Category Archives: Gardening

Gear for Garden Photography

If you read last month’s post, you now know why you’re taking garden photos. The next question is, what kind of camera do you need? Cameras range from simple point-and-shoot models to the camera in your phone to professional DSLRs. … Continue reading

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In Praise of Petunias

  Mention petunias among a group of passionate gardeners and you often get sneers. After all, they’re so… common! Even non-gardeners grow petunias. Those with greener thumbs usually aspire to more exotic flowers. But there’s a reason petunias are so … Continue reading

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Volunteer Park Conservatory

I just spent two weeks in western Washington visiting my daughter and her family—two weeks of giggles, bedtime stories, and stomping in the puddles left by Seattle’s incessant rain. While my focus was on our granddaughters, I couldn’t help but … Continue reading

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Ferns Having Babies

“There’s something wrong with my fern! It has dots all over the leaves. It must be some sort of disease! What should I spray it with?” I was sitting at our county extension’s Master Gardener Help Desk, answering questions when … Continue reading

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The Purpose-Driven Photo

Perhaps you want to hang a huge framed photo of your prize roses over the couch. Or maybe you see some striking flowers in someone else’s garden, and you want to grow them at home—but you don’t know what they … Continue reading

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Moth Orchids

With the holidays behind us, winter seems to stretch out as far as we can see. I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for a tropical vacation! We can’t afford tickets to a balmy beach or verdant … Continue reading

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Anticipating Spring

Sometimes I think January is my favorite month of the gardening calendar. Temperatures plummet and the ground is frozen solid. Anything at all frost-tender succumbed to the cold months ago. My raised beds look suspiciously like burial vaults covered in … Continue reading

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