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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Dec 5, 2012 5:24 PM CST
I think we should all introduce our self’s. I know some of you but would love some new people to join in, the more the merrier.

The Pacific North West is such a wonderful place to garden. I live in Western Washington about an hour for Seattle. Having not garden any were else I must be a bit bias. I’m married with 2 college aged sons and 2 lab mix dogs. Some of my favorite plants are Heuchera, Sedum, Hellebores, Sempervivum and, just starting to get the daylily bug. My dad was a landscaper for years and I garden around mature rhododendrons and other plants he loved. My husband and I bought my parents’ house back in the 80’s, so I’ve been here all my life except for the few years out getting my education. A few pictures
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 5, 2012 6:33 PM CST
Thanks "Spring" for sharing some info! I live in Seattle in an apartment, (going on 10 years now - where does the time go?) When moving in I asked if I could putter around in the yard and the management has been glad to have me do so! In my (humble) opinion I've done some beautiful improvements! I joined ATP thinking I was doing so to access the amazing database, and then I began interacting with folks and its been really fun! I'm just beginning (May of 1012) to start a Sempervivum (with some sedum) bed...the first batch of plants I planted for looks and didn't keep any labels and thought ('Oh how lovely! I wonder what it is??') This coincided with my joining here and realizing that most people want to know what their looking at (latin name and all!!) Its been good for me to learn! I have many succulents that are outside in summer and 'roommates' in winter, my apartment gets crazy busy in the winter Rolling on the floor laughing
Here is a photo of me up in Mt Ranier National Park, looking out towards Ranier (did you know there are wild semp and sedum looking plants! - I'm kidding...but I do love hiking in the mountains and coming across some species sedums/succulents!)
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I love the foggy mornings of Seattle autumn!
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Finally I could post lots of photos of all my dogs, because I walk dogs as a side job...but here is a cute one! Luna a border collie
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Cheers
Greg
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Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Dec 5, 2012 6:42 PM CST
Greg!!! What is that glorious tree with the cobweb in the fog? It's beautiful, looks like ginkgo. And is moss growing on it?

I know, I'm way out of my zone, but my eyes got caught by that tree.
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 5, 2012 7:03 PM CST
Hi Sharon, I think its a Hawthorn tree! The whole neighborhood has them and they're wonderfully older trees, kept small!!
Hurray!
Greg
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Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Dec 5, 2012 7:06 PM CST
I'm Deb from the far reaches of north Snohomish County. Born and raised in Seattle, so a native PNWer. Two adult sons, both still in the area. My husband and I relocated to raw acreage when I was pregnant with Son #1 and we've been here ever since (32 years now), building a home, outbuildings, raising various animals, and designing and redesigning our surroundings. Son #2 recently graduated with Landscape Architecture degree which I take full advantage of. I work from home along with my companion Frankie - a boxer/shephard mix. Couple pics:

Front entrance to house:

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A reconstructed barn - we bought the siding and trusses from a heap on the ground:

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My old vegetable garden redesigned as an herbal labyrinth:

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Our latest project, a new regrade to the backyard with firepit (designed by son #2):

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A view down our hill to the pond and woodlot behind:

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And, finally, my good buddy Frankie enjoying the snow last winter:

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I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Sharon
Calvert City, KY (Zone 7a)
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Sharon
Dec 5, 2012 7:17 PM CST
Think you're right, Greg. Hawthorn.

Deb, it's all so beautiful at your house.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Dec 5, 2012 7:22 PM CST
I only mov ed out here (Seattle / Everett, 1-2 miles from Possesion Sound) 5-6 years ago. I love the weather, the coffee, the beer and the people!

All-clay soil, hip deep in slugs, and roof & driveway covered in moss, but aren't we all?

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Seattle WA. Zone 7
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Sherri
Dec 5, 2012 8:18 PM CST
Hi everyone! I am originally from just up across the border from a place called Chilliwack, about an hour east of Vancouver. Moved back to Seattle from Connecticut about 15 years ago now.
We live within Seattle limits but it is an area north of Ballard named North Beach of all things. We've been at this home since August.
I think the gardening will be different but exciting. I will be paying a lot more attention to the shade garden forum and whining in the semp forum about my lack of sun. Our back yard is a slope. Totally unusable..... I think. It needs to stay wild and "knit" the ground so it doesn't end up on the railway tracks. I had no idea how important drainage could be. The last few weeks have had wicked rains, a few "newbies" had not kept up with their storm drains, and there are still deep crevices where the soil washed away. It will be interesting.
My main love is sedum which morphed into semps because they are just so darn amazing and there are so many cool people to teach you about them. I'm plotting my next potting as we speak. I think they will have to stay in pots just to chase the sun.
I have the two dogs in my avatar Shaun (red and white) and Mbali. I still don't know where the camera is after the move, but I will find it and try and take some photos.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 5, 2012 8:34 PM CST
Welcome! How fun ya'll! Beautiful photos and love reading the bios! Sherri I have a brother who lives at 90th and 6th NW (so probably within a couple of miles from you :P) I go up that way all the time. I guess you're lucky you've chosen plants like semps and sedums to enjoy, since they do okay in pots Smiling
Peace to all of my fellow PNWers
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Dec 6, 2012 11:06 AM CST
Hi all you PNWers. I live in the beautiful Willamette Valley in Western Oregon, about 16 miles from Salem, OR. We've lived in this house since 1999 and things are still a work in progress. We lived in WA from 1967 to 1984 before moving to OR. I love both states and both the Eastern and Western halves.

I have the most wonderful husband of 51 years, four children, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

I have a variety of plants, but the sempervivum seem to hold my fascination these last 11 years. Here are the raised beds. I have started adding small plants that will play nicely with the semps.
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Our two Rat Terriers playing on the beach at Lincoln City.
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Me with all my wrinkles and chins. Smiling
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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 6, 2012 11:10 AM CST
Lynn, How nice to have a face for the posts! Good to meet you!
Greg
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Dec 6, 2012 5:34 PM CST
I really had a struggle putting a photo of me here. Just not very photogenic. *Blush*
I realized how much I loved seeing photos of the other members, so thought I would post mine. Smiling
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Dec 6, 2012 6:34 PM CST
When someone kept asking me for a photo, I sent one of Fabio ... but they caught me in the act.

The last picture of myself that I liked was from High School! That was approximately from the Paleolithic era.

Edited to say:

Well, maybe the Neolithic era. We did have polished stone tools.


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Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 6, 2012 7:10 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Both of you are cracking me up! I find that if I use a photo that has some meaning it makes it much easier to post! (for example my 12 year old nephew who hiked up this peak with me took my photo) Fabio may be my next photo though! (I have the right last name "Colucci" Sticking tongue out )
Cheers guys I tip my hat to you.
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Dec 6, 2012 7:18 PM CST

Plants Admin

Well, I definitely want to be part of this good-looking bunch of people. Smiling

I'm in California, but in Sonoma County, far enough north to grow lots of azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, fuchsias, and other "PNW" types of plants in the large shady areas of my garden.

I moved up here almost 30 years ago from Piedmont and I've been working on the garden ever since, mainly because there's little else to do in Sebastopol. Green Grin! I started out with a passion for irises, but began planting a few roses here and there for color during the rest of the year. Now I have about 2,000 rose bushes and the poor irises and other plants are confined to the spaces between roses, except in the shade, where I grow all sorts of zone-inappropriate things, including peonies and a large assortment of alpine plants. I have to dump ice trays on all of them in winter to make them bloom here in spring, however, because we just don't get enough frost here otherwise.

I doubt that I'll ever move farther north, partly because I'm particularly prone to S.A.D. and I crave constant sunlight to keep my spirits lifted, but I'm really going to enjoy seeing photos of "northern" plants growing in the proper conditions.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
Sempervivums Sedums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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gg5
Dec 6, 2012 7:34 PM CST
Welcome! Zuzu!! I'm going to be forever stuck with the image of someone pouring ice on their plants to trick them into thinking their in winter Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing and since your "signature" says "unrepentant smokers unite" my image is of you with a cigarette hanging out of your mouth while dumping the ice Rolling on the floor laughing I'm in stiches! Seriously though your yard sounds totally lovely! I want to see photos!
Cheers and welcome to the PNW! in spirit!
Greg
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses
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zuzu
Dec 6, 2012 7:57 PM CST

Plants Admin

Here's a whole thread of garden photos for you, Greg. The second set of photos is supposed to be of the cats, but they're all in the garden anyway.

The thread "Zuzu's garden" in Garden Photos forum

Your image is correct. The cigarette would have to be hanging out of my mouth, after all, if my hands are full of ice cube trays. Hilarious!
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
Sempervivums Sedums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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gg5
Dec 6, 2012 8:00 PM CST
Exactly!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Plants bring me peace and calm, more of what we all need Smiling
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
Sempervivums Sedums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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gg5
Dec 6, 2012 8:07 PM CST
Zuzu, your garden is totally amazing!!! Veilchenblau rose I've never heard of this and love the photo!! What an amazing rose! Hurray!
Thanks for sharing photos (and joining this group!) its gonna be fun
Big Grin
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
Forum moderator Plant Database Moderator Charter ATP Member Region: California Cat Lover Roses
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zuzu
Dec 6, 2012 8:26 PM CST

Plants Admin

Thanks, Greg. Veilchenblau's a great rose! It only blooms once a year, but that one flush of blooms is spectacular and lasts a long time. It's hardy to zone 4 and it grows to an impressive size quickly. It's also easy to work with because it's virtually thornless.

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