Gardening Websites, Nurseries, BooksDancing Oaks Nursery
Airlie, Oregon. One of my favorite nurseries because of their amazing display gardens! It's out in the boondocks, but they have many great ideas and a great selection of unusual and hard to find plants (as well as your basics). So far I've been there in Spring and Fall, but I need to make a Summer trip so if you're going, let me know...
Peoria, Oregon. My favorite nursery because I am stingy, and they have the BEST prices. Their labeling system has gotten better over the last few years, but you'll still need to know what you're looking for or be willing to ask. All of the staff I've talked to are very knowledgeable and helpful. When Mr. Gindhardt is at the cash register his farewell is most often, "See you next week." And he does! They also have an amazing selection of tomatoes including my favorite, Amish Paste.
Carrots Love Tomatoes and Roses Love Garlic: Secrets of Companion Planting for Successful Gardening by Louise Riotte. This book is terrific for garden planning and has a ton of suggestions for combating problems in the garden. My copy is pretty much always on my nightstand. It might get put back on the shelf for a couple months during the winter, maybe.
Sunset Western Garden Book. I don't think you can really call yourself a gardener if you don't own this book. Yep.
David Austin English Roses. If you want to read a blog post where I go on and on about them, go here.
Fabric SourcesThe Rainshed (Albany, OR) They have any notion you would ever need, and more utility fabrics than you knew you needed. If you want to make a waterproof jacket or a tent, they have the supplies and expertise to help you!
Urban Sew Great service and a good selection of quilting cotton. Also, ponte de roma that doesn't pill!
Girl Charlee A fabulous selection of affordable knits. The quality seems to be hit or miss, but the price is perfect for a beginner experimenting with different types of knit fabric.
The Fabric Fairy Another great source for knits and terrific customer service.
Piggy & Dirt Cotton tape perfect for sewing labels. (They have other stuff, too.)
Fabric.com Generous cuts and good prices. Two of the three orders I've received from them have had mistakes so for sure check your yardage, but customer service was quick to fix the mistake. In one of the orders, they were out of the fabric (they sent one instead of the two yards ordered) so they just refunded the money for that fabric and let me keep it.