Category: Gardening


Here is a picture of the base of my favorite hybrid tea rose “Double Delight”- I wanted to show you what garbage collectors they are!  I might get brave and clean out these dead leaves, but for now, I am not going to prune the rose.  I live in USDA hardiness zone 7A (go to to […]

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Bearded Iris

Oh, the beauty of iris in spring! Just kidding.  If you did nothing in the fall with the iris, then they will look like this.  The leaves are brown and grey, mottled with mildew and lying on the ground. Time for some work on these guys.  But don’t be discouraged,  with just a few minutes of […]

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Weeping Brown Sedge (Carex flagellifera)

Here is a weeping brown sedge before pruning.  This sedge is best NOT cut to the ground. Just give it a mild hair cut with the  long bladed pruning shears.                     Below shows me preparing for a “ponytail” cut for the sedge.  Using this method, the […]

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Spring Clean up

Here is common sage in early March.  I decided not to do any pruning on it yet.  It seems a  bit too early.  We are sure to get several more freezing nights and so I am going to wait for about a month.  Then, I will cut off the dead branches and shape it up […]

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Such a smart Prize!

Wow, barely 6 months old and reading a book. Grandma is so proud!

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My Prize visit

My daughter Lauren and granddaughter Prize came to Boise to visit.  Just in time for Halloween.  What a great costume!

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Welcome Prize Rylin Smith!

Our granddaughter was born today!! What a wonderful event. We got the call in Boise about 6 PM, that Lauren was in labor so we hopped in the car and drove to Bend, OR.  We got there in plenty of time to set up the video camera and a live feed to the other grandparents […]

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