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"Beware, Seeds are Germinating All Around You," by the Whistling Gardener

This little Northwest mist we just experienced reminds me that this is the time of year when all those little weed seeds that have been lying dormant in our soils suddenly get a notice from Mother Nature that it is time to wake up and start growing. There are three environmental signals that cause this response.

This little Northwest mist we just experienced reminds me that this is the time of year when all those little weed seeds that have been lying dormant in our soils suddenly get a notice from Mother Nature that it is time to wake up and start growing.

There are three environmental signals that cause this response…

"Johnny’s Fig Comes Marching Home," by the Whistling Gardener

When I purchased Sunnyside Nursery in the fall of 1989, there was a large fig tree (actually a bush) growing in the back yard next to the old carriage house. At the time I didn’t think much about it and over the next several years of remodeling and relandscaping, the old fig got uprooted and relegated to the compost pile.

When I purchased Sunnyside Nursery there was a large fig tree growing in the back yard next to the old carriage house. At the time I didn’t think much about it and the old fig got uprooted and relegated to the compost pile.

Little did I know that a cutting from that very same fig would find its way back to the nursery almost 25 years later.

"Challenges and Opportunities: Burnt Baskets, Fried Shrubs, and Fabulous Tropicals," by the Whistling Gardener

Summertime in the northwest is a great gardening time. There is lots of sunshine and warm soils to make plants grow, and as long as we remember to water, we can have some amazingly productive veggie gardens and luxurious landscapes (or at least some bodacious containers). 

Summertime in the Northwest is a great gardening time. There is lots of sunshine and warm soils to make plants grow, and as long as we remember to water, we can have some amazingly productive veggie gardens and luxurious landscapes (or at least some bodacious containers). 

"Give these 'Annual' Vines a Spot in Your Garden this Summer," by the Whistling Gardener

I am inclined to think that when most gardeners discuss vines, monsters like wisteria, trumpet vine, honeysuckle, and even clematis, are probably the ones that come to mind. These are permanent vines that retain a woody structure twelve months out of the year and eventually form an architectural component in the landscape.

I am inclined to think that when most gardeners discuss vines, monsters like wisteria, trumpet vine, honeysuckle, and even clematis, are probably the ones that come to mind.

These are permanent vines that retain a woody structure twelve months out of the year and eventually form an architectural component in the landscape.

"The Many Faces of Evergreen Euonymus," by the Whistling Gardener.

Euonymus japonica is a nice shrub with glossy, one-inch round leaves that can be found in many commercial settings due to its ease of growing, tolerance of a range of soils and sunlight conditions. Varieties like “Silver King,” “Silver Queen,” and “Chollipo,” with their bright green and white variegated foliage, are commonly found.

Euonymus japonica is a nice shrub with glossy, one-inch round leaves that can be found in many commercial settings due to its ease of growing, tolerance of a range of soils and sunlight conditions.

Varieties like “Silver King,” “Silver Queen,” and “Chollipo,” with their bright green and white variegated foliage, are commonly found.

"Is there a Carnivorous Bog Garden in Your Future?" by the Whistling Gardener

Of all of the wonderfully exotic species of plants on this globe we call home, carnivorous bog plants have got to be high on the list when it comes to weirdness. They absolutely look like they belong on some alien planet, despite the fact that many of them are actually native to our very own part of the world.

Of all of the wonderfully exotic species of plants on this globe we call home, carnivorous bog plants have got to be high on the list when it comes to weirdness.

They absolutely look like they belong on some alien planet, despite the fact that many of them are actually native to our very own part of the world.

"Deciduous Azaleas – No Garden Should be Without Them," by the Whistling Gardener

Most of the time when gardeners talk about azaleas we think of evergreen foliage. But there is a whole other exciting group of azaleas, that while they lose their leaves in winter, have incredible hot yellow, orange, salmon, or red flowers in spring and great fall foliage color in the autumn.

Most of the time when gardeners talk about azaleas we think of evergreen foliage.

But there is a whole other exciting group of azaleas, that while they lose their leaves in winter, have incredible hot yellow, orange, salmon, or red flowers in spring and great fall foliage color in the autumn.

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