My Favorite Houseplants

Reality check!  The days are getting shorter, our yards are getting wetter and while our desire to continue to work with plants may not be diminishing, the joy of working out in the garden is fading.  The obvious solution is to move inside the house… we might as well improve that time by surrounding ourselves with plants that will generate oxygen, filter our air, and generally make us happier….

The "Minor Bulbs" of Spring

For most gardeners, when we talk about spring-blooming bulbs our minds go to the fields of tulips and daffodils we can see just north of us in the Mt Vernon area in the months of March and April. Where ever your memories come from, for the most part they probably encompass drifts of the major hitters like tulips and daffodils or maybe hyacinths.  While these are wonderful flowers to plant in our yards, I am here to tell you that there are dozens of bulbs that bloom way before these standard classics that gardeners need to educate themselves about and incorporate into their gardens.  Here are just a few to sink your teeth into…

My October To-Do List

I don’t know about you guys, but I can hardly believe that it is October already.  With all this climate change I am beginning to think that maybe October will be my favorite fall month.  I read somewhere that our rains are coming later and ending earlier, even though the total rainfall is about the same.  What this means is that not as much rain gets to soak into the soil, so our summers are getting drier.  Making our soils more absorbent by continuing to apply layers of compost will help mitigate this phenomenon.  Here are some other activities for the month that will also improve our gardens…  

Berries For Fall

One of the treats of a fall garden is enjoying the sight of clusters of different colored berries on our shrubbery.  In my own backyard is a delightful Beautyberry, called ‘Profusion’, that has the most incredible purple berries later in fall.  The shrub itself is nondescript, but when the berries arrive in the fall I immediately remember why I have allocated so much space for it to grow.  The same can be said about a lot of shrubs that can be boring as hell during the growing season, but then suddenly strut their stuff in the fall and early winter.  Here are three that do the trick for me…

Fall Blooming Bulbs That Jazz Up Our Gardens

It has always puzzled me that there are plants that bloom in the fall, or stranger yet, in the winter.  It seems so out of sync with the rhythms of nature, but hey, while I may not understand the “grand plan”, I am sure as heck going to take advantage of these little beauties and enjoy them in my garden.  Here are three bulbs that bloom this time of year and can usually only be found and planted in the fall…

My September To-Do List

September is a glorious month in the northwest - the days are warm, the nights cool, the shadows long, and the lawns are coming alive again after their dry summer slumber.  The garden wakes back up for about 6 to 8 weeks before it shuts down for the winter and it is an excellent time to get some serious gardening done.  Here are some suggestions on how to best spend your time…