About Me

Q. What's with the pug head?

A. The name of my blog came from the fact we wanted to adopt a pug, but my love of spiky plants, combined with their buggy eyes, spelled disaster. My husband joked the pug would need to wear goggles, hence the photo. In reality we found a chug (pug chihuahua mix) whose longer nose and less buggy eyes provides all the protection she needs, no goggles necessary!



Contact me: email
On Blogger since: March 2009
Gender: female
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Industry: Communications/Media
Occupation:  Partner and Communications Director at www.plantlust.com
Interests: gardening (of course), plants, reading, travel

What it's all about: I garden in NE Portland – USDA zone 8b. Having grown up in Spokane, WA, (zone 6) I don’t take our weather here in Portland for granted. I hate telling my mom, when she admires a plant in my yard, “sorry that won’t grow in Spokane.” Although I long for the exotic plants that my brother in Phoenix, AZ, and my in-laws in Truth or Consequences, NM, can grow, I know I've got the best of both worlds here in Portland. We have a wealth of great nurseries, adventurous gardeners and great garden designs and I plan to share them all with you here. My disclaimer: I am not pretending to be an expert on anything other than my own garden, nobody knows that better than me. I’ll often sound like I know what I’m talking about, and then again sometimes I’ll sound like I don’t, take it all with a grain of salt. My opinions may offend you; if that’s the case feel free to let me know. I love comments, both the good and the bad, but if you’re a spammer I’ll delete you, so don’t bother.

26 comments:

  1. Love your blog - great pics too! Have just shared your blog on my little site. Keep up the great posts :)

    https://www.facebook.com/therentedspade?ref=hl

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  2. Do you have a large picture showing the layout of your backyard?

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    1. No not really. The closest I can come is if you look at this post, the shots my husband took from the roof somewhat capture it:
      http://dangergarden.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-new-angle.html

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    2. I love reading your blog! Very interesting to see what a garden in a climate that's completely different from the climate I live in (just outside of Stockholm, Sweden) can be like.

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  3. AnonymousMay 31, 2013

    Wow, just found your blog, and I am amazed and inspired. I'm a beginning gardener who stumbled on your site looking for a plant I just bought. Your yard is AMAZING! Bravo!

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  4. AnonymousJune 04, 2013

    What is the fuzzy plant in an orange pot below the hanging orange pot. In today's post (6/4/13)

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    1. I think you're asking about the Acacia cognata Cousin Itt: http://www.smgrowers.com/products/plants/plantdisplay.asp?plant_id=3558

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  5. AnonymousJuly 21, 2013

    This is the coolest plant blog ever!!

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  6. Count me in as a fan. Not in the palmy kinda way, but only as a person who appreciates much of what you appreciate. My best, and I look forward (and back!) To each of your posts.

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  7. I found your site by chance today and enjoyed reading about the bamboo plant last year and also about the bishops plant with the flamingos in trees, solar lights. I just watched a video about the 3 different types of bamboo. One for inside, one for outside and one that will take over so its best to contain it. You made a statement about getting permission to use images. I pin a lot on pinterest boards is that allowed?

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    1. Of course! Thank you for asking Sandra and please feel free to pin away! I was referring to publications, newsletters and the like which might be tempted use a photo without attribution.

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  8. just moved here (3 days ago!) from northern new England - zone 5b, usually. Perched in Sellwood at the moment, but looking around for My house/neighborhood. Are there garden websites and nurseries you recommend here? Or a place I can start looking? I'll come back and check this here comments section, but you can also find me at megan (at) mmdevine (dot) (com)

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    1. I just now saw I never replied to you here. I did email you though right?

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  9. I really like your site. I just shared your post about your visit to White Sands on my FB page https://www.facebook.com/michael.gaglio.5. My nusery specializes in the plants you love!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/High-Desert-Native-Plants-LLC/120843358504?ref=hl

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  10. Just realized that my comment may have come off as spam. No spam intended...I just get excited about cactus! Thanks again.

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    1. Thanks Michael, and nope I didn't think it was spammy at all! And I think you need to get High Desert Native Plants LLC on plantlust.com!

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  11. Saw your Plant Lust site. Wow! Looking great! Noticed you have an advert for The Garden Blogger Fling in Portland in '14. I assume you'll attend. Will your garden be on the tour? I'd love to see it! When can one register? I'd like to go--schedule willing.

    Van

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    1. Ah thanks, glad you like the plant lust site. We've still got a lot of work to do but it's certainly coming along. As for the 2014 Fling, yep! I'm part of the planning committee putting the event together...we'll announce when the registration is open on the GBF facebook page and on the blog (http://gardenbloggersfling.blogspot.com). We need to have a better idea of the costs involved before we can open up registration. We're also still narrowing down the list of gardens we'll visit but yes, mine might very well be one of them (scary!).

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  12. I am a college student currently living in Lincoln, NE getting ready to move out west to Corvallis OR and just happened to spot your blog by chance! I love seeing what and how you're growing, we share our love of succulents and hard finds. Thank you for sharing your tips and tricks they are much appreciated.

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  13. I love succulents, not to easy to grow in my humid climate. Great blog!

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  14. Love your blog… I am looking for a bed and breakfast to purchase that is close to a botanical garden and has a garden of it's own. I has no parameters, just potential, and where I can cater to people who love to garden and enjoy touring botanical gardens. I am from Miami and Fairchild Tropical Garden is my local Botanical… It is the largest palm garden in the world.
    Any suggestions…anyone?

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  15. Hold on! You love plants that may potentially hurt you, but you don't like conifers? Well, perhaps you should visit my blog and discover some painfully lovely possibilities to change your mind. I found my way here by way of a Google search and landed on your 'Whipcord' page.
    http://coniferlover.wordpress.com

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  16. Shoot, I was so excited when I googled you up. I thought surely you must be in my neck of the woods, not. Century plants and agave are the most abundant natives and many varieties of catclaw. I'm between an estuary and a bay, between Galveston and Corpus Christi TEXAS. Have you fans near me?

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  17. Allan RoseApril 07, 2014

    I love your blog! I wish we had known each other when I lived in Portland. I just moved to Tucson last July, 2013 after 30 years in Western Oregon/Portland.
    Though I miss fuchsias and ferns, I can now plant (and have!) for Tucson's 9a climate (maybe 9b).
    I have planted Jacaranda, Thevetia, Grevillea robusta and many other delights that do grow and bloom here though are listed as marginal.
    My house came with mature Valencia orange trees and a mature grapefruit with ocotillos by the dozen.
    Needless to say, I'm in plant Nirvana with bougainvillea blooming in January and Feb.
    Please look me up when you visit Tucson again!
    I'll continue to enjoy your blog in the mean-time!

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  18. Just found your blog and I love it!! Like you I love the desert climates and planting but your garden is also so exotic compared to my garden in England! Do you post on Instagram too? All the best to you, and maybe I'll be up your way in the future to see dangerous gardens. Helena.

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