home for christmas!! it will be nice to take a break from playing foreigner for the next month.

oh, we also got a puppy!

Through the eyes of my child

October 1st in the Greenhouse 2011

Moving items back inside as the weather is going to change (or is in the process of changing as we speak):

  • Peony (Edulis double pink)
  • Canna (Dwarf pink and Tropicana)
  • Hardy geranium (Birch’s double)
  • Geranium (Tango Orange and pink)
  • Coleus (mixed Ed Hume)
  • Hydrangea (Red)

And my tropicals that need to overwinter in the greenhouse:

  • Christmas Cactus (Kris Kringle)
  • Thanksgiving Cactus
  • Fishbone cactus
  • Lemon (Myers improved)
  • Lime (Bearss)
  • Orange (Washington)
  • Banana (dwarf)
  • Palm (Windmill,  Bottle, and Sago)
  • Ti (Red and Green - Oahu and Maui)
  • Bird of paradise (Kauai)

Ísland in 10 photos - a very tough challenge.  
We had the unique opportunity to visit this beautiful country for the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition this past week.
My best description of Iceland is a combination of Alaska and Norway - natural beauty and Scandinavian sophistication.
The people were very friendly, the show was world class, and the city was lively and interesting.  
Message me in Facebook if you’d like to see more - I have hundreds of photos.  We will return (undoubtedly on one of the Icelandair layover deals to Europe).  


Into the garden June 25, 2011

  • wave petunias - purple
  • nasturtium seeds - empress of India
  • astilbe - white
  • coleus - ed hume
  • peony 


  • E side yard pergola reinforcement
  • walk way cleaning
  • bait
Father’s Day in the Greenhouse & Garden

June 20, 2011

In the greenhouse today, most everything that was left over from my previous entries have been moved out into the garden:

  • Geraniums
  • Bacopa
  • Peonies
  • Petunias

Also, additional cuttings were potted:

  • Petunias
  • Geraniums
  • Hibiscus
  • Tropicals

Finally, today, Monday I planted from seed flats of

  • Lupine
  • Digitalis
Travelogue: Dutch Harbor

Old home week for Kris in Dutch Harbor last week; Mr. Chu, Norman and Bong helped me move the FFI warehouse from the Latitude 54 (3,000 square feet) Warehouse (Dutch Harbor side) to our new Crowley Warehouse (9,000 square feet) in Captains Bay (Unalaska side).  

Here’s the new warehouse, right at the foot of the North Pacific Fuel Crowley Dock (where we fuel about 90 percent of the time).  Back in the early 70’s, we used to deliver from the Rainier to the Akutan, moored at this dock.  It was also a great area for shrimp fishing…

Finally, my home away from home - Raven House - an ex World War II structure that we’ve renovated for our crew bunkhouse (and my future retirement home)

Saturday morning in the Greenhouse.  As we enter Memorial Day Weekend, we are anxiously awaiting some warm weather in Seattle this Spring. As you can see from the greenhouse pictures, we have many starts ready to go out into the garden:

  • Azyochka & Pick Red Tomatoes
  • Peonies - Double Pink
  • Purple Wave Petunia
  • Geraniums - Tango Orange & Pink
  • Astilbe - white

And a few that just were potted up and we’ll need to wait for a few weeks

  • Eupatorium Baby Joe
  • Peony Edulis Pink double
  • Geranium Birch’s double

Hope for warm weather so we can get the plants into the garden…

Tuesday Evening in the Greenhouse.  May 24, 2011 Potted up:

  • Eupatorium Baby Joe
  • Geranium Birch’s Double
  • Peony Edulis Superba

And transplanted:  Purple Wave Petunia (seed 4/10)

Onto the deck:  Red n Pretty Hydrangea

Bloedel Reserve - Bainbridge Island, WA

We visited one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been this weekend and it’s located only about an hour from our home.

The Bloedel Reserve has a history that dates back to the early 1900’s and the timber industry, University of Washington, Seattle founding families, US Military, etc.  In other words, not only was it beautiful, but historic.

If the Buchart Gardens is like Las Vegas, then the Bloedel Reserve could be compared to New Orleans.  It’s the real deal when it comes to NW gardening and culture.

If you haven’t been, we’d recommend you go - we will be back…


Syttende Mai

We had a beautiful 17th of May in Ballard yesterday; parade along Market Street and dinner with half of Ballard at Anthonies Homeport on Shilshole Bay.