Schatzi

Lake Tapps, WA, US
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I am a retired computer professional and have been a WSU/Pierce County master gardener for 17 years. I live in the Puget Sound area of western WA. I am definitely a "one or more of each" type of gardener and like to say I never met a flower I didn't like. I try to put the right plant in the right place, but sometimes goof. With our hotter summers (than in the past),I have started using more xeric plants in the hotter, drier areas.
I try to group plants together that enjoy the same conditions and coordinate the garden using compatible colors. I have a vegetable garden, 2 greenhouses, and a house full of plants. I fill the house with blooming plants to get thru our gray winters. A bit of fair weather skiing helps, too.



Recent comments


Re: Jeff's building a patio!

Hello All. I love the interplay between all the regulars to this blog. What a great group of people! I would love to meet all of you and see your gardens what a blast that would be. I got a real kick out of the mower getting bogged down. Years ago My husband and I were logging at the back of our property and broke the axle (or something crucial!) on our 4WD diesel tractor
and had to push and steer it back to the house! Luckily it was the smallest Japanese tractor. We bought that size because it just barely fit in the bed of our pickup, and when we were building we didn't want to leave it on the property to maybe wander off... That Satoh tractor is over 35 years old now and we have done tons of work with it. Doesn't owe us a thing and it still purrs - well maybe it's more like a roar...

Re: Jeff's building a patio!

Jeff, your patio is gorgeous! I absolutely love those cultivator discs. I had no idea they were so beautiful.
I totally understand about rain and weeds - everything
grows prolificly here in the Pacific NW. And I also love our Oregon and Washington nurseries. Have you discovered Far Reaches Farm yet? They are over on the peninsula and are fabulous plants people and explorers and just great human beings. I wish I could hire you, but I probably couldn't afford you! Keep up the good work.

Re: Vignettes in Pauline's garden in California

Lovely! Great texture combinations, but since I am also a big fan of color, my favorite is the Japanese maple and azalea combination. Fantastic!

Re: Michelle's garden in Connecticut

Wonderful Michelle. Lovely view and garden. Cobalt blue is my favorite color. Try it with white-edged wine Martha Washington geraniums and blue and white fillers and trailers - gorgeous! This is one of my favorite combinations, and I usually have a row of them on my side deck in the summer. Stunning. I'm not much for vines, but I like clematis and roses - classic combin-
ation. I vote to skip the shutters. Why spend the money when you can spend it on plants? Yes, I am a certifiable plant-aholic! I have more than I can keep up at 75, but I love it and do my best, but the weeds always seem to win. We have had lots of rain too, and growth is rampant. Enjoy your lovely garden.

Re: Wendy's garden in Virginia, Day 1

Wow! Gorgeous! And that loropetalum!! I want one! I wonder if it would live in zone 8? I also love the small bulbs and any and all daffodils. I can grow delphiniums here - if I keep them in pots on the deck, away from the slugs. Tulips are another plant that will have to stay on the deck from now on. I have lived here with deer for 35 years and this is the first year they have eaten the tulips...and hardy geraniums...and a few other things. So far they haven't found the peas in the raised bed, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Everyone who sends in pictures has such gorgeous gardens. I enjoy them all. I think mine are pretty, but they are not so neat and well tended.

Re: More from May's garden on Vancouver Island

Gorgeous! I echo everyone else's comments - love it! Two of my favorites in my garden are R. Crater Lake (blue) and R. Top Banana (yellow). I planted them next to each other and usually they bloom at about the same time, altho Crater Lake is always earlier. Also love several small blossomed species - I'd have to look up the names. Also love what I call the sunset colors - combinations of yellow, pink, orange - stunning. What's not to love about rhodies?

Re: Tim's side garden in Ohio, revisited

Gorgeous, Tim. I also have a thing for Heucheras. and gentians. and lady slipper orchids. I grew up in NYS with the native lady slippers and I have always wanted to grow some in my garden, but at the price, I hesitate to take the risk. Brave you! Good luck with it. I live in western WA in the temperate jungle, where almost everything grows...rampantly. That is both good and bad. I seem to spend my life weeding and fighting the woods back. But my flowers are beautiful! Couldn't live without them.
Love your garden.

Re: Spring unfolds in Pauline's California garden

This is what heaven looks like. Gorgeous! Calm and peaceful and full of color. Lenny looks like a love.

Re: Beth's garden in Iowa, Day 3--Attracting wildlife

Beth, your property is truly an inspiration. Gorgeous! I have been drooling over it all week. I have been a Washington State Univ. - Pierce County master gardener for almost 20 years, and appreciate your "no drugs" approach to gardening. And the results are awesome. I have 5 acres in western WA that I have been trying to civilize for many years. With our mild climate, it is an on-going battle to keep the weeds down and the woods back, but I love gardening. We have spring peepers here too, but they are usually emerald green, often with 2 copper stripes on their back. Gorgeous little guys. I have made my peace with the garter snakes, which are pretty much all we have here, since they eat mice and slugs, and they "run" away faster than I used to!
Michelle, I love-love-love this blog! Thank you so much for doing it and thanks to all who send in pics of their gardens.
You are all my gardening friends.

Re: Beth's garden in Iowa, Day 3--Attracting wildlife

Beth, your property is truly an inspiration. Gorgeous! I have been drooling over it all week. I have been a Washington State Univ. - Pierce County master gardener for almost 20 years, and appreciate your "no drugs" approach to gardening. And the results are awesome. I have 5 acres in western WA that I have been trying to civilize for many years. With our mild climate, it is an on-going battle to keep the weeds down and the woods back, but I love gardening. We have spring peepers here too, but they are usually emerald green, often with 2 copper stripes on their back. Gorgeous little guys. I have made my peace with the garter snakes, which are pretty much all we have here, since they eat mice and slugs, and they "run" away faster than I used to!
Michelle, I love-love-love this blog! Thank you so much for doing it and thanks to all who send in pics of their gardens.
You are all my gardening friends.

Re: Beth's garden in Iowa, Day 1

WOW!! You may not have known anything about gardening when you started, but you sure learned fast. Your place is exquisite. Thank you for the pictures. What inspiration!

Re: READER PHOTOS! Sheila's container gardens in Colorado

Wow! I like succulents too,but Sheila has an original and unique way of displaying them. I especially like the plant "waterfall" from the bench to the deck. Never would have thought of that. Gorgeous.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Kathy's garden in New York

Beautiful! Love the driftwood, especially the heron.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Andrea's espalier in Idaho

Hi Michelle. 40 is good. You have a long way to go yet! I am a 73 yr old gardener and my husband is an 83 yr old roller skater!! He skates the gold dances and is a speed skating referee - keeps him young and in shape! So you see, just keep busy doing what you like and it will all be good. Btw, our 50th wedding anniversary is May 26th! Where did the time go?
Our recent snow and ice storm destroyed our beautiful 30 ft Larch and trashed most of my dozen lilacs, but they should come back from the roots. We will have to grow another Larch. We like them. It's a pretty tree. Also split the top of my crab apple. I'll have to tape it back together and see what happens. The rest of the broken branches are in the woods where we can ignore them.

Re: READER PHOTOS! Jeffrey's visit to Larnach Castle

Gorgeous! and I love the cat gargoyle! Thanks.