A Deer resistant garden in the Pacific Northwest

There are a surprising number of plants you can grow in the the garden, even when you are occasionally visited by deer.  The deer in my garden tend to leave the following plants alone.  There are a number of plants they will nibble on occasionally but not really harm, such as the summer spireas, golden chain tree, ornamental cherry trees, camellias, red maples, japanese maples, smokebush, mock orange,  and several more.

I have found deer tend to not prefer plants with strong scented foliage or ones with rough foliage.  Herbs do well.  With plenty of natives in the area, they only cruise through my back yard like a trip through the salad bar, picking up a few things that look tasty.  In winter when they are hungry, they are a lot less picky.

For a full sun garden:

For a part sun garden:



The Garden Before the Rain

In the Pacific Northwest, we thrive on rainfall. This afternoon forecasts call for a good soaking rain which is what we really need. My garden needs it. The mountains need the snowfall. We are woefully in need of rain. Lawns shouldn’t be turning brown in early June.

I am preparing myself for the rain in the best way I know how.

Cut the peony and rose blooms and bring them indoors stat! Being forced to enjoy the blooms in a vase on my dining room table is a sacrifice I’ll just have to make. (Sarcasm intended.)

The Garden is Hoping for Dry Days Ahead

This is the time to cross your fingers and hope it doesn’t rain.  This is the week of roses and peonies, two flowers that do not like getting their pretty little heads wet.  Nothing is worse than waiting all year for the peonies or roses to bloom, only to have them arrive the day before a good rainstorm.  We are woefully behind rainfall totals in my part of the PNW right now, so I feel guilty hoping for no rain, but with flowers, it’s all in the timing.


Exploring Art Photography Apps

I have been enjoying playing around with two apps on my ipad, altering garden photos I have taken to create new, interesting pieces.  In general I’m not a fan of altering and doctoring photos of landscapes by making the colors more vibrant than they could ever be in reality, but these two apps are ones I have found to be fun and satisfy my creative side, even from the comfort of my recliner while recently recovering from knee surgery.  A harmless passtime, but not meant to replace actual painting by any means.  These were created using apps named “Waterlogue” and “Watercolor”

What is Blooming This Week?

The last week of May is bringing new blooms to the garden, and a bit less of a “wow” factor.  Now that the rhododendrons are winding down (we have over 30 different rhododendrons on the property) the foxglove and deutzias are taking over.  Foxglove does exceptionally well here in our clay soil.  I am constantly having to remove it from areas I don’t want it to grow (such as the gravel driveway, the lawn, in the middle of my blueberry bush, etc.) I hate to pull them, as I really love the foxglove flowers and enjoy watching the bees climb inside each flower and try to reverse back out. I just wish they’d seed in the center of a flower bed more frequently, as that is where I want them to be.  Luckily they transplant very easily.

Gardening brings me such joy.  The anticipation of what will bloom this week gives me reason to look forward to each new day.


Deutzia with Choisya Aztec pearl in background
Clematis “Niobe”
Deutzia “Pink-a-Boo”



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”