Monday, April 20, 2009

It felt like springtime, so I start a new blog!!

I welcome you all to my new blog!

To those who don't know me, my name is Rizaniño "Riz" Reyes. I'm 26 years old and live in Shoreline, WA USA (just north of Seattle). Plants and horticulture are my passion and I'm blessed to be living in a remarkable climate that calls for an amazing diversity of plant species to be utilized from all over the world. I'm surrounded by the most avid, most generous and encouraging community of gardeners one could ever ask for and there's ALWAYS something happening in Pacific Northwest horticulture. So, here's my opportunity to share my knowledge, my experiences, and share with you the never-ending output of new information I'm constantly being fed.

With the demise of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, where I still blog on a limited basis, and the lack of motivation to actually have "a voice" on the internet, I was inspired to start on a clean slate with a far more driven approach to sharing what I do. I need to have an outlet to simply voice my thoughts and opinions and not get so caught up on mentioning every single event because I get requests to promote something or get too caught up on what people want/need to read about. It's a personal choice to read online journals and blogging is so incredibly time consuming. I'm sorry, but I just can't please everyone. Trying to do so in the past has almost lead me to throw in the towel. However, I'm not giving up on this!

Time, oh how times flies especially when you're not making money.

I don't want to be depressed during this recession and uncertain economic climate, but all the signs are there. I'm worried about the status of my job as the Soest Perennial Display Gardener at the UW Botanic Garden's Center for Urban Horticulture and I'm really not certain about whether or not people are going to want buy plants and/or generate ideas to have work done in their gardens.

What I am certain of is my love for what I do. Even during the worst of times, working with plants and flowers has always brought out the best in me and I'm able to look at life in a new and refreshing light seeing nature work her magic as each season progresses. I hope there are people out there that can relate. I know you're out there *wink*.

I hope you visit often as I will try my best to update this at least every week. I'm hoping to post many photos, like I usually do, but I'd like to start incorporating videos as well (currently saving up for a new laptop and camera). Being a very visual person, I feel like more readers are compelled to read what you have to say if you have a compelling visual that accompanies it.

Visit my website: and learn more about me and what I do.

Today was absolutely beautiful with the sun out and people, in general, in a happier mood. Can't ask for too much more right now. hehe Actually, I can, but I won't...I won't. LOL

Again, welcome and thank you for your continued interests.



  1. Congratulations on your new blog, it's been bookmarked! Recession or not, spring is here, and I suspect (or hope?) us plant addicts will continue buying plants like we've done before.

  2. Hey hey fellow next generation gardener! How's spring up in your parts? Thanks for the congrats. I hope you find this blog interesting; please comment, make suggestions, remarks, etc, as I know you have thoughts to contribute!



  3. Spring's early for once, Paeonia mairei has just started flowering a week or two before schedule. Some pics here:

    I'll make sure to chime in when I have something to say, at the moment I'm quite envious of you finding so many amazing Hellebores at the big box stores. Heck, we can't even find that selection at our "well stocked" nurseries!


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