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"My final Words of Wisdom for the Year," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith shares his final words of wisdom for the year. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

As we wind down the final days of the gardening season I find myself struggling to find something to say that will seem profound and lasting.

In light of all the political and worldly trauma, the suffering and hunger and homelessness and generally disgusting things that mankind continues to do to one another, talking about the garden seems so trite. And yet, for me (and I suspect many of you), spending time in the garden is what keeps me sane.

"Keeping the garden interesting in the winter," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

As the last of the fall color fades and our perennials melt to the ground, one would think that about all we would have to look forward to would be a bunch of sticks and dull evergreens.

In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. There is such an incredible diversity in the plant world that no one should have to suffer the fate of a dull winter garden. 

"So, how do I prune my Hydrangea?" by the Whistling Gardener

Pruning blooming shrubs shouldn’t be complicated! Generally speaking, if they bloom early in the spring before new foliage appears, we should prune them right after they finish blooming so they have all season to put on new growth and set buds for the following spring. As with all rules, there are always exceptions and this is where hydrangeas come into the picture.

Pruning blooming shrubs shouldn’t be complicated! Generally speaking, if they bloom early in the spring before new foliage appears, we should prune them right after they finish blooming so they have all season to put on new growth and set buds for the following spring.

As with all rules, there are always exceptions and this is where hydrangeas come into the picture.

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