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5 Weeds 5 Ways

As you prepare your beds for spring planting, you may find yourself yanking out a whole lot of green stuff. From dandelions to shot-weed, uninvited guests proliferate in our gardens before we have even finished sketching out our garden plans. These hardy wild plants earn their unsavory reputations as “weeds” because they tend to shoulder… […]

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Indoor Plants & Pets

You may have heard that indoor plants and pets don’t mix. Depending on what you’ve been reading, you might even have given up on the whole idea of house plants for fear of poisoning your fur-babies. While we definitely believe in being cautious about toxic plants, we’d like to offer a more optimistic perspective. Keep… […]

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Soil Acidity in the PNW

Have you heard that you need to “sweeten” your soil, that you should check your soil pH, or that your soil might be too acidic? Many gardeners have heard about soil acidity or soil pH, but not many of us really understand what it means. It’s an important topic. No matter what else you do,… […]

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New Rose Varieties 2021

For years, Sky Nursery has offered our customers hundreds of varieties of pre-potted roses, available by early February. Sky has one of the largest rose fields in the Seattle-area, and our knowledgeable staff is here to help you select the perfect varieties for your garden. Every year, we bring in a few new varieties to… […]

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Squirrels: Garden Friend or Foe?

Squirrels: adorable backyard wildlife, or pesky garden pest? It’s a hot debate in some gardening circles, and consensus may not come anytime soon. In polls, squirrels top lists of everyone’s favorite urban wildlife… and they also top lists of the most annoying pests. But whether you view squirrels as fluffy friends, problem pests, or admirable… […]

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Why Botanical Names Matter

Have you tangled with botanical names yet in your gardening adventures? Chances are that you have, even if you weren’t aware of it at the time! Whether you’ve planted a Hydrangea, Petunia, or Hosta, you’ve at least brushed shoulders with the world of botanical names. Some gardeners are passionate about botanical names. Others see them… […]

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Tillandsia: The Amazing Easy-Care Air Plant

Tillandsias are enjoying a well-deserved surge in popularity lately, but there are still many indoor gardeners who have yet to give this easy, fun, and rewarding houseplant a try. Also known as “air plants,” tillandsias are unique in that they don’t require soil. This makes them extremely versatile indoor plants, and enthusiasts delight in finding… […]

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Plant Parenting 101: Three Things to Know Before Buying Your First Houseplant

This Moon Valley Pilea plant is fast growing, hard to kill & offers unique & eye catching textural leaves. You’ve thought about it, you’ve dreamed about it, you’ve doodled about it. And now you know it in your heart — you’re ready to become a plant parent. That’s awesome. We fully support your life goals.… […]

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Poinsettias: A Little History & A Lot of Tips

There’s no question that people love poinsettias. At Sky alone, we sell over a thousand poinsettias every winter. But for all their popularity, poinsettias remain deeply — and some might even say tragically — misunderstood. We’d like to lay some myths to rest, help you get to know your botanical holiday guests a little better,… […]

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