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June 22, 2009


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valerie Easton

Hi Stephen,
The subscribe link seems to work fine, but here's my son's suggestion if it still doesn't work for you:

"They could try right clicking, picking "copy shortcut," then paste that into the RSS or atom reader they want to use to subscribe to the blog."

Whatever that means...

valerie Easton

I'll put my webmaster (my son) onto the problem and we'll get it fixed, thanks for letting me know...

Stephen Lamphear

I have this beautiful tree in my zen entry garden. It's perfuming the entire area right now.

PS -- something may be amiss with the website because all I get is code when clicking on subscribe to the blog.


We have this tree and it has been beautiful, and the native bumble bees love it, but every seed will sprout. You need to clean up the leaves & seeds, not use that for mulch.

Carol Hill

My husband had what I think is a great idea - do you see any problems with this? We have a deep (about 5 feet) roof overhang at the front of the house, and I want to plant below it. It gets no rain. In the summer we can irrigate, but what to do in the winter when it we've turned off our watering system? He came up with the idea of diverting the downspout water from the roof into a perforated pipe buried along that area, underneath the plants. What do you think? Thanks!


I love these trees but have heard they are a bit messy - dropping their little bells and leaves everywhere and they're hard to rake up. I planted a mini one but haven't watered it enough, I don't know if it will ever get big and bloom as the one you show.

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  • Petal & Twig Made The New York Times!
    From Anne Raver's review: "Valerie Easton, a Seattle-based garden writer, discusses the art of growing and arranging cut flowers in “Petal and Twig: Seasonal Bouquets With Blossoms, Branches and Grasses From Your Garden” (Sasquatch Books; $16.95). Written as an informal diary, with photographs of arrangements from her own garden, and tips on cutting and keeping flowers fresh, the book inspires ideas not only on what to grow but on how to combine (or not) those beauties inside. See review here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/29/garden/new-books-on-growing-and-arranging-flowers.html?scp=1&sq=petal%20&%20twig%20anne%20raver&st=cse
  • The first reviews on the new book are in! From Publisher's Weekly:
  • "Open your eyes and keep it simple: those are two lessons Easton passes on from her own 40 years in the garden. When selecting and arranging flowers for bouquets, you needn’t spend a bundle buying a bundle of imported flowers.....The result will be unique, local, imaginative, and inexpensive. Color photos throughout illustrate and inspire."

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    I was so pleased to find that "A Pattern Garden" is still being reviewed...check out Allan Becker's generous review on his Garden Guru blog.. I felt like Allan really understood what I was working towards in that book....he writes...."There is a delightful abstract quality to this publication. In it, the author takes good garden design to a higher, more spiritual level. Instead of discussing the aesthetic and scientific elements of design, as so many traditional garden design books do, she focuses on the role played in garden design by archetypal ideas - a.k.a. patterns - that reference the longings of human beings. These pleasure and comfort-rooted ideas are those that inspire designers to create gardens that are satisfying beyond their beauty." see more at http://allanbecker-gardenguru.squarespace.com/journal/valerie-easton
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    "A handy guide to a garden you can raise without a corresponding increase in your blood pressure..handsome and informative...."
    - Metropolitan Home, Dec. 2009

    "This book is an invaluable addition to the garden library – destined to be a classic for many years to come."
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