A. The name of my blog came from the fact we wanted to adopt a pug, but my love of spiky plants, combined with their buggy eyes, spelled disaster. My husband joked the pug would need to wear goggles, hence the photo. In reality we found a chug (pug chihuahua mix) whose longer nose and less buggy eyes provided all the protection she needed, no goggles necessary!
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On Blogger since: March 2009
Location: Portland, Oregon, United States
Interests: gardening (of course), plants, reading, travel
What it's all about: Nice plants are boring – my love is for plants that can hurt you. Agave, yucca, anything with a spike or spur! I garden in NE Portland – USDA zone 8b. Having grown up in Spokane, WA, (zone 6) I don’t take our weather here in Portland for granted. I hate telling my mom, when she admires a plant in my yard, “sorry that won’t grow in Spokane.” Although I long for the exotic plants that my brother in Phoenix, AZ, and my in-laws in Los Angeles, CA, can grow, I know I've got the best of both worlds here in Portland. We have a wealth of great nurseries, adventurous gardeners and great garden designs and I plan to share them all with you here. My disclaimer: I am not pretending to be an expert on anything other than my own garden, nobody knows that better than me. I’ll often sound like I know what I’m talking about, and then again sometimes I’ll sound like I don’t, take it all with a grain of salt. My opinions may offend you; if that’s the case feel free to let me know. I love comments, both the good and the bad, but if you’re a spammer I’ll delete you, so don’t bother.