10 Steps to Winterize Your Garden

10 Steps to Winterizing Your Garden We’ve entered the blustery wet month of November. I don’t know about you, but I always feel energized and uplifted when the wind is blowing, and the leaves are flying like spinning dervishes all around. As I follow the leaves, they lead me to consider the following steps to…

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Christianson’s Homemade Molasses Cookie Recipe

1  1/3 cup butter 2 cups sugar 2 eggs 1/2 cup molasses (dark) 4 cups flour 4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt 2 tsps cinnamon 2 tsps ginger Beat butter until soft and add sugar; add one egg at a time, then molasses.  Combine all dry ingredients together and sift.  Add several tablespoons at…

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Holidays and Paper Whites

Paper whites are a popular indoor plant for winter and the holiday season.  It’s festive to see a vase or basket of paper whites on display at a people’s houses when little other is blooming. Paper whites (Narcissus papyraceus, a sub-species of Narcissus tazetta) are a member of the same family as daffodils, and resemble…

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November 2017

Holiday Open House and Art’s Alive! Friday, November 3, 5 – 8 pm Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, 10 am – 4 pm   Friday Evening, November 3 5:00 p.m. – 8 :00 p.m. This November weekend has become a popular highlight of Skagit Valley’s holiday season. To celebrate the beginning of the…

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The Results Are In for 2017 !

  The Results Are In for 2017 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off!   What a spectacular participation and weigh-off event at the Nursery last Saturday!  Congratulations to the winners (listed below) for growing the biggest giant pumpkins to ever be entered into the weigh-off! First place winner and new record holder, Mr. Jim Sherwood with a 1,702-pound…

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Gorgeous Plant Combinations for Fall Gardens

Fall is the best time to choose plants for their brilliant autumn foliage-as well as planting trees, shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses.  Sun-loving Japanese Maples steal the show in fall as their changing of colors range from apple green to dark crimson.  There are many varieties to choose from and now is an excellent time…

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Tomorrow is the 2017 Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival!

John Christianson talks about the upcoming fun tomorrow at the 2017 Skagit Valley Pumpkin Festival! Click here to watch! Please note event times listed below: 9 am – noon: (entry deadline-noon) Entrants register for the Giant Weigh-Off categories and Amateur Pumpkin-Carving Contest 9 am – 3 pm: The Scone Lady & Stompin Grounds Coffee 11:00…

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Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival 2017

        Saturday, September 30     Christianson’s Nursery is partnering with Pacific Northwest Giant Pumpkin Growers (PNWGPG) to host the 7th Annual Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off with over $2,000 in prizes! * Amateur Pumpkin Carving Contest * Pumpkin Doodling* Harvest Food * Pony Rides with Lang’s Traveling…

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Don’t count your giant pumpkins until they’re harvested

By Ciscoe Morris Special to The Seattle Times I’LL NEVER FORGET the year I challenged my co-workers at Seattle University to a pumpkin-growing contest. The prize for the biggest pumpkin was a stash of extra-large peanut butter/chocolate chip cookies, one from each losing contestant. The pumpkin I grew turned into a real honker, probably weighing…

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Trees, Shrubs & Grasses for Fall Color

A great, reliable tree that makes an extra strong statement in fall, Red Maple (Acer rubrum varieties) offers gorgeous red, orange, or yellow end-of-the-season leaves.  But Autumn color shouldn’t be limited to Fall Maples. Perennials offer unusual appeal in the garden and bring color to your landscape on a small scale without using specimen trees.…

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My Hubby, the Fashion Icon

The women in our family always have fun teasing John about his fashion sense. I knew there was a problem when I first met him but it was part of his charm. The charm being, he is too busy enjoying his life to care about his clothes. That enthusiasm for life was very attractive to…

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