Marianne Binetti HEADLINES
Mid-December means the celebration of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. By the end of the month, the sun will set later each day and bulbs and buds will begin to stir in a slow awakening toward spring. Last week in this column, I wrote about finding a focal point — one you can see from indoors or near the entry — and adding outdoor lighting and plants. This week, it is time to consider some of the best plant material for winter gardens.
The first week of December is when the winter delights of the garden begins. You don’t even need to have a garden to train your eye to see the beauty of living in a climate where there is a change of seasons.
Time for the annual Thanksgiving column so gardeners in Western Washington can once again be grateful for our mild climate, abundant rainfall and beautiful gardens. This year you’ll also get to be thankful for the garden chores you don’t have to do this week:
Curious what my garden looks like? Here’s your chance. My hometown of Enumclaw is hosting a tour of eight local gardens to benefit our hospital care van. The tour is Saturday and includes garden art vendors at every garden. I’ll be giving a seminar at the garden that is hosting the food vendors. The topic will be “Shortcuts to a Show Garden” and you’ll learn tips on how anyone can dress up a landscape with very little time or money.
The second week in June means your roses have bloomed and are looking for more food for the second wave of flowers. Fertilize roses, perennials and annuals this week. Anything growing in a container, from lettuce to petunias needs, fertilizer this month as the days are longer and the plants are working overtime producing new growth.
The beginning of June 2013 arrives with a flood of questions about damp, wet and suffering plants. May ended with rain and more rain and this brought mushrooms, fungus, a plethora of moss and problems for heat-loving plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers and geraniums. On the bright side, lettuce and lobelia have never been better. Here’s the answers to the most common complaints about our water world:
The last week of May means it is time for some pruning if you have spring flowering shrubs such as rhododendrons, forsythia, quince or viburnums that already have bloomed.
Now that we're halfway through May, it's time for color, time for planting most annuals and bedding plants, time to fertilize roses, perennials and young vegetable starts, and time to buy a new pair of gardening gloves. This is the month for planting, weeding, feeding, seeding and pleading with the weather.
Build a pond, add some berries, create a creative shelter: Those are all ways to get wildlife visitors. Here’s how to make your backyard a more wildlife-friendly landscape:
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