“The Hollow”

Marie and I arrived pretty early at Gretchen and Denis’ beautiful garden…just in time to see the last baby flicker poke it’s head out…preparing to leave the nest… A few miles out of town, this garden is a refuge for birds and gardeners alike.  Take a stroll…start at the drive… The Carnabys have been gardening […]

The Iltis Garden

Went up to see Dick and Dee’s garden recently (before the Alaska trip) while the trilliums were still in bloom.  Theirs is really an early spring garden and we missed the real season, but “as advertised” there were trilliums…PLUS…jack in the pulpits, things with tiny leaves and things with giant leaves…take a stroll…Dick and Dee […]

Two Gardens…

Beautiful gardens abound in Salem, but here’s a peek at two I’ve visited recently.  The first is the garden of my “garden mentor” Irene.  Years ago the late Oregonian garden columnist Dulcy Mahar wrote that if you were having trouble with your garden, the BEST thing to do was to find a garden you admired, […]

Frankie’s Garden

I forgot to mention that Frankie started playing uke with Carol and Sharon and me.  When we were dropping her off the other day (Frankie and George are neighbors in the historic district) she invited us to stroll her garden saying “it’s a little wild”…but in fact it’s just plain beautiful…and it’s only just May.  […]