Dear determined gardening friends, Indy and Dee in particular, If anyone saw my garden this very minute they would be shocked and dismayed. SHOCKED! I tell you. The new sandstone retaining wall is about half finished. Some of the rudbeckia have escaped the perennial borders and...

Having whined my way back from vacay, time now to step up to the dinner plate and get my act back together. How can I possibly call myself a gardener and still sit here whining about the ripe Sun Gold tomatoes and the sweet, tasty...

Dear Dee and Carol, [caption id="attachment_8645" align="aligncenter" width="215" caption="Oregon Coast, 2009"][/caption]This is a good picture, a HAPPY picture, not to be confused with the dismal picture that is the garden at Ranch du Bois, week 21. I essentially left my garden to fend for itself for the...

Not to be left out of the big doin's, here's my little upload for Bloom Day, July 2009-a small selection of what is blooming in the garden at Ranch du Bois. It is blazing hot and hard to photograph all the lovelies right now. Heck,...

Dear Carol and Dee, Once again, I am amazed: WEEK 18??? What the heck? July 5th? Where do the days go? Days, where do the weeks go? Not a great deal to report from Ranch du Bois. Rasberries still producing in spite of high 80's/90/s heat. I...

To all my fellow Idaho gardeners/garden bloggers, I hope you are doing the Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day. Its not too late to run out side, snap some picks and link over to May Dreams Gardens. Come on! Here's my offering for June:[caption id="attachment_8525" align="aligncenter" width="268" caption="Hardy...

Dear Carol and Dee, my gardening friends, Good Grief! Egads! For crying out loud! What is WITH this rain? This is going to go down as one of the wettest Junes on record for Boise, Idaho. It has rained every day, and not just a little...

Reader, let me be the first to apologize for leaving you turning in the wind, without ballast, these last few weeks. I know, I KNOW! It's prime gardening season and I have been MIA. Sorry. So sorry. We all get busy busy this time of...