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I kind of short-changed you all last week with only two suggestions (although they were fabulous ideas in my humble opinion).  Here are a few more to sink your soon-to-be acquired Hori-Hori into…

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Let’s take a break this week from the endless garden chores I am constantly throwing out at you and look at a few cool gift ideas.  This is, after all, the season of giving, so whether you are looking for something for your favorite gardener or just for yourself, here are a few things to thi…

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I think it is fair to say that most of us are not going to be spending a whole lot of time in our gardens this month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still find ways to stay connected to them. Making winter arrangements from the bounty of our yards (or someone else’s, with permission of cours…

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Customers that visit my garden will invariably ask me if I have a favorite plant and my standard (and somewhat flippant) reply is: “They are all my favorites or I wouldn’t have planted them in the first place." In reality, what qualifies as my favorite depends on the time of year — whether i…

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I always like to take a minute this time of year to reflect back on the season and recall some of the things that I am thankful for. The weather is always at the top of the list.

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There is rarely a time in the garden when something doesn’t need pruning, and the month of November is certainly no different.  What is different though is that under no circumstances should we be pruning our shrubs or trees severely this time of year.  Plants that are pruned “hard” in the f…

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It’s that time of year again when gardeners have to decide how they are going to manage their piles of leaves. Over the years I have observed two distinct groups. There is the fastidious camp that is constantly collecting and removing leaves as fast as they fall. Then there is the al natural…

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Reality check!  The days are getting shorter, our yards are getting wetter and while our desire to continue to work with plants may not be diminishing, the joy of working out in the garden is fading.  The obvious solution is to move inside the house or if you are really lucky, into your pers…

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For most gardeners, when we talk about spring-blooming bulbs our minds go to the fields of tulips and daffodils we can see just north of us in the Mt. Vernon area in the months of March and April. Or maybe some of you have journeyed to Canada and the Butchart Gardens and seen their amazing d…

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Keeping our landscapes changing is so critical to keeping our interest in gardening. With change, there’s the anticipation of something new and exciting. With change, our garden compositions take on whole new personalities. And with change, we find opportunities to experience our gardens in …

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I don’t know about you guys, but I can hardly believe that it is October already. With all this climate change I am beginning to think that maybe October will be my favorite fall month. I read somewhere that our rains are coming later and ending earlier, even though the total rainfall is abo…

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It has always puzzled me that there are plants that bloom in the fall, or stranger yet, in the winter. It seems so out of sync with the rhythms of nature, but hey, while I may not understand the “grand plan," I am sure as heck going to take advantage of these little beauties and enjoy them i…

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September is a glorious month in the northwest — the days are warm, the nights cool, the shadows long, and the lawns are coming alive again after their dry summer slumber. The garden wakes back up for about 6 to 8 weeks before it shuts down for the winter and it is an excellent time to get s…

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It always seems a bit odd to me to be talking about fall and winter gardens when we are still very much into late summer, but “fall is in the air” and now is the time to make some changes in our containers and plant some fall veggies while the soils are still warm and conducive to good root …

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Trees are our friends, in more ways than one. There are a multitude of benefits that we receive from trees and it never hurts to remind ourselves just how important trees are to our ecosystem. As we look around the world at the incredible loss of both temperate and tropical forests, it shoul…