To clean or not to clean, that is the question. How often do we have the luxury of any doubt in the cleaning department? When it comes to the Fall garden it really amounts to personal preference. As buckets of leaves fall, perennials die back, and annuals die and sow seed the garden obviously takes [...]
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Yesterday I had the good fortune to take my friend, Kathy Hubenet, along with me on the 2100 Seattle Central Area Garden Tour.
It was very inspiring to see the great work that Seattle gardeners are doing in producing eclectic, sustainable, creative and unpretentious gardens. In those elements there is a constant band of beauty wove, [...]
This time of year we humans tend to be thrilled by the increasingly frequent warm, dry days and put off by what seems and endless succession of rainy days.
Your garden, especially if newly planted, sees thing differently.
It most likely thinks its about to slow down its most verdant growth to conserve moisture in the face [...]
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January in Seattle has brought strangely spring-like weather to our gardens, as sometimes happens in the Pacific Northwest. To me the great harbinger of this pattern is the blooming of my Chiomonanthus praecox, or Wintersweet as it is usually called.
Its waxy, translucent, butter-yellow flowers are some of the first of the [...]