10 Plants That Look Prettier in the Rain

Rainy days can be melancholy, but when you have plants that shine in the rain, the melancholy turns to charm. It’s as if certain plants are waiting for the moisture, ready for it, so that when they get it, they put on their best show, boasting deep color and interesting texture. I was strolling the garden during a shower the other day and found myself admiring certain plants. … Continue reading 10 Plants That Look Prettier in the Rain

You’ve Got It Covered: 8 Plants to Protect from Frost

The first frost of autumn snuck up on Seattle this year. It came almost a week earlier than usual and came in hard. This morning, my outdoor thermometer read 26 degrees at eight o’clock. I was thankful I’d covered my more tender plants. But if you haven’t covered yours, it’s still not too late to do it. Many of the most common yard plants you … Continue reading You’ve Got It Covered: 8 Plants to Protect from Frost

Pumpkins, so easy to grow

This year my eldest daughter and I decided to grow pumpkins. Cucurbita pepo is such an incredibly easy squash to cultivate. I recommend starting the seeds indoors by a window in a shallow plastic cup covered with a wet paper towel until the seed sprouts. Then transplant the seedlings to a sunny spot in the garden, water regularly and look for orange, tubular flowers. The … Continue reading Pumpkins, so easy to grow