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Water like Goldilocks

Think about Goldilocks and the Three Bears when you water your lawn and garden. Too little water and too much water are both bad for your plants. Water like Goldilocks: just right. Too little water Drought stress has a number of harmful impacts on garden plants. Lawns A lawn that experiences drought stress will become […]

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Spring Celebration in the Woodland

My woodland garden has three seasons of color with spring and fall being the most vibrant and summer being a cooler oasis of green. Since I rarely venture out into that part of the garden during winter I haven’t included things specifically for winter interest although there are plenty of evergreen conifers, shrubs and perennials.…

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Explore the World of Itoh Peonies

During the months of May and June one of the all-time favorite plants of local gardeners, the peony, is bursting into bloom.  There are many excellent peonies available to utilize in our landscapes; including herbaceous cottage types in all sorts of colors (and varying fragrances) and larger growing tree peonies too.  I would never scold […]

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Happy Mother's Day

As we head into May it is time for an extra special holiday, Mother’s Day – the day we celebrate Moms everywhere.  This day was set aside to honor perhaps the most important person in each of our lives in 1914, after years of…

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CROSS POLLINATOR CORNER: Promoting Careers in Horticulture – Part 1 of 3

Since I began my career as a Landscape Designer over 15 years ago, it has been an ongoing passion of mine to support others in this industry. One way to accomplish this goal is this Cross Pollinator’s Corner in the Gardens ALIVE Design monthly newsletter. These articles also get posted to the Gardens ALIVE Design blog page for use […]

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Resources to help you grow roses successfully

People love roses. But they are notoriously difficult to grow in our western Washington climate. The moist, cool weather in western Washington is ideal for rose diseases such as black spot, rust and powdery mildew. Some of our most popular blog posts over the years have been about how to grow roses. This reflects both […]

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Spring Ideas from RHS Harlow Carr

I’m just back from England where I spent two weeks visiting very special friends. It was wonderful to spend quality time together,  bumbling around my favorite villages and towns, hiking in the Yorkshire Dales, swimming in the Solent, and drinking lots of  ‘proper’ tea. While in Yorkshire my friend Jill suggested an outing to RHS…

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Dazzling Deciduous Azaleas

As we head into the peak spring season and the temperatures continue to rise, more and more of our landscapes are popping with spring color.  Another shrub all gardens should contain is a deciduous Azalea.  Us gardeners have plenty of evergreen options to help with our Azalea and Rhododendron addictions, but a deciduous Azalea specimen […]

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