Mother’s Day

Do you notice the hands of the maternal figure in your life? The chances are they often hold bouquets of flowers, caress cheeks, wipe tears, tie the shoes of little feet, and hold and kiss knees and elbows. They make art. They work machinery, high-five, pinky-promise, give encouraging gestures, shake hellos, and wave goodbyes. They…

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?…

Starting a Veggie Garden

It’s exhilarating to be outdoors gardening again! Were you one of the many new gardeners or gardening families that got your hands in the dirt last year to raise homegrown vegetables? If you’re like the rest of us who got “bitten by the bug,” you’ve been making decisions throughout winter on which varieties of cool…

38th Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 1 – 30, 2021 Bloom updates (according to Mother Nature) found at TulipFestival.org We are welcoming spring and the fabulous rainbow of tulip color this year!  Last year, the daffodils and tulips still bloomed despite COVID-19 and we move forward this year with a little more awareness regarding our current Phase 2. To have a…

La Conner’s Daffodil Festival

Enjoy the Gardens! They both charge admission, have free parking, and acres of tulips to experience. Tulip Town RoozenGaarde   Enjoy the Fields! MARCH 1 – 30: Daffodils have already begun to send tender green shoots through the dark brown nutrient-dense Skagit soil, mainly in varieties of Dutch Master, Flower Carpet, and Standard Value – all…

David Austin Roses Have Arrived!

Main image: ‘The Poet’s Wife’ David Austin English roses have arrived and are now available in Greenhouse #5! (5 per customer please)   “For almost 60 years, David Austin has been breeding exquisite English Roses. Renowned for their beautiful, often many petalled, repeat-flowering blooms and enticing, rich fragrances, there are now over 200 rose varieties…

Discovering Dahlias

    Today’s the Day! Help us celebrate the launch of the new Floret book, Discovering Dahlias “Life is always a rich and steady time when you are waiting for something to happen or to hatch.”– E.B. WhiteSkagit     After February’s heavy snowfall, we can feel Mother Nature clapping her hands and saying, “Okay,…

Roses For 2021

Roses have arrived and are now available in Greenhouse #5, and our selection is vast and diverse. And, thanks to modern-day hybridizers who strive to develop the healthiest varieties without compromising the eternal beauty of the bloom and bush, we have curated this year’s Rose List by bringing together a collection of roses unique in…

Growing Citrus

The wonderful fragrance and luxury of citrus in bloom may be exactly what 2021 ordered. When you think of the cool environment of the Pacific Northwest, you don’t necessarily think of it as a place to grow citrus. What may come to mind instead is the sunny terrain of southern California or Florida, where it…

The Bare Root Season; It Only Occurs Now!

Christianson’s “Bare Root” season has arrived!   Now is the best time to find highly adaptable fruit trees (bigger plants, bigger root systems), flowering ornamental trees, and shrubs at a great discount.  Bare root plants typically cost far less than container-grown selections and traditional balled and burlap (B&B), and without the cost of soil and…