Rare plants at the Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden






The Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden is located in the Highlands, a gated community in northwestern King County and was the garden of Mrs. Elizabeth Miller and her lawyer husband Pendleton Miller.  It is now run by a charitable foundation which carries on the philanthropic work of the Millers. Elizabeth Miller was a self taught […]

Actaea racemosa (bugbane)






PLANT OF THE WEEK – Actaea racemosa (Prior: Cimicifuga racemosa) PLANT of the WEEK: Bugbane “Plant of the Week” is part of a series of fact sheets I did for a horticulture class I took at Oregon State University on herbaceous perennials. I thought others might also be interested and we could have a discussion […]

Comfrey (Symphytum)






Comfrey (Symphytum)   “Plant of the Week” Comfrey is part of a series of fact sheets I did for a horticulture class I took at Oregon State University on herbaceous perennials. I thought others might also be interested and we could have a discussion on our experiences with some of these plants. I’ve also started […]

Awesome pumpkin spice mix & wonderful idea for mulling spice!






Pumpkin Spice Mix There are some spice mixtures that I use often, especially during the holidays. Pumpkin spice mix is one of those. I use it for pies as well as in my coffee or in lattes. You can add some to a pumpkin mixture for soups, in smoothies, or as part of a dessert […]

Botanical names color and tree cheat sheets






Even from the beginning of my more formal education in horticulture it became clear I needed to learn the botanical names of some plants. There are many reasons for learning these and you probably wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t already know why its important. But one of the key things that’s helped me […]

Trademark ruling on “what is urban homesteading”?






What is urban homesteading? As a lawyer I’m always interested when gardening and law collide. That sounds violent! But in this situation I’ve read about, its far more sad than any other adjective. Last week the Federal Courts ruled that the use of the words Urban Homesteading should not have been trademarked. To me, that […]

8 Mistakes I made in the Garden this year






I confess… I have multiple mistakes I made in the Garden this year! I had a great vegetable garden this year and we are still eating from it today… we had delicious green beans with dinner tonight in fact!  But there are some mistakes I made in the garden this year.  I am a tad […]