Every year after the first frost, I purposely leave my garden to dry out and turn brown. I don’t clean out any perennials or rake leaves. This is on purpose. While humans, like I, love the look of a tidy garden during the winter in the Northwest, it’s actually more beneficial to leave plant stalks as they are. Dried flowers and grasses provide seeds and … Continue reading My Garden’s a Mess & the Birds Love it
I couldn’t find much about how that idiom came to be, but we all know it means “don’t be such a wimp.” A couple of weeks ago, as I was browsing my local garden nursery, I thought the meaning of that idiom was interesting, actually downright inaccurate, because pansies are hardy little flowers. They grow best in part-sun in cool conditions, and they continually bloom … Continue reading Don’t Be Such a Pansy! Wait, Yes, Be One.
Three times this winter the clouds have cleared and the sun has shown brightly for days at a time. The sky is a cool blue and the light has a soft golden color. The air smells biting and fresh. The kids can play outside. I can’t stand it! This kind of weather weighs the dew down into frost, which covers the grass and all of the … Continue reading The Color of Happiness in Winter is Gray
Outside of a few cold snaps, we enjoy relatively mild winters in the Northwest. Yes, one needs to psychologically survive the long stretches of rainy days, but rarely can you not enjoy the outside because of frigid temperatures. This offers gardeners a chance to cheer up the dreary days with containers of plants. True, there are few blooms in December and January, but if you … Continue reading Warm Up With Winter Containers
The first frost of autumn snuck up on Seattle this year. It came almost a week earlier than usual and came in hard. This morning, my outdoor thermometer read 26 degrees at eight o’clock. I was thankful I’d covered my more tender plants. But if you haven’t covered yours, it’s still not too late to do it. Many of the most common yard plants you … Continue reading You’ve Got It Covered: 8 Plants to Protect from Frost