Peony

Spring Has Finally Arrived

Good Sunday morning! If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you’re probably enjoying a gorgeous, sunny day right now. We finally made it through an unusually cold and prolonged rainy spring. Now the peonies are in bloom and I’m feeling inspired. So inspired, in fact, that I have made a change to my blogging life. If you’re a Gardening, Seattle Style subscriber, you may notice … Continue reading Spring Has Finally Arrived

Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance'

An Excerpt from “The Scent of a Daphne”

I’m pleased to share a sneak peek of my piece, “The Scent of a Daphne,” that appears in Rooted: The Best New Arboreal Nonfiction. It’s about my time in horticulture school, my husband’s cancer treatment, and the unexpected gift I received. “It was early September, my second semester of horticulture school, and class was about to begin. I stood outside the door on the narrow sidewalk … Continue reading An Excerpt from “The Scent of a Daphne”

Lab Girl

Lab Girl: My Favorite Christmas Gift to Give

We were in the car. “Plants are the only living beings in the world that can make their own food,” I said. My daughter sat in silence. Stared out the window. “But people grow their own food,” she said. Good answer. “Yeah, but literally, like with my body. I can’t hold out my hand, let rain hit it, and then turn the rain into hummus … Continue reading Lab Girl: My Favorite Christmas Gift to Give

2016: The Year of “Why Not You?”

This is the first time I’ve looked back on a year and thought it was a good year. In 2015, I worked hard at getting a novel I’m proud of ready for the world. My gardening business was happily busy. My older daughter got more serious about her studies, my younger one relaxed a bit despite her disability. My son did great academically and became the best … Continue reading 2016: The Year of “Why Not You?”