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Vacation-Resistant Plants

I held my breath as we pulled into our driveway fearing the worst. During our month long absence the local temperatures had been in the high 90’s for extended periods with 80’s the norm and no rain. I had designed our garden for both drought tolerance and deer-resistance but this would truly be a test…

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Best Practices for Growing Japanese Maple Trees at Home

by Nancy Penrose Thinking about growing or planting a Japanese maple in your yard? This guide will show you how to plant, care for, and maintain these beautiful trees. Whether you want to know the best varieties or need tips on watering and pruning, you’ll find everything you need right here. Key Takeaways Japanese maples […]

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Garden Surprises – Fountains, Birdbaths and Garden Art

Something I truly enjoy when strolling through any garden are surprises, simple unexpected treasures that catch my eye and bring a smile to my face.  I come around a corner, or peer down a pathway, or even look behind an old tree and exclaim “Ooooo… and what do we have here?”  These focal points can […]

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Japanese Beetle and Tri-Cities

Japanese Beetles have been found Pasco this year between the Columbia River and I-182. Japanese Beetle is highly destructive to gardens, landscapes, and, most importantly, local agriculture; that is why the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is trying to control and eradicate it from Yakima, Benton, and Franklin counties. They provide treatments with consent […]

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Why appreciate bats?

Some people are afraid of bats, but we think bats are getting a bum rap. They play valuable roles in controlling pests, pollinating flowers and dispersing seeds. And you don’t need to fear them. Bat myths First, let’s dispel some bat myths. “Contrary to some widely held views, bats are not blind and do not […]

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Crape Myrtles In Washington

Speaking as a self-proclaimed “plantaholic” who likes just about all things with foliage, fronds, or needles, one plant I started to salivate over in the 1990’s was Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia sp.).  For us in northern latitudes, these mythical plants were uncommon and were perceived as…

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Hydrangeas = Summer Color!

Gardeners are always on the lookout for shrubs that have an extended bloom time, particularly over the months of summer.  Some of the best choices in our area are Hydrangeas, as these beauties start blooming in June or July and most will…

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Perennials for Pollinators – Episode III

As our journey in the garden progresses into summer, I will continue with even more perennials for pollinators, one last time.  This is episode three after all, and everything seems to work best in the form of a trilogy, right?  In hindsight perhaps I should have…

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