A Sure Sign of Spring – Geraniums

Geraniums are here, which signals warm weather plants are starting to arrive in earnest. It’s still too early to put them outside, though. Go by the weather, not the calendar, and be sure to wait until the evening temperatures are 50 degrees or so.  Geraniums, or more specifically pelargoniums, deliver the Big Color in sunny…

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Welcoming the Annual Season

  The spring peepers are singing, the robins are here. It can only mean one thing – our lovely Pacific Northwest spring is here! With it comes the arrival of the irresistible Pansies and Primroses, announcing the start of the Annual season. Our lowest priced annuals, as well as our most versatile and reliable in…

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Bare Root Season at Christianson’s

Now through the end of March is the best time to buy fruiting, flowering, or shade trees and shrubs in bare root. What does purchasing bare root look like? In our south field, near the 1888 Meadow Schoolhouse, we have row after row of ornamental trees and shrubs, as well as fruiting trees and shrubs…

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Happy Rose New Year! A Note from Nancy Stewart

  Happy Rose New Year to all! The 2021 season was exceptional, despite the challenges of the pandemic. Thanks to you, every category did well. The good news: roses remain highly popular. On-line sales and demand, in general, have made it difficult for growers to fill all orders. 2022 will have similar issues. That said,…

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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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Think Spring Blooming Bulbs This Fall

“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.” — Jessica Harrelson Fall is the best time to shop for and plant your Spring blooming bulbs. Our Garden Store is overflowing with varieties of Tulips, Daffodils, Crocus, Allium, Iris, and Snowdrops and these Fall bulbs should be planted as soon as the ground…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Skagit Valley Farmers Market & The Vinery’s Open House

The Vinery Open House & Skagit Valley Farmers Market Sunday, May 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   So many have been asking about the large structure across the north field from the Nursery. Because this picturesque structure was once a stationary pea vining site from the 1940s to the 1960s, we named it…

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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?…

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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…

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