Rose Care for Health

Roses are easy to grow, long-lived, and remarkably tolerant. With  a little extra care and attention the more healthy and disease resistant your roses will be.     When planting roses, make sure you place them in a sunny spot that gets a minimum of four hours sun and space them about 3-4 feet away…

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Cut Flowers in June

    It is a joy to pick whatever is in bloom and bring inside. June is an exciting month because so much is growing and blooming, and it seems the choices in creating a fresh cut bouquet are only limited by what grows in or around your garden.   Adding more variety to June-blooming…

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2018 Tri-Valley Rose Society Winners

Congratulations to the award-winning gardeners who were chosen by a community vote in the Tri-Valley Rose Society display for the best in the following categories: Best In Show: ‘Fragrant Plum’ by Chris Eubanks Best Fragrance: ‘Larks Ascending’ by Donna Smith Best Miniature Rose: ‘You’re the One’, by Larry Sawyer Best Climber & Rambler Rose: ‘Cloud…

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Natural bridal inspiration

Natural bridal inspiration in botanical gardens Washington Bridal Inspiration & Wedding Inspiration By Magnolia Rouge “We are smitten with the clean fresh feeling of this shoot by HEATHER PAYNE and Erin from FLORET that we featured in Issue 14 of MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE. Captured at CHRISTIANSON’S NURSERY in Mount Vernon, Washington, it features the most…

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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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