June 13th, 2016

The Beauty of the End of May Flowers

grand dame rose bud
These photos are from a couple of weeks ago, and the plants have already drastically changed since. I want to post these before they have gone to seed, wilted and died. Maybe I’m being a little dramatic, but summer is basically here and the plants are growing leaps and bounds.
What is most striking now is the contrast between the flowers and the shades of grey skies we’ve been having. The plants don’t care if it’s cool and rainy. And I don’t care either. Everyone else is inside, but 62 degrees with a sprinkling of rain and a cool breeze doesn’t keep Wolfie and I inside. We go right along with our plans of digging dirt, poking at bugs and playing with the plants. There’s so much to look at!
peach agastache


top: Grand Dame rose bud

above: Apache sunset agastache

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  1. south facing view of NE 16th Ave between Wygant St. and Going St.
  2. native columbine
  3. massive purple alliums
  4. these yellow flowered Fraggle-like mint family plants (PLEASE help me with the name)—-> FOUND the name, it’s Jerusalem sage, Phlomis spp.
  5. my wooden planter with succulents, violas, and lotus vine
  6. succulent with offspring; hen and chicks?
  7. Lamb’s ears
  8. red-purple heuchera
  9. emerging echinacea
  10. delicate rose


16th ave

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June 14th, 2014

Mid June Flower Power


There are some seriously sweet flowers out right now. Blooms to be had everywhere you look, and bees to match. Each and every day it becomes more and more clear that living in Portland is truly like living in a garden! Some flowers linger through the season, and some must be caught in a narrow window of time.

Around this time last year, I was really into flower arranging and spend many an evening scouting flowers growing in public places I could gather for bouquets. Although I’m not quite as flower crazy now, I still love to look around the neighborhood to see what’s blooming.

The flower above, surrounded in its lacy collar is Nigella damascena, commonly called love-in-a-mist.

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August 14th, 2013

Chamomile with a Side Of Rose – Garden to Arrangements to a Cup of Tea


You could say I am a bit obsessed with both chamomile and roses, especially since moving to Portland.

Chamomile grows quite well in my garden with the mild springs and moisture. I planted one tiny plot three years ago and it self-seeded all over the place. And for roses, well, Portland isn’t called the city of roses for nothing. Read the rest of this entry »

July 31st, 2013

Portland Grown Mauve and Peach Bridal Bouquet


It was a hot and humid day, with rain in the morning and mid-90’s by afternoon. I went out on the hunt for local and accessible flowers to make an all floral girly bridal bouquet for Chelsea’s Floral Arranging 101 class. After returning home sweaty and hot, I conditioned my flowers the thought in the back of my mind: are these flowers going to make it in this heat? Read the rest of this entry »

June 14th, 2013

Garden Tea

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Garden Tea, it’s so fresh and simple; wander around outside and harvest herbs, place them in a cup, cover with just boiled water, steep for 10-20 mins, strain and drink.

There isn’t a specific ratio, measurement or recipe, just pick sprigs of herbs and throw in a cup. I prefer a pint canning jar because it’s heat safe and makes a cold amount of tea.

After you pour your first cup of tea, keep adding boiled water and re-steeping. The flavor of the fresh herbs lasts longer than dried herbs. I can re-steep the tea at least 4 more times within 24 hours.

I added things I found outside my apartment to some dried herbs I had recently harvested:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme
  • Bee Balm (Monarda)
  • Dried Rose petals
  • Dried Chamomile





May 29th, 2013

Bath + Rose Petal and Raspberry Leaf Tea = Love

In case you were wondering what I do with all of the rose petals I harvest, here is a prime example. Rose and raspberry tea, with many other herbs added (such as ginger and cinnamon, yummy). I love the way the light shines through the jar as it steeps, each moment becoming more saturated with warm reds and yellows. This is a sweet, spicy, floral and herbaceous tea, satisfying warm or cool.

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