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CROSS POLLINATOR CORNER: Brent & Becky’s Bulbs

Galanthus elwesii     It is TOO HOT outside for gardening right now so use this time for ordering spring bulbs! Before supplies run out, NOW is the time to place your order with Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. Not only are Brent & Becky’s Bulbs extremely reputable suppliers but they also send the bulbs to […]

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Pest Damage ID Part 1: Who’s chewing holes in my leaves?

If you garden long enough, sooner or later some pest is going to break your heart. Maybe your freshly emerged seedlings will be mowed down to the ground, your favorite flowers will emerge twisted and discolored, or you’ll find an entire shrub defoliated in a matter of days. There are many wonderful and rewarding things… […]

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Gardening and climate change

The mind-boggling heat over the last few days has many people thinking hard about climate change. Here is a headline from last Friday’s Seattle Times: “‘Jaw-dropping’ forecast is warning sign of climate change’s future impact in Washington, scientists say.” The region has warmed nearly two degrees since 1900. “Now, when you have heat waves, when […]

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Hardy Fuchsias Are A Blooming Machine!

Fuchsias! What does that name conger up for you? When I usually think of fuchsias, I visualize a beautiful hanging basket dripping with delicately formed blossoms of pinks, reds, purples and whites…

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Celebrate Pollinator Week

Pollinators are critical to our food supply and natural resources. Pollinator Week is an annual celebration of these animals and insects. When we think of pollinators, we often think of bees. And yes, bees are the most important pollinator. But pollinators also include animals such as birds, bats and small mammals. Most pollinators (more than… […]

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Bee Or Not a Bee? A Guide to Flying Garden Friends

  Gardeners know how important bees are to our gardens and our planet, and most of us welcome the ones we recognize. But for all their popularity, bees remain misunderstood. Many people don’t realize just how diverse bees really are. Even many avowed bee-enthusiasts may only picture the classic black and yellow honey bees when… […]

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Connecting Garden Beds with Color

We all have areas in our garden that pose a significant design challenge. Such is the case with this bijou bed adjacent to our main patio. It is seen from the kitchen windows year-round yet is part of a 5-acre landscape with much larger sweeping borders. Measuring approximately 12 feet square with a central container…

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Shrubs with Beautiful Summer Flowers and Foliage

Many shrubs bloom in spring and there are lots of choices for gorgeous fall foliage but it can be harder to find the right stand-out shrub to highlight your garden in the summer months, especially if you are trying to complement colorful summer perennial or annual flowers. Here are a few of our favorites for […]

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4 New Fabulous Ninebarks To Brighten Up The Garden

Ninebarks are deciduous shrubs native to North America that possess many redeeming qualities that make them good candidates for our gardens and landscapes. For starters, they are tough as nails and will grow almost anywhere in our northwest gardens…

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