Solitary, hardworking mason bee a Northwest native, all right

Did You Know… By Erik Lacitis Seattle Times staff reporter If there ever was a Pacific Northwest native that is the personification of this region, it is this tiny, overlooked creature. Let’s give the unheralded mason bee its due. Yes, the mason bee, a bug that maybe you kinda, sorta have heard of.  This is…

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Condition Your Lilacs for Lasting Beauty

So many gardeners enjoy cutting plants from their garden to use in bouquets and floral arrangements.  This time of the year, lilacs and other woody stemmed plants offer color and fragrance for a relatively short time.  How do you extend the life of your freshly woody plant material?  Condition properly with this tried and true…

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Rhubarb Butter-Yum!

Harvesting rhubarb creates a reason to cook, bake and preserve. Not too often do we share a recipe but when a really good one comes along, like a friend, we share! “Rhubarb Butter” is simple and takes relatively little time. This tart and sweet ruby-colored spread can be used on crusty French bread in the…

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What are your Mason Bees doing right now?

It feels like spring has finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest and mason bees are starting to fly. Thanks for all of our customers for participating in the Rent Mason Bees program!  Now is a great time to check your Mason Bee house to see what activity is happening.  Concerned there is no activity?  Keep…

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April inside Primrose Antique & Gifts

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”  – Leo Tolstoy   As we turn the calendar to April, it feels like a switch has flipped. The air is filled with birdsong and sweet fragrances, the Skagit Valley tulip fields are bursting into color, and our gardens are coming to life. It’s a time of…

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Skagit Valley’s Tulip Season Arrives!

A tulip update from RoozenGaarde, the largest flower bulb grower in North America: “A few early tulip blooms are now in bud and we expect to see them showing some color very soon. Cool weather is in the forecast, so their bloom could be another week away – but we do expect some color as…

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The best bare root selection of the year is now 20% off already low prices! Choose from fruit, flowering and shade trees, berries, lilacs and hydrangeas!   “Farmers Hope New ‘Cosmic Crisp’ Will Be America’s Next Top Apple” Move over, Honeycrisp and Red Delicious: Farmers have a new apple they hope will be the next…

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Garden Planning Guides 2018

It must be January.  Stacks of seed catalogs clutter the kitchen table along with new seed packets from the Nursery.  All of them needing consideration for when to be planted.  With so many choices, it can still be somewhat overwhelming. Thankfully, there are two no-fail resources I consider for my garden planning year after year: …

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It’s Bare Root Season!

January through March is bare root season at Christianson’s and that means it’s time to save on the plants you plan on adding to your garden this year. Many plants (fruit, flowering and shade trees) are available as bare root selections. After dormant plants are dug up, growers wash the soil off the roots and…

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Our Carefully Cultivated 2018 Rose List is Here!

Have you been thinking about which roses you will add to the garden next spring? We have and encourage you to start planning! Our rose buyer, Nancy Stewart, is already mapping out hundreds of roses to bring in for the winter of 2018. “We are making a strong effort to carry the range and depth…

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