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We could have a real winter- La Nina 2020

The national climate prediction center has shown that a moderate La Nina has formed in the tropical Pacific. That has large implications for our weather this winter. Traditionally, La Nina is best known in our region for wetter, colder winters and there is a greater possibility of an arctic outbreak as well as low elevation […]


Covid and the garden- Thank you!

I’ve worked in the nursery industry, non-stop from 1992 until the present. I’ve seen every kind of weather that you can even conceive. I’m not surprised by the weather anymore. (But I do know what is Oregon and what is not.) I’ve gone through retail booms and busts and Great Recessions, and the beginning of […]


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Happy mild summer (so far)

The Second half of meteorological summer: Well, contrary to the constant predictions of the NOAA climate service that we would be warmer than normal this summer that has yet to pan out. In fact, we had a much wetter than normal June and it was not lost on anyone when June gloom lasted into the […]


Beautiful Mother’s Day for gardening.

Happy Mothers Day Mom couldn’t ask for better weather this weekend for gardening. Following some fairly substantial rain the temperatures this weekend will push the mid 80’s and that means things will grow and fast. The soil temperature is approaching 60ºF which is optimal for growth. Here are four shrubs to focus on this week. […]


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Highlighted shrubs 4.8.20

Highlighted shrubs and Trees for April 8, 2020 Here are five of my favorite shrubs available this week from Xera Plants. Please post questions in the comments. Paul. Argyrocytisus battandieri Moroccan Pineaple Bloom Not easy to find this is a cool shrub for hot dry locations and average soil with little water once established. Large […]


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Gardening – That’s something I can do

Breathe, plant, repeat This has been a very stressful time for everybody. If you aren’t stressed you are probably the person who first discovered that being in our gardens is the best possible place we could be. Greg and I are committed to making plants accessible during this time of need. Perhaps we can help- […]


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NO NINO- status quo- or Arctic flow?

  I’ve held off this year about posting the forecasts for winter because there are several different circumstances this year. The first is that El Nino which guided our weather for quite a bit of last year- until the last month of winter and lead to a very average to mild winter has waned to […]


Weak to moderate El Nino forms and summer is for planting

A weak to nearly moderate El Nino formed in the Pacific during the late winter. Its anticipated to last through next winter at least. El Nino or ENSO (El Nino/Southern Oscillation) has profound effects on the weather the world over, including the Pacific Northwest. Normally it causes warmer and drier conditions in our region- (which […]


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Mild winter brings planting opportunities

   More than half of winter 2018/19 is through the door. Well, we are more than half way beyond the middle point of meteorological winter (Dec.1- February 29).  And what a winter that hasn’t been. Indeed some parts of of inner Portland have not yet seen a dip below freezing. So, what does the rest […]


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The climate die is cast

The national climate service has been pounding home lately that temperatures will be above normal for the foreseeable future. They were dead on in their prediction of a hot summer in the Pacific Northwest and there are records to prove it. The 2nd hottest summer of all time in Portland Portland ended up with not […]