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Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea)–PLANT FIX

The oakleaf hydrangeas are in full bloom and abuzz.  I would have never guessed that hydrangea, of all things, provides pollen and/or nectar to pollinators, but low and behold, the bed with 4 established Hydrangea quercifolia is alive with “winged … Continue reading

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Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ (Honeywort)–PLANT FIX

The first time I spied this neat annual, my friend Kellie Dawson was growing it in her Port Orchard garden.  She is quite fond of self-sowers–plants that reproduce freely and combine with other plants in delightful ways that she couldn’t … Continue reading

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Aristolochia durior (Dutchman’s pipe vine)–PLANT FIX

What is that vine?” first time visitors always inquire when they arrive at our house.  If you’re a gardener whose spent any time in the southeast where it’s native, you might know Dutchman’s pipe vine, but here on the West … Continue reading

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Azara integrifolia (goldspire)–PLANT FIX

I have an affinity for Chilean plants, but scant luck in growing many in my own garden.   That doesn’t keep me from trying–searching for the perfect microclimate, one that fits the bill of “sheltered location” while also having decent light.  … Continue reading

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May Birth Flower: Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Convallaria majalis is starting to bloom away now, fittingly around my birthday, which makes sense since it is known as the birth flower for May.  Lily of the Valley represents humility, chastity, sweetness and happiness.  Did I mention all parts … Continue reading

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GOT THE SPRING BLUES–PLANT FIX

The blues is alright in my garden.  If you like blue flowers (who doesn’t?), this is your season.  My woodland areas are in their glory right now, and many of the shade loving stars are blue flowering–Corydalis, Omphalodes, Brunnera, just … Continue reading

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Plant some Winter Sunshine: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’—PLANT FIX

Have you been spotting the outrageous Witch Hazel cultivars in bloom?  The crosses between the Japanese species Hamamelis japonica and the Chinese species Hamamelis mollis are knockouts.  I noticed many of them in the vignettes at the NW Flower & … Continue reading

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Winter Arrangements with Deciduous Huckleberry—Plant Fix

Hands down, the number one plant I use for wintertime arrangements is the bare, cold-kissed foliage of deciduous huckleberry.  A native plant that many take for granted because it’s plenty common to our local Northwest forests; it’s long been one … Continue reading

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The Purple Flowers of Autumn–Plant Fix

I have always loved purple.  It’s a rich and magical color, and surprisingly, not overly abundant in the flowers of hardy plants.  I have wondered why that is.  Are purple flowers rampant in the tropics, but not colder climes? Is … Continue reading

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Chelone (Turtlehead)–Late Summer Plant Fix

I’ve had Chelone in my garden for as long as I’ve lived here.  In fact, it is one of the first perennials I planted almost 18 years ago.  I have a second clump divided from the first and pieces have … Continue reading

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