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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The 2019 Illahe Rare Bulbs Catalog updated availability

Illahe Rare Bulbs 2019 catalog





Scroll down below for the updated list with the most current availability



SPECIALTY BULB LIST 2019
Greetings,
                Well here we are another year, another bulb list, I made a brilliant career move back to plants full time and it has felt really great. This summer has been unusually humid, so much so that the Crape Myrtle in the driveway had powdery mildew and I’ve never seen that before.  I’m definitely thankful for a more mild summer although I could also do without the humidity.  I’ve noticed that a few of the fall bloomers seem to want to be flowering early, so don’t be surprised if you order a fall bloomer and find it in flower.  As always I owe a huge thank you to Jane McGary for stock and advice and most of all inspiration to keep at this through the years. I’d also like to say a huge thank you to Diana Reeck: her work with Erythroniums the last few years has been inspiring to me as well. Of course thank you to the loyal customers -- without you this wouldn’t be possible.
 I’ll probably be done shipping in 2-3 weeks at the most. I’ll do my best to update the list as stuff sells out. As always, numbers of some stuff are very limited, so order right away if you see something you want.
The Nursery: Illahe Nursery and Garden is located in the South Salem hills of the Central Willamette Valley of Oregon at 600 feet in elevation. The climate here has been described as Mediterranean, although it really is cooler and wetter. Rainfall occurs here primarily between the months of October and May and ranges between 40 and 80 inches. Temperatures in the winter rarely fall below 20 deg. F in the winter, but the last few winters have seen temperatures as low as 9 deg. F inside an unheated greenhouse. Summers are generally dry. The Jory loam soil here is deep and extremely fertile. Agriculture in the immediate vicinity is mostly Christmas tree production, vineyards , nursery and grass seed production.
To see pictures of the bulbs, please visit the Illahe blog at www.illaherarebulbs.blogspot.com,  or try The Random House Book of Bulbs by Martyn Rix and Roger Phillips,  or the highly recommended Pacific Bulb Society website: www.pacificbulbsociety.org.
Size of  bulbs: Bulbs have been selected for large size in hopes of providing flowering in the shortest period possible, but some bulbs are available in smaller sizes and those are noted below. Often newly potted bulbs need a year to settle in before flowering. All bulbs are priced per single bulb, unless otherwise noted.
Hardiness: I’m going to do away with this text section as I have recently delved back into growing some South African and South American species. I’ll really have to put this onto the customer to determine hardiness in the local growing area. I will say that I grow primarily in an unheated greenhouse, in western Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and I have personally seen temperatures here as low as 9 degrees F., although I will bring tender species into an unheated garage that provides a few degrees of protection, and I commonly use frost blankets in the greenhouse.
Domestic customers:
Ordering: Please send a list by email. All orders are filled in the order received, so get your order to me as quickly as possible for the best selection. Send orders to illaherarebulbs@gmail.com
DO NOT FORGET TO TELL ME YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS.
Shipping: I will bill you for Priority Mail postage.
Payment: DO NOT SEND PAYMENT WITH YOUR ORDER. All bulbs are available in limited quantities and you may not receive everything you want. You will be billed with your shipment, with a Paypal invoice,  so you will receive an invoice in the email and I will ship when you have paid. If the money is not deposited within three days of invoicing your bulbs will be returned to the inventory rack.
International Customers:
Ordering: Send your order via email.  All orders are filled in the order received, so get your order to me as quickly as possible for the best selection. Send orders to illaherarebulbs@gmail.com.
Shipping: I will bill you for first class postage, rate will be based on your order size. If you desire a faster postage rate please let me know this, and I will let you know the rate when your order is ready to be shipped.  I will bill you for Phytosanitary certification, which costs $62 per order. Due to inspection/phytosanitary scheduling I can only offer a few weeks of international shipping so please place your order no later than August 30, 2017. Get together with a garden group and do one big order if you are international and that way we can all save money and time! Seriously, it would help me, you, the plant inspector and the postman if we all consolidated a bit.
Payment: International customers will be required to pay by PayPal. Your order will be filled and inspected, you will be sent an email invoice with the PayPal deposit information. When the money is deposited your order will be shipped. If you must cancel an order, please do so promptly. If the money is not deposited within 3 business days, you will be sent a notification email and your bulbs will be returned to the inventory rack. Your bulb order leaves here with Phytosanitary certificate stating that it is free from pests and diseases and therefore not subject to quarantine; however, I do not have any control over the receiving countries’ agricultural inspections, so I cannot offer any guarantee, and the loss should your government hold your bulbs is on you. Please notify me immediately of any issues and I will do what I can.
Remember all bulbs are available in limited quantities, so whether you are domestic or international please realize I sell out of some stuff very quickly, so get your order in as soon as possible. Email is preferred for questions related to bulb purchases.
Please feel free to forward this list to anyone who might be interested.
Thank you,
Mark Akimoff
Illahe Nursery and Gardens
7645 Sunnyside Rd SE
Salem, Or 97306
503-799-2725
send orders to: illaherarebulbs@gmail.com



Bulbs
Allium falcifolium The scythe-leaf onion, with purple flowers and flat laves, California serpentine dweller. $3 Sold out
Allium textile Central United States; clusters of starry white flowers. $2
Allium unifolium ‘Wayne Roderick’ Late spring bloomer with electric lavender pink flowers, named for the famous California bulb man who introduced it into the trade.  $3

Amana edulis China, Korea, Japan. Like a small white Tulip with yellow centers. $2Sold out
Arum dioscoridis Turkey; wonderful but bad-smelling inflorescence, greenish cream heavily spotted with black. Medium, $3
Arum byzantinum Balkans-Turkey; greenish white spathe with some purple. $5

Bellevallia pycnantha Iraq/Iran; deep purple, almost black flowers, formerly Muscari. $3


Biarum marmarisense Turkey; This wonderful little plant makes a terrific show specimen with its dwarf spathes arising from ground level in the fall. $5 Sold out
Biarum davisii Crete; Awesome pinkish-white spathes in the fall. $5Sold out
Biarum tenuifolium ssp. abbreviatum Blackish spathes, flowers late summer. $4
Biarum tenuifolium ssp. zeleborii Crete, Wonderful purple spathes, great in the rock garden. Very rare. $6

Brimeura fastigiata Deep lavender fls; hardy to at least 9 deg. F., for containers under protection from excess rain $4


Brodiaea californica Large lavender fls, early summer, on stems to 30 in. $3 Sold out


Calochortus clavatus ssp. clavatus Brilliant yellow flowered species from Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains. Late bloomer adds length to any bulb collection’s bloom time. $7sold out
Calochortus luteus Coastal grasslands to the Sierra foothills of California, stunning yellow mariposa. $7sold out
Calochortus invenustus Coniferous forest in Central California to the Nevada hills, pale blue-lavender mariposa. $6 Sold out
Calochortus superbus Open grasslands of California’s Central Valley. Beautiful pink, heavily marked in yellow, lavender and white. $7 Sold out
Calochortus vestae California, Large pinkish-white flowers, striking markings, very showy. $7 Sold out
Calochortus obispoensis Endemic to  gravelly and sandy soils often on serpentine in  San Louis Obispo County, CA. Very interesting flowers. $7 Sold out 
Calochortus obispoensis
Calochortus uniflorus Moist meadow dweller from Southern Oregon to Northern California, beautiful  light pink mariposa. $6 Sold out
Chionodoxa ‘Valentines Day’ Blue-Starry shaped flowers, early, Pair with Colchicum hungaricum ‘Valentine’, for a great early show in troughs, pots or rock garden $3

Colchicum

Colchicum autumnale ‘Nancy Lindsay’ large corms, Fall. $4
Colchicum autumnale ‘Rosy Dawn’ large corms, Fall. $4Sold out 
Colchicum autumnale alboplenum ‘White Waterlily’  Huge, double white flowers. large corms, Fall. $7 Sold out
Colchicum atropurpureum ‘Drakes Form’ An old form, known for its sweet, honey and clove scent. $6 Sold out
Colchicum bivonae Sardinia-Turkey, large, tessellated pink flowers, dramatic. $5
Colchicum bivonae

Colchicum bivonae ‘Apollo’ Handsomely tessellated light pink flowers. $5sold out
Colchicum byzantinum A very old hybrid dating back to the 1500s, obviously a stalwart performer through the years to have lasted in cultivation this long. Pink flowers in the Autumn. $6
Colchicum baytopiorum Turkey, small species, great in pots. $5 Sold out
Colchicum davisii Turkey, a relatively new species, described in 1998, lightly checkered beautiful pale pink. $6sold out
Colchicum ‘Glory of Heemstede’ large corms, an old cultivar, with huge pink/lavender goblets. $4 Sold out
Colchicum haynaldii  Macedonia, Beautiful light pink flowers. $4Sold out
Colchicum laetum Southeastern Russia/Caucasus. Large pink flowers with an open form. $4 Sold out
Colchicum pyrenaicum Spain/Portugal, I guess this should be Merendera montana now, or Colchicum montanum, but whatever you call it it’s got wonderful, pink flowers borne in the fall right at soil level. $3
Colchicum psaridis Southern Greece. Smaller species, great for trough or rockery, flowers bloom at the surface in the fall. $5Sold out
Colchicum hungaricum ‘Valentine’ Outstanding February bloomer, larger than type, pink. $3

Colchicum montanum Syn. Merendera montana Spain/Portugal, fall bloomer, flowers set close to the soil surface. Nice for troughs/pots/raised beds $4
Colchicum-Fall Starter Mix-This offering is for a mix of 3 large corms propagated from my garden beds. They can be any of a mix of C. autumnale hybrids I grow (look at past catalog offerings), and possibly one of the rarer species, for those seeking value and wanting to start or enhance a collection of autumn blooms. 3/$5.



Crocus


Crocus banaticus. Balkans; once considered its own genus, this Iris-like and unique treasure has some of the most interesting flowers in its group. $6Sold out 
Crocus cartwrightianus ‘Marcel’ Stunning selection by Antoine Hoog, violet-throated, with large stigmata and anthers. $5 Sold out
Crocus cartwrightianus Greece/Crete, probably one of the wild precursors of the fabled saffron crocus, it is a fantastic homegrown substitute for those that like paella. $4
Crocus kosaninii Serbia; lilac fls. $4
Crocus kosaninii
Crocus kotschyanus fall; a good performer year to year; if you want a tidy autumn bloomer for the rock garden this is a good one. $3
Crocus mathewii To quote Janis Ruksans, “among the showiest and most desirable plants of every Crocus collection”. Fall-blooming, discovered as recently as 1992 in the Lycian Taurus Mts. of southern Turkey. $8sold out
Crocus scepusiensis Spring. Lavender. Sometimes considered a form of C. vernus. $3
Crocus thomasii A fantastic fall blooming sativus type, strong saffron fragrance and a great increaser. Adriatic coastal species. $5 Sold out
Crocus tournefortii Grecian species with lovely lilac, yellow throated fall blooming flowers. Interestingly one of only three crocus species to keep its flowers open at night, presumably because of a night-flying or crawling pollinator. $6
Crocus x leonidii ‘Early Gold’ reticulatus x angustifolius hybrid with brilliant yellow flowers usually opening in February for me. Great in the rock garden. $3

'Early Gold'

Cypella herbertii Interesting irid species from South America, with a long summer bloom period. These are in growth, so I’ll cut them back and bareroot them. Up to you If you want to dry them down or force them back into growth, for me they bloom all the way up to frost and get overwintered in the shop in sawdust. $8Sold out



Dichelostemma multiflorum Tight heads of purple-blue flowers on long stems, late spring. $3


  Erythronium Cascade Sunset Strain
Over 20 years ago, Oregon plant breeder Walter Blom created some truly unique Erythronium hybrids.  He kept only the best, selecting for multiple flowers, vigor, and good increasing qualities.  Renowned Plantswoman Diana Reeck has been sorting through them and  this is the first group of his hybrids she has released as Erythronium  Cascade Sunset Strain formerly Pacific Sunset.  There are about 8 separate clones in this strain, and they may differ slightly in size or intensity of color, but all have lovely pink flowers with a delicate stain of green at the base, with silvery veined leaves.  This is the hottest new Erythronium to come out in a long time and with how fast it increases you won’t be disappointed at all. $7 each or 3 for $18

Cascade Sunset Strain


Erythronium ‘Jeannine’ Large sulphur yellow flowers on this vigorous hybrid, said to be a cross of E. californicum ‘White Beauty’ and E. tuolumnense, vigorous at clumping as well. $8sold out



Fritillaria

Fritillaria acmopetala ‘Dark Form’ Eastern Med; $6

Fritillaria acmopetala light form not for sale this year but put it here for comparison to the offering I have below
Fritillaria acmopetala 'Dark Form'

Fritillaria agrestis
California, Greenish, stinky bells pollinated by flies and other carrion seekers, $5

Fritillaria affinis My open garden form, dark bells fast increaser, great naturalizer in the open garden. $5Sold out
Fritillaria affinis Vancouver island form, the dragons toothed form I call it because of the nice rippling on the edges of the flowers, a more greenish form. $5
Fritillaria affinis Nicasio Reservoir, The Wayne Roderick collection that I have been selling as F. affinis var. tristulis the triploid, although the F. icones data base does away with that name, until the monograph is out, it’s the one with the awesome yellow and brown bells and it’s a stout, tall handsome plant. $6 Sold out
Fritillaria amana Turkey, Yellow bells with some brown, a nice tall specimen for the garden. $4
Fritillaria bithynica V. Pilous seed collection from Samos Island, Greece. Dwarf species with dusky yellow green bells. $7 Sold out
Fritillaria crassifolia JJA 17255 From the Archibald catalog: Iran, Kordestan, SW of Daraki (S of Marivan). 2500m. SW-facing limestone slope. #2nd pic (This coll. has to be almost precisely on Wendelbo’s Iranian locality for F. crassifolia subsp. poluninii but this is a big, robust plant about 25cm. $6 Sold out
Fritillaria davisii Greece, Short stems, dark pendent bells, increases well. $4
Fritillaria elwesii Southern Turkey, Beautiful narrow bells with a dusty bloom on the petals. $4
Fritillaria gracilis Balkans; nice checkering in purple and pale yellow.  $5 Sold out
Fritillaria gussichiae From a V. Pilous seed collection in Sandanski, Bulgaria. Allied to Pontica, so a good doer in the garden with lovely green and brown flushed flowers. $5 Sold out
Fritillaria ionica Greek Isles, closely allied to F. pontica but darker brown bells. $4 Sold out
Fritillaria kotschyana Originally from an Archibald collection, in Iran. I’ll have to find the number at some point. Large flowers. $5
Fritillaria latakiensis Syria/Turkery, Reminds me of  F. recurva but with brown/green bells. Very showy. $6
Fritillaria meleagris ssp . burnatii subspecies of the snakeshead fritillary from the Alpine grasslands of Italy and France. $4 Sold out
Fritillaria orientalis Caucasus, checkered pendant bells, easy grower. $4
Fritillaria obliqua Greece, rare; blackish bell flowers, and the bulb that started it all for me, you will blow your gardening friends away with this one when it blooms in Feburary. $8sold out
Fritillaria pontica Tall, pale green broad pendant bells, easy lg. $4
Fritillaria pudica Oregon, lovely, yellow, nodding bells, drought tolerant. $4
Fritillaria pudica

Fritillaria pudica John Day Jane McGary’s Seed collection of this taller, more robust form  along Oregon’s geologically unique John Day River region, a very special place for me as I got to take my old black lab on one last river float adventure down the John Day this summer before she passed away. $4 Sold out
Fritillaria pudica ‘Richard Britten’ Comparatively huge yellow flowers, borne on short, stout stalks, great for troughs, show pots. $7 Sold out
Fritillaria purdyi x biflora Vigorous strain that arose with Jane; these are clones of F2 seedlings, typically will have purdyi-type black-and-white checked flowers on robust biflora-type foliage and stems. $5
Fritillaria purdyi X biflora 

Fritillaria rhodocanakis Greece; this selection was originally from Hoog and labeled Fritillaria rhodocanakis ssp. argolica. Which is a very rare subspecies of an already rare plant, however that ssp. has been disputed and it may be natural variation or hybrid between F. graeca or F. spetsiotica. Beautiful brown and yellow bells. $6
Frtillaria stribrnyi Balkans; Very rare, narrow bells, with a wonderful dusky bloom over an almost platinum purple base. $8
Fritillaria tuntasia From a V. Pilous seed collection on Kithnos Island, Greece. Maybe a subspecies of F. obliqua depending on who you listen to, I wish that monograph would come out. Either way the sinister black bells are enchanting. $6 Sold out


Ferraria I have had a long-running passion for this genus and a few hard winters in the first few years I was at Illahe taught me a hard lesson about hardiness. But I’m back at it again, with a few provisions for winter protection I’ve been building up a stock once again. Maybe the climate change I’m seeing happen will open up the Willamette Valley to production.

Ferraria divaricata ssp. arenosa  A recent taxonomic treatment seems to have lumped this into F. divaricata, but I’ll list it as a I got it. Intense green/brown bizarre iris like flowers. $4

Ferraria schaeferi  The starfish lily, yellow flowers with brown blotching and mottling, sweetly scented. From the winter rainfall region of Namaqualand, South Africa. $4

Ferraria crispa Highly variable species, seed grown corms. Coastal Namaqualand and the Cape of South Africa. $4

Geranium macrostylum ‘Talish Tuberous species collected by Janis Ruksans in the Talish Mountains of Northwest Iran. $4Sold Out
Gladiolus illyricus The hardy European Glad. It’s funny because I work in a historic garden and I’ve been told by a number of old timers that they don’t like Gladiolus because they remind them of funerals. I don’t have that association at all and have always enjoyed them for the summer bloom. $3
 



Iris These aren’t your average bearded here, be very careful with the large fleshy storage roots when potting up. These are for the more advanced grower.

Iris aucheri ‘Indigo’ Deep Indigo blue flowers on this Juno species make it a showstopper. $8Sold Out
Iris bucharica Afghanistan, Wild Form, stunning, yellow and white flowers. $8
Iris graeberiana ‘White Fall’ Scorpiris fron Tajikistan, and Turkestan. Stunning iris for the collector and knowledgeable grower. $9

Iris vicaria x microglossa ‘Marjaneh’ A Dr. Seisums hybrid, with intense blue-violet flowers. $12

'Marjaneh'

 


Ipheion ‘Jessie’ South America. Blue starry blooms, sweetly scented. $2

Psuedomuscari pallens Small species, white to very pale blue flowers, modest increase. $2sold out
Muscari muscarimi For anyone who appreciates fragrant flowers this is a must. The most fragrant of all grape hyacinths. Warm Vanilla scent. $5
 

Narcissus If you are designing a bulb garden to have year around flowers, you must include the genus Narcisuss, some especially the hoop petticoats will bloom on there own at Christmas time and a selection of the listed species below will ensure you have nonstop color through the winter into spring.

 Narcissus cantabricus ssp. foliosus Midwinter, cream-white hoop fls    $3
Narcissus cuatrecasasii V. Pilous seed collection from Sierra de Cazola, Spain. A beautiful Jonquil similar to N. rupicola. Great for the rock garden or pots because of its dwarf stature. $6sold out
Narcissus hispanicus ssp. bujei Spain, bright yellow trumpet, fast increaser and tremendous garden subject. $4 Sold out
Narcissus romieuxii ‘Julia Jane’ Deep yellow widely flared “hoop petticoat” flowers, Very early. $4

Narcissus romieuxii The wild type of above, slightly less refined, but stunning and early. $3
Narcissus obsoletus Fragrant white star flowered, fall bloomer from Israel. $6Sold Out
Narcissus x gracilis a presumed hybrid between N. jonquilla and N. poeticus, you can’t really go wrong with those parents, right? $3
Narcissus wilkommii A deep yellow Jonquilla species with a large corona. $3
Narcissus x odorus Hybrid between N. jonquilla and N. pseudonarcissus  or  perhaps N. hispanicus. Since it has been known in cultivation since 16th century, it is surprising the actual parents aren’t known. $3
 

Notholirion thomsonianum Kashmir/Himalaya. Winter grower. Superb lavender-pink trumpet Fls. $4
Oxalis engleriana from shaded southern slopes along South Africa’s Cape region, pinkish starry flowers. $3
Oxalis hirta South Africa, beautiful starry pink flowers from South Africa’s cape region. $3
Ornithogalum balansae Starry white flowers, with a green racing stripe. Easy. $2

Scilla vincentii late, blue or white, small and refined. $2Sold out
Scilla siberica ssp. taurica Siberian Squill, Bright blue flowers in early spring, great in the rock garden. $3 Sold out


Sternbergia sicula Mediteranean limestone dweller with wonderful yellow fall flowers $5sold out

Sternbergia lutea The indomitable Autumn Daffodil, as it’s sometimes called, is a beautiful fall bloomer with deep yellow flowers. $5

Triteleia peduncularis Tall; big white-and-purple fls on very long pedicels, inflorescence can be a foot across; plant deeply $4

Triteleia ixioides ssp. analina California, Sierra Nevada. Very cool yellow-umbel flowers. $4

Tulipa didieri  Savoy, France. Interesting story on this one, Possibly extinct in the wild, or extremely rare, these Tulips were probably introduced into Europe around the time of the Crusades and naturalized to the point of becoming native, and then wiped out by the development of ski resorts in the mountains. Crimson flowers with a dark center. $7

Tulipa ostrowskiana. Central Asia, my form of this variable species, tends toward the reddish, orange of the spectrum with  small yellow center. $5

Tulipa sosnowskyi Armenia, deep crimson red, good increaser and loves a hot dry summer. $5 Sold out

Watsonia aletroides South Africa, beautiful tall spikes of Red flowers. Fast increaser. $2 Sold out 


Carnivorous Plants: I have to ship these as bareroots in moistened peat or vermiculite, with the pitchers cut back or folded over.  Not sure about the viability of International shipping but I will try if you are willing to pay for it

Darlingtonia californica Oregon’s own unique pitcher plant, the Cobra Lily. This form is incredibly stoloniferous, and has been an easy grower given a cool aquatic root run, these will be shipped in pots. $28.
Sarracenia minor  The Hooded Pitcher from pine savannas, North Carolina to Florida. One of the species capable of growing in slightly drier conditions. $14
Sarracenia leucophylla The White Topped Pitcher plant, from bogs and pine savannas from  Mississippi to Alabama, a stunning bug killer. $14
Sarracenia sp. I think this is S. oreophila, but that is really, really rare……???? From cultivated source material, as are all the offerings except seeds. $25
 



Monday, August 5, 2019

Harvest update


Well despite some obvious setbacks in life the last few weeks, we have managed to start digging up some bulbs. Anya has been busy the last few days and with any luck we will have a good handle on what’s going in the catalog by midweek. If you are one of the followers waiting for first dibs on something I’d say with out a huge vote of confidence that the catalog will be out by the end of the week. Early next week at the latest.


We have definitely dig up a few treasures this year for sure and while it’s been an unusual summer, slightly more mild then the last few and with markedly more humidity. It does seem the autumn bloomers are already throwing up some flowers. I had planned to go light on the fall bloomers but have run across some that are excess so expect to see some flowers in the bags if you order from the late summer/fall blooming group.

Cheers,

Mark

Friday, August 2, 2019

The Hardest Goodbye

The only flowers this blog entry contain are the ones that were laid on my sweet pup's grave this week. The Catalog is coming, I expect it to be out in the next week or so so stay tuned. This is a Eulogy. 




The Keta Years, 2009-2019.

I’ve come to realize that life is pretty much just a repeating series of loving something until it’s gone from your life forever. I got to love  this little leaky, stinky black lab for a good run and  take some solace in the fact that she had one hell of an adventurous life. Not all that many dogs have been 5 miles off the Pacific Ocean in a dory boat, 8,000’ up in the cascades to chase cross country skiers, run the Deschutes river from Mack’s Canyon to the mouth 4 Times, or drifted and motored over 200 miles on the John Day River, swam in the Rivers of olympic national park and navigated the Santiam and willamette in a Jet sled. She was lucky to live an unchained life in a nursery filled with flowers and she always knew when the sugar snap peas and raspberries were ready for harvest as I’d catch her grazing around the farm. She was a present under the Christmas tree to my then 6 year old daughter who has now grown into a woman. She spent some of her later years trying to catch camas pocket gophers in the Cherry Orchard, a feat that she was never really successful at, but I always appreciated her effort and when the cat would actually get one, it was Keta who would steal it and bring it to me. She had a way of getting on people’s nerves, especially on a beach filled with sticks as I don’t think anything in life brought her more joy then a well flung stick and a long swim to retrieve it and she would force you to throw the stick. But mostly she was always there for me, tail wagging at the end of a long day, ready to jump in the bed of the pickup for a trip to the swimming hole or just lay in the shade on the patio while I strummed a guitar. I’m so thankful for that one last run down the John Day with her in Project Mayhem, and I could tell the end was coming soon when she couldn’t jump up on the cooler or fly over the gunwale like I’d seen her do million times before. I guess I thought she was gonna stay that perpetual puppy she was at heart forever and I didn’t realize 10 years had gone by in the blink of an eye. And while life may be just that endless repeating cycle of loving something until it’s gone, I think it’s dogs that teach us what loving really means. Love is unconditional and endless for a dog and while she may have been small for a lab, her heart was definitely two sizes too big. Love you Keta, aka stanky, aka little bits, aka bitty dog. Thanks for all the adventures and memories, say hello to Skip, Scooter and Lola for me.  










Goodbye Little Bits you were such a good friend.