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Phillip Oliver
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Open Gardens: The Hardiman Garden
I was very excited to see the garden of Lucy and Fred Hardiman. Lucy Hardiman is a garden designer at Perennial Partners . This garden certainly did not disappoint. Full of vibrant rich colors (purples, blues and pinks, a favorite combination of mine) and a...

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Open Gardens: The Hyland / Beckman garden
  On the way back from the Wisner/Orloff garden, I stopped at another Open Garden, that of  Bob Hyland and Andrew Beckman. It is located on a hillside overlooking the St. Johns area and nearby Sauvie Island with some nice views of several mountain peaks.  T...

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July Bloom Day
We have so many blooms this month that I don't know where to begin! I know there is no way to include them all so I will select a few highlights. The white rose in the photo above and below is the Polyantha rose 'Marie Pavie'. It is surrounded by Giant Hyss...

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Open Garden - The Wisner / Orloff garden
  Believe it or not, I had not been to any of the Open Gardens this year, that is, until yesterday. I knew I would be kicking myself at the end of the season if I didn't see some of the incredible private gardens that are open every weekend and Monday eveni...

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Mt. St. Helens
  I finally made it all the way up to see Mt. St. Helens last week. On a clear day, you can see it from various locations around Vancouver (and Portland for that matter). It is about a 1 hour drive from our house, located slightly to the northeast. It is st...

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Mexican Wedding Cookies
Slowly getting back in the kitchen and decided to go the easy route for a quick recipe. Michael loves these. Some call it "Mexican Cake" or "Tea Cookies". They have a shortbread type texture and very addictive. The recipe comes from an old Home Economics Te...
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