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A Wheelbarrow Full of Succulents

I don’t know when, how or even why the tradition of planting succulents in nontraditional containers started. I’m sure you’ve seen them before – worn out old boots brimming with hens and chicks, or a rusted Radio Flyer wagon filled … Continue reading

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Phantom in Full View

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Last week, my eldest son and I went on a hike on the Washington side of the Columbia River Gorge (Dog Mountain). It was a hot day, but we hit the trail early, and reached the summit before noon. Large … Continue reading

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Wind Storm Reveals Hollow Tree

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On December 21st, a brief wind storm ripped through my hometown of Longview, Washington. Over 200 city-owned trees as well as uncounted residential and rural trees  were destroyed. Lake Sacajawea, a 173 acre park in the downtown area was the hardest … Continue reading

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Oak Galls

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Towards the end of summer, my youngest son and I decided to hike a section of a nature reserve located about a 45 minute drive from our house. The Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 5,200 acres of marshes, … Continue reading

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Digging Deep for Chives

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This morning, my wife and I braved the foot deep snow to come off the hill and do our Sunday morning grocery shopping. While at the produce area, Kelly asked if we had any chives at home. I said yes, … Continue reading

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A Fern of Many Colors

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We often associate winter with the lack of color. The leaves have fallen, with only their decaying remnants to remind us of their former glory. Now all we can do is await the new growth of spring, with the emergence … Continue reading

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The Bamboo Dilemma

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Before you shake your head, and say “you should have known better”, let me just say that I did know better, and I still planted bamboo in my front yard. Sure, I heard all the horror stories about how hard bamboo is to … Continue reading

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Yellow Goat’s Beard

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2012 CAMP SERIES: WILDFLOWER 1 My posts including photos taken in the summer are still trickling out, and here is another from my only camping trip of the year. Although the top of Chinook Pass was still cloaked in snow, … Continue reading

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