Lavender Poems & Prose

  Image by Evan Smith   During summer, we set up a small table either inside the Garden Store or Primrose Antiques and place atop it fresh bunches of cut lavender into a basket with a sign that states: “Take A Bunch of Lavender, Leave a Poem.”  Today, we gathered up a stack of poems…

A Granary Sale!

  A Granary Sale at Christianson’s Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is one not to miss!  Avid antique and vintage collectors, John and Toni Christianson open their Granary to reveal a Pandora’s Box of antiques and vintage items for a first-ever Granary Sale.  Moved from the neighboring Johnson’s farm…

18 Deer Resistant Shrubs by Monrovia

  Not this year, deer. With their natural habitats shrinking, deer are becoming a way of life in many residential neighborhoods across the country. One of the best ways to mitigate the damage these herbivores do to herbaceous (and evergreen) plants is to select ones that are not on their preferred menu. Fortunately, there are…

Historical Images at the Vinery

The Vinery Open House Sunday, May 30, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   We are hosting the Vinery’s Open House on Sunday, May 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Attend the public opening of the Vinery and the first day of our new ‘Skagit Valley Farmers’ Market at Christianson’s’. Please come for one, come…

Mother’s Day

Do you notice the hands of the maternal figure in your life? The chances are they often hold bouquets of flowers, caress cheeks, wipe tears, tie the shoes of little feet, and hold and kiss knees and elbows. They make art. They work machinery, high-five, pinky-promise, give encouraging gestures, shake hellos, and wave goodbyes. They…

Keep Palm and Carry On

Bringing the tropics up north! If you see a large palm tree in the Skagit Valley, it is most likely a Trachycarpus fortunei or Chinese Windmill palm tree. A hardy evergreen species from the Arecaceae family, it is native to parts of China and regarded as drought tolerant, cold hardy, and disease-resistant. The best part?…

Time to Pollinate!

RentMasonBees.com Mason Bees are amazing pollinators and kids love to watch these friendly non-stinging bees work. Learn about three main varieties of solitary bees and how you can help support them and all pollinators by keeping a bee-friendly environment that your kids will love helping with! We welcome Bee Biologist & Operations Manager at RentMasonBees.com, Morgan…

38th Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 1 – 30, 2021 Bloom updates (according to Mother Nature) found at Tulips.com We are welcoming spring and the fabulous rainbow of tulip color this year!  Last year, the daffodils and tulips still bloomed despite COVID-19 and we move forward this year with a little more awareness regarding our current Phase 2. To have…

Starting a Veggie Garden

It’s exhilarating to be outdoors gardening again! Were you one of the many new gardeners or gardening families that got your hands in the dirt last year to raise homegrown vegetables? If you’re like the rest of us who got “bitten by the bug,” you’ve been making decisions throughout winter on which varieties of cool…