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March 28, 2010


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valerie Easton

Oh not snow in the forecast! Sounds like you're way ahead of me with starting peppers and tomatoes....I just finished cutting back raspberry canes....it was very stormy, with thunder and hail today on this side of the mountains, so it feels like we're plunged back into winter....

Debra Davis

Oh my. You are so far ahead over there, compared to us just east of the mountains. There was snow mixed in with the rain today. During better weather, I have been busy with cleaning up. Cutting the lavender plants way back is a good idea, and I will do that. I still need to cut the dead canes out of the raspberries, prune the roses (which have a lot of dead wood due to the cold in Dec.), dig up the baby strawberry plants from runners...I have lettuce and spinach started under a plastic tunnel over one of my raised beds. Also sweet peas--started them too early. In the house, pepper seedlings are ready to go into 4" pots, and the tomatoes are well on their way. It's time to start some basil. Decided not to plant peas yet because of snow in the forecast. Mostly what I am doing now is prowling around looking for sprouts and enjoying what's left of the crocus and snowdrops! I visit your blog almost daily, and enjoy seeing what has caught your eye.

Jan LaFollette

Bought your book and LOVE it! I have been trying to simplify inside and out. We took out our front lawn two years ago leaving most of the rhodys, trees and shrubs in place just trying now to tie them all together. Lost several plants in last
December's cold snap. You gave me a great idea today for planting my snap peas. I have half barrels (I want to replace with your galvenized feeders)and I'll plant the peas and make a tee pee with stakes for them to grow on. Enjoy your blog!

philippines flower

Pretty flowers! Seems your garden was so healthy. Wish I can have a healthy garden too. I'm been looking for interesting topic as this. Looking forward for your next post. Keep posting!


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New Book: Petal & Twig

  • 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."

In the News

  • Montreal Blogger Reviews "A Pattern Garden"
    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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    Check out this interview with Val in the Chicago Tribune on using art in the garden...

The New Low Maintenance Garden

  • Reviews Are In....
    "Over the years, countless books have espoused a low-maintenance approach to gardening. None have been as engaging, practical, or inspiring as this latest of Easton's contributions to the gardener's bookshelf,"
    - Pacific Horticulture magazine, Jan/Feb/Mar 2010

    "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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