Friday, February 26, 2010


Spring has come about a month early to the Pacific Northwest, with glorious warm weather and blooms bursting out well ahead of schedule!
Among the many early risers to spring's call are camellias, whose ephemeral beauty inspires poetic thoughts and rapid photo shoots!
See more spring beauty in our image library!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Publication!

We're delighted to have some of our images featured in Joseph Provey's latest, hot-off-the-press book Successful Container Gardening: 75 Easy-to-Grow Flower and Vegetable "Gardens" from Creative Homeowner!

This is a really terrific publication. I was particularly impressed with how much detail went into each chapter and all the truly excellent tips that appear abundantly throughout the text. And lots of beautiful photos.

We have a severe lack of good container plantings on our property, mostly because I haven't managed to keep them flourishing, but I'm so inspired by Joe's book, I aim to head out to the nursery today.

Successful Container Gardening: 75 Easy-to-Grow Flower and Vegetable "Gardens" is available from Amazon and other online and retail outlets. Congratulations, Joe!

(Our images appear on the front and back covers, and on pages 80, 81, 82, 106 and 125.)

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Winter Garden

Rhododendron mucronulatum

Our Northwest winters are usually quite mild, and this year has been more so than normal, although we've had our share of rain. The gorgeous weather today lured me out to the Arboretum and the Winter Garden where I was astounded to see a number of early bloomers – a full two or three weeks ahead of schedule. What a delightful surprise!

Cyclamen coum

Look for these images and many more in our Winter Gallery!

The Witt Winter Garden at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle provides a visual feast of dramatic colors, textures, fragrances and structure. Hamamelis, Helleborus, Rhododendron, Calluna vulgaris, Camellia sasanqua, Daphne odora, Mahonia and Viburnum are among the many stars of this celebration of winter blooming plants. From our experience over the last three or four years, late January through March is a great time to visit to enjoy these treasures.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Fritillaria imperalis

Shakespeare's "Crown Imperial" – now in our Bulb Gallery!