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"It’s Time to get Serious About Watering," by the Whistling Gardener

Gorgeous and huge Dinnerplate Dahlias. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Last week the Whistling Gardener gave you several tips on how to become a better gardener. As promised, this week he will enlighten you on how to water properly.

Good gardeners seem to have a sixth sense about when and how much water to apply to their gardens. The rest of us aren’t quite as gifted and need a cheat sheet.

"Bonkers over Begonias," by The Whistling Gardener

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

I confess, growing up in southern California, I have always had an affection for begonias. My very first purchase, at the young age of eight, was from the county fair and was a rhizomatous variety that I grew for many years. While I have never met a begonia I didn’t like, the number of varieties to choose from is far too numerous to cover in a short column like this, so I am going to focus on three of my favorites that are garden worthy.

"Words of Encouragement," by the Whistling Gardener

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

I know what you all are thinking: “Will spring ever come?” It’s a fair question but I can assure you that spring has already come and we are well on our way to summer but that probably doesn’t make you feel any better.

Beyond a doubt, this has been the worst spring weather I can remember since moving to the northwest 30 years ago. But don’t despair, it’s not as bad as it seems.

"Acer Palmatumitis (Japanese Maple Addiction Syndrome)," The Whistling Gardener’s Column

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

One on my first plant addictions, that began years ago and will never be cured, is an affinity for all things Japanese maple.

I just don’t see how anyone can pass on a maple! Not only are they stunning architectural plant specimens to admire, but they always have outstanding fall color as well.

"What’s Blooming in your Garden?" by the Whistling Gardener

Camellias are blooming! Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

It’s official, spring is now here. This week marks that magic moment when our days finally become longer than our nights.

Of course there is no guarantee that any of these days will actually have the sun shining but it is at least encouraging to know that the potential is there to experience on the average three more minutes of daylight every day from now until the summer solstice, at which time we start losing three minutes a day until we hit the fall equinox when once again the days become shorter than the nights.

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