We have been busy this first week of March as spring shipping for the nursery begins. The rhythm of the day is quickening and even though everything is still dormant and there's snowflakes here and there, it's the beginning of awaking, with the sun lingering a little longer and the first day of spring approaching. Inside I feel I'm waking up too, coming out of my hibernation of garden dreams for the year ahead and stepping into the action of it all.
We have a bee charmer across the street, a field dotted with white boxes, a chorus of humming. I imagine what the bees must see as they fly above the bramble hedge from his field to ours, a sea of ultraviolet, attracting them to the nectar within each flower.
It's just about that time of year here in Oregon when the forsythia's bright yellow flowers bloom, telling us it's time to prune the roses! Here are a few things we can do this spring and throughout the year to care for our beloved rose bushes.
It's the end of February here in Oregon and Comfrey's green points have emerged from the ground. I started these plants from seed two years ago and dug them up today to divide and share why they are so dear.
Creating butterfly habitats is a growing practice for many gardeners. The benefits include a garden with beautiful and diverse plants. As well as, giving our gorgeous insect pollinators a wonderful place to live and feel safe.
Perennials have their advantages over annuals in that they grow back every year, eliminating the labor of planting and purchasing every season. The tricky part of using perennials is maximizing bloom time throughout the year.
As plants break dormancy toward spring, fluctuating temperatures can leave them vulnerable to cold snaps. Luckily, there are some easy things you can do to help ensure your plants will make it through this precarious time of year...