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BLACK+DECKER Unveils New Cordless Pruner--Win One Here!

BLACK+DECKER Unveils New Cordless Pruner–Win One Here!

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One of the neat things about having a blog is that sometimes you get free stuff. However, I was all ready to say no, thank you when someone from Bond Manufacturing emailed me to offer me a free BLACK+DECKER Cordless Pruner to review on my blog. I assumed by “cordless pruner” she meant cordless hedge trimmers. Since I have no… Read more →


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A Wishing Tree Blooms in Portland

A Wishing Tree Blooms in Portland

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A Wishing Tree!  That’s so Portland. This humble horsechestnut on the corner of NE 7th and Morris in Portland is the bearer of hundreds of wishes tacked to its trunk by passersby.  I visited the Wishing Tree last week after reading about it online. Our local KGW did a story on it earlier this year, as did The Huffington Post.  They… Read more →


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A Rainbow of (Borrowed) Autumn Leaves

A Rainbow of (Borrowed) Autumn Leaves

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They’re calling for gloom and doom tomorrow—ice and snow and more cold, blustery winds.  A shock to humans and plants alike, who’ve just enjoyed the warmest August, September, and October in recorded history in Portland. As of yesterday, there were still roses, dahlias, asters, and marigolds blooming, among others.  And fall color is still jamming, as you can see, though… Read more →


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Thanks on Your Sweat!  Some of My Funniest Spam Comments

Thanks on Your Sweat! Some of My Funniest Spam Comments

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My Akismet spam blocker keeps you, dear readers, from having to see the spam messages that attack my comments section every day.  Most spam comments are meaningless and not worthy of anyone’s attention, but some, I have found, are surprisingly funny.  The spam bots’ use of shameless flattery combined with a–shall we say–unique grasp of the English language make it hard not to chuckle.  Here… Read more →


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cotoneaster cotton easter

Admit It! You Called It “Cotton Easter” Once, Too

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Maybe Metasequoia glyptostroboides rolls off your tongue now, but there was a time when you felt intimidated by botanical Latin. When I opened up the Dirr book for my first woody plants class, I laughed out loud.  Yeah, right!  Now I try to work phrases like Ceratostigma plumbaginoides and Hakonechloa macra into the conversation.  Here are some plant names that trip… Read more →


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