Blog Profiles

Succulents – the new “in plants” for drought regions

April 15, 2016 0 comments

Succulents, even those that won’t grow in colder climates, make great candidates for a greenhouse, sunroom, or even a sunny windowsill. My collection doesn’t seem to mind the dry indoor air or erratic watering. And my admiration for these low-water… Read More

If it Fits, it Chits—Sprouting Seed Potatoes in the Greenhouse

February 3, 2016 0 comments
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Jump-starting vegetables in your greenhouse celebrates the beginning of the year’s growing cycle. But potatoes? I hadn’t considered them as greenhouse candidates until I read the new 35th anniversary edition of my go-to edible book, Growing Vegetables West of the… Read More

What You Need to Know Before Hiring a Garden Contractor

January 11, 2016 0 comments
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Whether you’re looking for someone to build your new greenhouse foundation or planning an entire garden makeover, there comes a time when you need skilled help beyond DIY. So how do you go about choosing the right person for the… Read More

Great Garden Books to Read in the Company of Plants

December 10, 2015 0 comments
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Do you overwinter plants in your greenhouse or sun porch? If it’s warm enough in there, I suggest you pull up a comfy chair near your pelargoniums or Meyer lemon and dream of spring with these terrific gardening reads. One… Read More

Thinking Spring…ALREADY? Award-Winning New Plants

October 6, 2015 0 comments
First Editions® Ruffled Red Magic® (Lagerstroemia ‘PIILG-AII’)

It’s always fun to grow at least one plant that makes visitors ask, “What is THAT?” Right now the horticulture trade is deciding which new offerings will appear in your retail garden center next spring, or in the seasons to… Read More

Bob Lilly talks about gardening on a houseboat

September 14, 2015 0 comments
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Bob Lily gardens on water. This Seattle horticulturalist, plantsman, and designer extraordinaire has lived on a houseboat in Lake Union, since the 1970s. His shake-shingled dwelling disappears under a cascade of greenery—with everything grown in containers. And his diverse plant… Read More

Hand Watering and a Kink-free Hose

August 10, 2015 0 comments
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In this year of epic drought in the West, conscientious gardeners collect dish-washing rinse water for their plants. They take showers with buckets around their feet to catch any excess. And in many communities, if they use a hose, gardeners… Read More

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