And now for a shameless plug…

I’ve pulled together all of my favorite garden photos that I’ve taken over the years and put them in a book. The book includes lots of photos of tulips, hydrangeas, roses, and vegetables looking their best as well as some gardening tips.

It’s available for Kindle and on good old fashioned paper on Amazon. Click here to buy.


My favorite part of spring is seeing all the flowers I had forgotten I planted. I saw these coming up in the same bed that I have garlic. Thanks to the huge clean out of my greenhouse, I had no idea what they were. So, I Google image searched it and came up with Geissorhiza. Who knew?

From Hips to Roses

These roses bloomed in early January, a welcome surprise in the new year. I can’t remember the name of the rose; it’s one I purchased at a grocery store. It reliably bloomed all last year. The hip is from another rose in the garden. Typically, I harvest the hips and keep them in a baggie in the freezer. When I bake or make jam, I take some out and crush them, and then add them to the recipe.


This winter, I tried something new. I bought a small, 4-shelf greenhouse and put it in my unheated greenhouse (super meta) to grow microgreens. It gets chilly in the winter with a few nights that get below freezing so it’s ideal for microgreens, especially when the smaller greenhouse holds in the heat from the daytime. The smaller greenhouse also keeps in the condensation so I have to water less often. The trays of water cress, kale, mizuna, and mixed greens have grow quickly and well, and are a complement to salads, sandwiches, and rice bowls.

New Year; New Roses

Rose mugshots.

This is a bloom from the Portlandia rose in the garden. I can’t remember if it’s bloomed this early before, but I’m grateful that it has. A gopher or other rodent destroyed my favorite rose – the Earth Angel I planted in memory of my grandmother – so I’m happy to see some color and beautiful blooms in the garden.