The Garden In August

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturist Hallelujah!  Let the good news ring down from above and echo in all the valleys!  My crepe myrtle is going to bloom this year!  Finally!  After 9 years!  While this may not seem “Hallelujah” worthy to some of you, it is for me and I need to share the…

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The Garden In July

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturist In the words of Shel Silverstein: It’s hot! I can’t get cool, I’ve drunk a quart of lemonade. I think I’ll take my shoes off And sit around in the shade. It’s hot! My back is sticky, The sweat rolls down my chin. I think I’ll take my clothes…

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The Garden In June

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturist I recently received a gift in the form of  Linda Chalker-Scott’s latest book, How Plants Work.  Yeah, I know most of us get the main concept there, but her new book is great because it goes into some very sciencey details as to the how’s and why’s of plants…

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The Garden In May

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist I have become fond of the verse, Earth laughs in flowers.  The verse is taken from several lines in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poem Hamatreya and when the lines are read in its entirety it has a less cheerful meaning than the brief verse signifies. This part of the stanza reads:…

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The Garden In April

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturist Hang on to your hats everyone!  Spring has officially begun and the fever is running high. I realize that it has been feeling like Spring for over a month now, but for me there’s something about April that’s really inspiring. Maybe it’s the chirps and whistles heralding the return of…

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The Garden In March

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist While I was at the Flower and Garden show last month, I came across the coolest seed company. They’re called the Hudson Valley Seed Library out of New York, and they specialize in organic, open pollinated, heirloom vegetable and flower seeds. While all that is very good, the thing…

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The Garden In February

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturist I realize it’s winter, but it doesn’t feel like it. I think I have spring fever, but it’s only February. Our winters are very misleading. There are Crocus and Iris reticulata in full bloom, winking and smiling coyly, whispering sweet nothings to me when I pass by. It’s all I…

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The Garden In January

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you all had a festive and joyous holiday!  I am pretty glad when the holidays are over because it means a gradual return to longer days, even though winter has only just begun.  Despite that fact,  I am really excited to get out…

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The Garden in December

by Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturist There’s not too much to do in the garden in December, which is a good thing because I know we all get so busy with the holidays quickly approaching.  I, however, still haven’t gotten all of my fall clean-up chores done, and now and then I’ll glance out the…

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Rachel’s Plant Picks for Fall & Winter

By Rachel Anderson Certified Professional Horticulturist Do not despair for lack of flowers in your garden at this time of year!  In the Pacific Northwest our mostly temperate climate allows us to grow many plants that bloom in the fall through winter and on into spring.  With careful planning and plant selection, your garden can…

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The Garden In October

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist Somebody flipped the switch.  One day it’s warm and sunny with blue sky as far as the eye can see.  The next day, the sky is filled with broody clouds and a stiff breeze is causing the newly fallen leaves to dryly scuttle across the pavement.  Oh yeah, and…

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The Garden In September

By Rachel Anderson, Certified Professional Horticulturalist Well, the firewood is stacked nice and cozy in the new wood shed, my pantry shelves are lined with all manner of jams and pickles and the garden is winding down after a long season.  I can’t help but look around at all of this abundance and beauty that…

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