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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…