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Although this could very well be a picture of me finding a new treasure at a favorite nursery, it's actually an illustration by David Catrow for a children's book called Plantzilla.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Internet and Copyright...Hmm.

One of my favorite stained glass panels is this one made by my glass guru years ago.  I published an image of it on my blog a year or so ago.

"Winter" by Florence Welborn
A few months ago, while perusing Pinterest, I saw this panel, clicked on the link and found that it was for sale on Etsy.  I felt horrible, thinking that my posting of the original, later pinned, was the reason for the copy.
"Abstract Pines Full Moon"
Abstract Pines Full Moon Etched Snowflakes  Mouth-blwn Glass
I contacted the artist and shared the image of the original.  The person said that the second  window was made back in the 90's. Apologized and removed the panel from her online shop.  Hmmm.  In talking with Florence, she said that an image of the original was published in a stained glass magazine in the late 80's in a story about an exhibition at the gallery where I now teach. 


I could go into all sorts of reasons why the original in this case is superior to the copy from glass choices, execution, down to the name of the piece.  These are obviously not pines!
Abstract Pines Full Moon Etched Snowflakes  Mouth-blwn Glass

So, even before the internet, there was plagiarism, but like many things, the internet makes the practice easier and faster.  I totally understand when  artists and craftspeople  don't want their work photographed or at least not posted on the internet for fear that others will copy their ideas and respect their preference.

Just last night, I got an email from a blogging friend with a link to a blog called "Gardening Tips" by Izabel Goulart in which every single word and photograph of every post was directly copied from my blog. You can view it here.   While Izabel is no longer posting on the Garden Tips Blog, she has continued to steal, verbatim, my posts on her google+ account   Nowhere in any post is credit given.

I don't claim to be an expert gardener, an accomplished writer, or more than an adequate photographer but post on my blog for the joy of it. Being part of the community of garden bloggers and meeting people who enjoy reading about each others' gardening adventures is it's own reward. So, what's the damage when someone steals our work?  Our voice has been stolen.  This has happened to other bloggers and it is flattering that someone would think my work is worth stealing but it still, as my blogging friend said, burns!  Ms. Goulart did get a message from me regarding this issue.

I'm guessing that Izabel won't be re posting this one!

Has your blog been plagiarised?  Did you take any action?








Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Tacoma Home and Garden Show: Part the Second



The good news about the plant sale part of the show was that there was a lot of space to walk around the tables.  The bad news is that the reason there was so much space is that there were fewer plant vendors this year.  This event used to have a whole separate huge room for the plant vendors; now they're just in a corner of the one space.  While the number of plant vendors was disappointing, the ones that did come brought some lovely things.  This is a very busy time in the horticulture industry and it's difficult to be loading up trucks of plants to take to events if  you're already busy in  greenhouses, receiving plants, planning for the year, etc. so I'm grateful for the vendors that did come and hope that the organizers of this event will do something to entice more participants to next year's event!




This one was new to me.  How fun to discover a new place to visit!

Agave "Blue Glow" seems to be popping up everywhere round these parts.  Has anybody tried growing it outside in the PNW?  Tony Avent places it as being hardy to zone 8b but I've always brought it inside for the winter.

Shy and sweet Hellebore.

These were cool but where would I put them?

Another great use for pruned branches of contorted filbert. 


Baby Dicksonia antarctica in four inch pots.  How long do you suppose it would take these to grow big enough to walk beneath?


Pinus contorta var. latifolia 'Chief Joseph' doing it's golden winter dance. 


I was too busy buying plants here to take pictures.  Bless their hearts for coming all the way from Stayton!  I just potted up the Hymenocallis bulbs and daylilies that I got here. There were also some tempting Oriental and Asiatic lilies but I must wait to see where the bulbs I planted last fall come up. 


Alison also found some treasures here!

The good folks from Lael's Moon Garden brought some great plants including three unusual  teeny dwarf conifers that came home with me.  I've bought great things from Lael's at various sales and always vow to go see the nursery.  Hooray, another great destination to visit this spring/summer! 


B&D lilies always has a great selection.  Their sign reading "Sun to Shade Lily Bulbs" intrigued me. They'll also be at the NWFGS and I'll definitely want to learn more about lilies for shade!

In contrast to the smaller number of plant vendors at this year's show, it seems like the Vintage Market perhaps had even more participants.  The Urban Gardener sharing a space with Millesime Designs.  Didn't get a picture but Millesime Designs had some gold-painted Monkey Puzzle tree branches in vases.  Brilliant! (And a fun idea to steal.)  If gold's not your thing, how about white, chartreuse, or black paint?

Ah, nostalgia is a wonderful thing!  

There was a pay phone with a rotary dial in one of the spaces.  It's interesting to think that there is a generation of people who would have no idea what that object was.

 Alison and I both thought this face was cool. 



Another punch cup chandelier.  I keep meaning to make one of these myself but never get around to it.  I sort of wish I'd just bought this one.

This vendor had some very nice American pottery including an unusual  McCoy vase that I thought was the bees knees and was reasonably priced but I have too much stuff already! (That doesn't usually stop me.)

Marianne Binetti yucking it up with Ciscoe Morris  as they broadcast his radio show.  Looks like they had as much fun as Alison and I!





Monday, January 26, 2015

The Tacoma Home and Garden Show Part One

This Weekend, Alison (Bonney Lassie) her husband Nigel, and I met at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show.  It's always a joy to see them and we had a blast taking in the event.  I was uncharacteristically early, perhaps because the venue was only a nine minute drive from my house, and when I arrived, there were already folks queueing up to enter. 



There were a lot of home improvement ideas (it is a Home and Garden show after all.) This display of pet doors for sliding glass panels was perhaps the cutest.  Nice to know that your stuffed animals can come and go as they wish.  (Tip:  if they stay outside too long in the Pacific Northwest, they start to smell funny and grow moss.)

The folks at Whitworth Pest Solutions, a fine company whose services I've used and with which I've  been very pleased,  brought along these eye catching displays of bugs from around the world.  

Yikes!  Wouldn't want to run into some of these bad boys!

There were several fetching waterfall displays.  Unfortunately, I forgot the name of the company whose work this was.

Alison did not seem amused when I asked her if she had crabs. I meant in her garden.  What could she have been thinking?


 It's always a pleasure to see Carman (Mad Mozaics) and her lovely work.

Alison and I each came home with one of these skulls.

This show-stopping table and benches are made of rescued redwood roots.  (The trees had already died.)

 Marenakos Rock Center always does a nice large display.

The glass-like surface of the polished rock begs to be touched!


Can you imagine having this in your garden? 

Olympic Landscape Design also has a large display garden each year.  Interesting to see the Cyclamen coum!

Thrilling to see "fiddlestix" by the talented and wonderful Barbara Sanderson (Glass Gardens Northwest.)

This water feature is hidden from view until one actually walks into the garden and acts as a lovely focal point to ponder from the patio seating behind it.

Black Mondo Grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') with Yellow Twig Dogwood is a great and tasteful combination.  I would have chosen Red Twig Dogwood and maybe a screaming red pot, perhaps spray painted the lantern purple and thrown some blue crushed glass around the base of the pot.  You see, tackiness like mine can't be learned but I've heard that it can be overcome.

Another distinct pleasure of the event was meeting Chavliness, who has been commenting on on my blog for quite some time, and the owner of her garden!  She'd even brought me some orange Alstroemeria seeds which I'm very excited to have and will do my best to not kill!  Thank you so much Chava! After we chatted a bit, their question was, "Where are the plants?" (My kind of People!)  More on that in tomorrow's post but for now, it's time to relax with a beverage of your choice

Some warm milk perhaps?


Friday, January 23, 2015

Nandina domestica 'Moyers Red' Is My Favorite Plant...This Week

Looking for a jolt of bright color in the winter?  Nandina domestica 'Moyer's Red' might just be the answer.


Upright, multi-stemmed, broadleaf evergreen shrub with green, dissected, bamboo-like foliage that changes to bright red in the winter.

Clusters of small pink flowers in summer are followed by clusters of bright red berries that persist into winter.
 Grows to 6' tall by 4' wide.  Sun to filtered sun.  Well-drained, moist soil.  Moderate water use.  Hardy to zone 6.  For more information, look here.

I'm Joining with Loree at Danger Garden in posting my favorite plant this week. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Visiting Bark and Garden On A Rather Wet January Day


Bark and Garden is a very large nursery and the first thing I noticed when driving in is that they've added another building, a huge lath house.  Right now it is full of evergreens but one wonders what they'll use it for this summer.  The garden that they've been working on looks much more finished than it did during my last visit.

A huge water feature dominates this space and small rivulets meander throughout. 


I also noticed that there were no huge containers parked across the parking lot as they have been in previous years at this time. Inquiring inside, I learned that Bark and Garden will not be at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show or at the NWFGS in Seattle.  Bummer.   Anyway, as always their displays of evergreens blew me away.

Instead of segregating their plants by type, B&G displays them in beautiful color combinations that make me want to rip out my entire garden and replace it with something like this.

No one else in these parts does winter evergreen displays quite as stunning as these.  Those red and orange Nandinas really add a grand contrast!

Moving inside one of the cool greenhouses, I spotted this color combination. My eyes danced at the color echo of the pinky purple of the cordyline and the details of the giant lizard.

This large gazing ball-centered sunflower certainly stands out! What will they think of next?

B & G also incorporates all kinds of statuary in their displays.  One has to admire the scale of these huge creatures.

Ah, the hellebores are starting to open up. I had to bring a couple home just because they were in small pots and fairly inexpensive.  One can never have too many hellebores, right?


There were a lot of agaves in gallon pots all lining the top shelves of the unheated house.  Here are just a few.  They were mostly varieties that can make it outside here.  (Mr. Ripple was the only exception.)

Back out to see something and caught sight of more evergrens.  The new lath house is partially visible on the right.

Purty primrose.

Camellia sasanqua 'Kanjiro'  giving C. s. 'Yuletide' a run for it's money.  Although Yuletide's bright red cheery color is still my favorite.

And by some strange greenhouse magic, Dianthus blooming in January. 

Another camellia. The tag was buried around the back of the plant somewhere and I didn't want to disturb it.  Aren't those little almost water-lily shaped flowers darling?

Flowers of another kind in full bloom in the gift area.


This guy, also available through Design Toscano, was tempting.  He'd look quite interesting among  some of the gravestones in my garden.  He's a bit too realistic and scary looking though.

Another couple of large houses are devoted to tropical plants.  Dinosaurs do need heat!

As do jungle animals. 

This time of year finds holiday displays being put away, new merchandise arriving, gearing up for spring and the early summer rush.  This Yeti (or is it just a blonde gorilla?)  was taking a nap inside a small greenhouse  in the back. Hope he's not grumpy when he wakes up!

Although it doesn't look much like this right now, Mark and Gaz's (Alternative Eden) jungle hut came to mind.

Interesting driftwood horse. 

Those of you who live in areas where Spanish Moss naturally grows on your trees may find this a bit funny.  It's artificial Spanish Moss.  Plastic and at the end is a nice little handle.  $2.99 a hank.

Someone named O'Neil had fun painting "laughing rocks."



Laughing out loud!  Always with the jokes, these people.  Seriously, this is good advice.

Another view of those glorious evergreen displays and more of the lath house.  

On this extremely rainy day, the thought of watering was laughable but this is sure a pretty display of bright colored watering cans.

Here's my haul.  The Viburnum xbodnantense 'Dawn' are in the background. What a treat to bring home plants again!  The scent of Sarcococca filled the car on the way home and made me think of the Northwest Flower And Garden Show, the air of which is usually heavy with this fragrance.  (Yes, there are already a few of these in my garden but I wanted one to plant near the back porch where I'll smell it frequently.)

Have you brought home any new plants lately?