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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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Spreading Fertilizer

One Simple Step Can Improve the Health and Vigor of Your Lawn

Do just one thing this fall, and you can improve the health and vigor of your lawn. Fall fertilization helps lawns recover from the stresses of summer and provides needed nutrients to grow deeper roots and a denser stand of grass. And that … 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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Houseplants

Tips for Buying Houseplants

Editor’s note: This excerpt is adapted from David Squire’s book, “The Houseplant Handbook: Basic Growing Techniques and a Directory of 300 Everyday Houseplants.“ Choosing and buying plants for the home needs care if they are to create spectacular displays that last a long … read more

The beach at Goat Bay
Travel Bug

Accessing the Abel Tasman, New Zealand

New Zealand — a wonderland of jaw-dropping scenery from Milford Sound in the far south to the most northern Bay Islands. Many of its best and indescribably beautiful vistas with some of the most dramatic panoramas can only be found off the beaten … read more

Three-year-old plant
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

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