Felco Pruners Will Change Your Life

Do you have a tool that you just can’t live without?  Something that’s part of you?  Almost an extension of your body?  For me it’s the felco pruners.  Reading about Felco Pruners, I had to agree with the sales advertising: Felco pruners will change your life:   Yes, they changed my life forever, till death do us part! Felco pruners are world famous:  There’s probably … Continue reading Felco Pruners Will Change Your Life

Pruning Class With Plant Amnesty

This weekend I attended a hands-on pruning workshop sponsored by Plant Amnesty.  It was great!  We met at a community park/garden in Seattle and there was so much to do!  Overgrown shrubs, trees where they didn’t belong, weeds and perennials and invasives, we had it all.  At first it was completely overwhelming, but by the end of the day it was amazing what thirty people … Continue reading Pruning Class With Plant Amnesty

Musa is me

If you knew a natural disaster were sweeping through your garden (fire, earthquake, ice storm)  what three plants would you save, and why?  Would they hold memories of the past?  Hopes for the future?  Could they be a brand new introduction?  Have a sentimental scent?  Rare and expensive?  Robust and vigorous?  All are worthwhile reasons to save a plant.  But what if it’s an ugly … Continue reading Musa is me

Pruning Roses: A short list.

A short primer on pruning hybrid tea and floribunda roses. 1.  Remove dead wood by cutting 1/2 ” below the dead wood.   Dead tissue can spread into living wood. 2. Prune out diseased portions. 3. Remove rootstock suckers. Dig to root and remove from there, not at ground level. 4. Cut above an outward facing bud, at an angle. 5. Remove canes thinner than … Continue reading Pruning Roses: A short list.