Growing Citrus

The wonderful fragrance and luxury of citrus in bloom may be exactly what 2021 ordered. When you think of the cool environment of the Pacific Northwest, you don’t necessarily think of it as a place to grow citrus. What may come to mind instead is the sunny terrain of southern California or Florida, where it…

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Home Orchard

By John Christianson   We are fortunate to be able to offer the finest fruit trees in the country, grown right here in the Skagit Valley. The W.S.U. Mount Vernon Research Station has trialed hundreds of fruit tree varieties over the years to suggest the best ripening and disease-resistant types west of the Cascade mountains.…

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2020 Christmas Collection

  The holiday season has arrived and gift-giving has never been easier! Christianson’s Nursery Christmas Collection has plentiful gift ideas that will inspire you to start checking off your “nice list.” Take a look!     Donna Hay’s “Christmas Feasts and Treats” Donna Hay makes Christmas cooking and entertaining so easy, with this must-have collection…

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Rent Mason Bees

We love our friends at RentMasonBees.com so much, we want to spread the pollinator word/ Want to unique gift for an avid gardener?  Send them a gift of Mason Bees! Order now for the holidays and you can print a gift certificate to mail or put under the Christmas tree. Then, in the spring of…

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Holiday Cactus

Schlumbergera truncata: Thanksgiving or Christmas Cactus? Yes, Thanksgiving cactus exist, and yes, they are different from Christmas cactus. If you have a Christmas cactus that blooms in November, it might not be the plant you think it is.  Thanksgiving cactus has broad, flat leaves with pointy or slight serrations on the edges, and bloom from…

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Skagit Valley Harvest Loop

October 23, 2020   Here’s a neat article that connects Skagit Valley’s bountiful harvest of pumpkins, local foods, and autumn leaves by freelance blogger, Steph Forrer. Produced by MagicPNW All the Fall Feels on the Skagit Valley Harvest Loop!  

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Camellias

Camellia sasanqua ‘Pink-A-Boo’  If you have been looking for a perfect shrub for your garden, look no farther than the Camellia. These hardy, low maintenance, evergreen shrubs look wonderful on their own or when paired with a companion plant to help create strikingly beautiful combinations in the garden. The several basic types of Camellias are:…

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Primrose Antiques & Gifts Now on Etsy!

A promise of the unexpected… now on Etsy! Primrose Antiques & Gifts Shop on Etsy opens their Etsy doors so you can now shop hand-curated, hard-to-find, one of a kind items 24-hours a day. Antiques will follow the lead of the European Garden aesthetic that Toni and John Christianson have cultivated over the years at…

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Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off 2020

It’s Official!  The Weigh-Off Continues… As you may already have discovered, this year’s Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival in its traditional form has been canceled. As much as we regret having no community celebrations, we are now taking pre-registration forms from growers to compete in the Weigh-Off (only) and will award the top-winning cash purse…

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Fall is For Planting

As the summer garden begins to wane, there are many things that need buttoning up for the Autumnal months ahead such as harvesting the last of the summer garden vegetables as well as tilling and preparing the soil to plant cold season vegetables including kale, cabbage, lettuce, collards, spinach, carrots, and fava beans. Now is…

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Enjoying the Summer Garden…

Gardeners are an industrious breed. By nature, we are proactive and tend to scan areas in the garden for the next step to take before any guide or handbook advises us to do so such as getting the winter garden planted or pre-ordering seeds and bulbs for Fall.   But, what is equally as important…

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