She Gardens, yeah yeah yeah

A themed garden for those who love the Beatles as much as I do…

If you have a spot with plenty of sun, try creating a flower bed with a kaleidoscope of color in true Beatle fashion.  These are all plants that would do well in my Pacific Northwest garden.   This was kind of fun…  I’ll have to create more themed gardens!

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Astrantia “Abbey Road”
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Carex “Beatlemania”
Hemerocallis “Eight Days a Week”
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Hemerocallis “Golden Slumbers”
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Bearded Iris “Abbey Road”
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Rose “Marmalade Skies”
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Bearded iris “Penny Lane”
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Hemerocallis “Ringo’s Starr”
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Rose “McCartney”
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Weigela “Dark Horse”
Dianthus “Lady Madonna”
Hemerocallis “Strawberry Fields Forever”
Hemerocallis “Twist and Shout”
Hemerocallis “Yellow Submarine”
Penstemon “Blackbird”
Euphorbia “Blackbird”

The Transition in the Garden

The transition has arrived.




It feels as if spring has gone for another year and summer has arrived very suddenly.  Yesterday it was struggling to reach 70 degrees by late afternoon, but today it is 85.  This is life in the Northwest. Every day brings something new.  It can be a bit tough on the garden flowers, though.  The spring blooms don’t like the heat and whither away quickly. It does always seem odd to have roses and rhododendrons blooming at the same time.

Here it is May and I’m already having to water my flower beds.  We are well below normal for rainfall this month already.  Not good!

The stars of the show this week are weigelias – I have several because the deer usually leave them alone.  Plus they are tough as nails.   No need to coddle these shrubs.  Roses are starting, clematis vines are starting up and hopefully will bloom alongside the deutzia in which it is climbing.  Can’t wait for the peonies!



Good companions, a berberis and Snowflake Spirea
Siberian Iris
Rhododendron “Consolini’s Windmill”

Home Made Cards

I have made home made cards for birthdays and events as long as I can remember. From cartoons, to pen & ink illustrations, to digital art, I’ve done them all.  Would it be easier to buy one? Of course.   Would a purchased card be prettier?  Probably. Would it be as meaningful? Probably not.

The cards I make may not always be picture perfect, but they are created with love.

This week I am celebrating my niece’s graduation from college.  I looked around at graduation cards and they all seemed so….blah.

I saw somewhere on Pinterest someone made an illustration using an embossing machine to create a raised flower image then filled it in with watercolors.  It looked fabulous.  I just don’t happen to own an embossing machine.  So I used the next best thing and used glue.  I outlined the flower in regular old Elmers school glue and let it dry overnight.  I filled it in with watercolors and was rather pleased with the results. Of course, I could have just drawn an illustration of a flower and called it good, but the glue adds an interesting three dimensional quality to it.  Next to work on my calligraphy skills…


The Best Mother’s Day Present

I received the best Mother’s Day present ever on Sunday.  It was exactly what I needed.

It was not a heart-shaped necklace.

It was not a sweater.

It was not a coffee mug with a butterfly on it.

It was not an expensive brunch at a local restaurant.

It was a letter.

A letter from my 16 year old son.  My youngest. These teenage years have been pretty rough on our relationship.  He pushes me away when I feel he needs me the most.  I want to teach him things. He does not want to learn.  I still have life lessons to share with him.  He already knows everything there is to know.  I feel he has too much time on electronics.  He feels he doesn’t have enough time.  He feels 5-6 hours sleep is plenty for a teenager on a school night.  I do not.  These battles have been going on between us for a couple of years now and they are wearing me down.

I received a phone call the morning of Mother’s Day from our daughter who is away at college.  My husband made breakfast for us as usual on weekends.  My son spent most of the day in his bedroom.  No cards, no flowers, no breakfast in bed.  I was feeling a bit sorry for myself and went in the yard to sit in the shade and actually read a book from start to finish guilt-free. That rarely ever happens.  At bedtime, I pulled back the covers and there on my pillow sat a folded piece of paper with the word “MOM” written in pencil.  My expectations were pretty low at this point, but when I opened it up and found a letter written to me by my son, my heart lurched just a bit.  A letter of apology.  A letter thanking me for trying to keep him on the right path.  A letter I really needed to hear.

In future, that’s all I really want for Mother’s Day.  A letter from my two children.  A letter from the heart.

The best Mother’s Day present ever.


Wood Sculpture Art

I love art of many types, but have a great appreciation for art created from natural elements such as wood. Here are a few creations made of wood that I like.

by artist Henrique Oliveira
Cityscape wood art by artist James McNabb
Art sculpture by SteveFrank71 on Etsy
Wall art by Wall Wooden on Etsy
Epoxy on wood on Etsy by AFI Design
Wall art by Wildslicedesigns on Etsy
Rustic Art by WildSliceDesigns on Etsy
“Roadtrip” by Olga Oreshyna

Vintage tins and lilacs

Combining two of my favorite things…vintage finds and flowers. I couldn’t pass up this pretty tin I found in a local “antiques” store. Such beautiful, happy colors! I inserted a glass jar inside to hold the water and then filled with the most fabulously fragrant lilacs from my garden.  Why buy new when such beautiful and inexpensive vintage finds are out there.  If I don’t use this as a vase, I could also use it to store cotton balls in the bathroom, office supplies on my desk, hold silverware on a buffet table, as a remote holder in the tv room, collect Box Tops for Education in my kitchen, a stash of Lindt dark chocolate truffles by my bedside, etc.