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Tom Fischer

Plant profile: Hardy cyclamen

October 29, 2010

Tom Fischer reviews a plant per month on our blog. As much as I love tulips and daffodils — the “big guns” of the bulb world — I sigh with disappointment whenever I see a garden where they are planted to the exclusion of every other kind of bulb. For the world of bulbs is […]

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Plant profile: Rock roses

August 25, 2010

Tom Fischer reviews a plant per month on our blog. The good news is that rock roses (members of the genus Cistus) are beautiful, vigorous, drought-tolerant, spring-blooming evergreen shrubs that make excellent groundcovers. The bad news is that most of them are hardy only to about Zone 8 (a few will squeak by in Zone […]

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Before and after

August 18, 2010

I was digging through my photo archives this week and found a picture that utterly blew my mind. It was this picture of our garden, taken the very first month we moved into our house almost four years ago. It was mid-December in Portland: I guess you can say the thrill that comes from buying […]

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Plant review: Convolvulus cneorum (Bush Morning Glory)

July 28, 2010

“Silver” is a word often rather inaccurately applied to plants with gray or whitish foliage. But in the case of bush morning glory, the association is fully deserved — the shrub’s narrow, blunt-tipped leaves are covered with the tiniest of hairs, which give the leaf surface a metallic sheen. The plant itself forms a flattened […]

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Happy Independence Day: A rose by any other name is a marigold

July 5, 2010

What I’m about to write is blasphemy. At least, it might be considered blasphemy here in Portland, Oregon, The City of Roses. The fact is that I’m just not a big fan of roses. Yes, the flower is magnificent, but the bush is rather unsightly, what with its spindly stems and thorny prickles. It’s a […]

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Choose the right plant

June 8, 2010

“For many gardeners, buying plants is an addiction like a sweet tooth. We cannot stop at just one, and we are always on the lookout for our next tasty treat.”

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The lupine lady

May 31, 2010

In Portland, Oregon, at 133 SW Second Avenue, on the fourth floor, there exists a team of toiling Timberites, some plants, incredible amounts of paper, a shiny, new microwave, and the illusion of separate offices. Yes, walls and doors are commonplace but since most of these walls stop about eight feet from the ceiling, the […]

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