Tag: flowers

Hydrangeas

Hydrangeas — The Classic Flowering Shrubs

Many years ago, your grandma probably grew a hydrangea in her garden, but modern plant breeders have moved beyond simple, white snowballs. These flowering shrubs are becoming popular again, as shown by the many colorful cultivars currently being offered for sale. Once you … read more

The Drainfield and the Rose

The Drainfield and the Rose

Prior to 2011, Sally Eastman, an experienced gardener, had never grown a rose. She said recently, “I think I may have planted Rose One Hundred and One this year.” How and why did she become so bowled over by roses? The story really … read more

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Orchids

Keep Orchids Beautiful and Blooming

Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor décor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids. You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care — once you know what to do. Start with a healthy flowering plant. The phalaenopsis or moth … read more

This autumn garden relies heavily on foliage with flowering cabbages, Agastache rugosa 'Golden Jubilee,' Swiss chard and Lonicera 'Twiggy.' Flowers are Sedum 'Autumn Joy' and Aster 'Daydream.'

Consider the Leaf

"The falling leaves drift by my window. The...

Consider the leaf as the breath of life, for without plant foliage, there would be no life. The most important living components on Earth contain life-giving chlorophyll. Every breath humans take is possible because chlorophyll synthesizes the energy of the sun, water and … read more

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Pink Pride

5 Daffodils to Try in Your Garden

If you love daffodils, you’re likely familiar with the popular ones like the iconic Dutch Master or Yellow River, the easily recognizable Barrett Browning or the beautiful Goblet. Since the Year of the Daffodil will be winding down soon, we wanted to share … read more

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Spotlight on Independent Nurseries

Raft Island Roses in Gig Harbor

What started out as one man’s hobby has grown into a nursery with a reputation for quality plants with reasonable prices. Raft Island Roses had its beginning in 1997 when Frank Gatto, originally from Burien, retired from his first career and began selling … read more

A wilting, newly planted viburnum. New plants can dry out quickly.
Water and Wilting Plants

To Water or Not to Water?

Wilting leaves. Sooner or later, everyone who gardens — from just a single house plant to a grand vegetable patch — will encounter a droopy plant. The remedy is a universally known response: Water the plant. Pour some water on it or set … read more

The Gardens of Sam and Debi Johnson

A Forest for the Grandkids

The Gardens of Sam and Debi Johnson

“We kind of built this whole place around the grandkids,” said Sam Johnson, speaking about the 30 acres of mostly forested land near Kingston that he and his wife, Debi, purchased in 2001. The Johnsons had been living in Edmonds and were both … read more

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