Blackberry Trellis

Definition of a weed: any undesirable or troublesome plant, especially one that grows profusely where it is not wanted.  Most people would think that Himalayan Blackberry would fit into this category.  And usually they would be right.  It grows all over Western Washington, forming dense, impenetrable thickets, with canes that reach 10-20 feet long.  It was these long canes I was considering as I pondered my new raised vegetable beds.  I needed a support for my peas, for my beans, … Continue reading Blackberry Trellis

Dan Hinkley’s Top 25 Plants

Last week at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show there were some amazing seminars and Dan Hinkley was one of the best.  He presented this list of his top 25 plants, or the plants he will always have in his garden.  I’m excited about these plants, especially my favorite, the Dove Tree!  Check out some old favorites from the Pacific Northwest as well as the … Continue reading Dan Hinkley’s Top 25 Plants

Building the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Today some students from our school (LWIT)  helped build the display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.  It was fascinating to see the gardens created from the ground up as 15 foot bamboo and mature trees and massive stumps and boulders were brought in and carefully placed.  Today was a day of building.  Walls, patios and ponds were constructed. Yards and yards of … Continue reading Building the Northwest Flower and Garden Show

Is Your Frozen Shrub Dead?

This is article, written by Cass Turnbull of Plant Amnesty, has some great information about winter injury on shrubs. A Word about Our Cold Spell from Cass Turnbull…   After suffering through an extraordinary cold spell here in Western Washington, many garden owners will want to know what to do about the damage to many not-completely-hardy shrubs.  The leaves of broadleaf evergreens commonly turn brown … Continue reading Is Your Frozen Shrub Dead?

Fantastic Flowers for the August Garden

As we head into late summer in the garden we begin to see a slow transition.  Gone are the dewy daffodils, the misty meadows, the bright spring show of giddy annuals.  Arriving is the dry earth, the baking sun and the crowded garden where annuals get pushed out and perennials take center stage.  If your petunias are petering out or your geraniums have been dead-headed … Continue reading Fantastic Flowers for the August Garden