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"Houseplants: More Choices than Ever," by the Whistling Gardener

The year was 1970 and I was just about to graduate from college with a degree in plant science. One of my job options was to go to work in Leucadia or Encinitas, California for one of the many foliage companies where plants like Spider Plants, Boston Ivy, Snake Plants, Aglaonema, and Prayer Plants, to name just a few, were propagated by the millions.

The year was 1970 and I was just about to graduate from college with a degree in plant science. One of my job options was to go to work in Leucadia or Encinitas, California for one of the many foliage companies where plants like Spider Plants, Boston Ivy, Snake Plants, Aglaonema, and Prayer Plants, to name just a few, were propagated by the millions.

"New Wintergreen Varieties are a Holiday Hit," By the Whistling Gardener

Now that the thrill of summer has passed and the warm colors of fall are fading with each passing storm, our eyes should be being drawn to attractive broadleaf plants like Hollies, Aucubas, Fatsias, and Nandinas; and of course plants that have berries like Pyracantha, Cotoneaster, Snowberry, and Beauty Berry. 

Now that the thrill of summer has passed and the warm colors of fall are fading with each passing storm, our eyes should be being drawn to attractive broadleaf plants like Hollies, Aucubas, Fatsias, and Nandinas; and of course plants that have berries like Pyracantha, Cotoneaster, Snowberry, and Beauty Berry.

Northwest Watercolor Society winners of the 81st International Open Online Exhibition chosen

The first place prize of $2,000 was awarded to Lance Hunter’s “Without Reason.”

Juror Thomas W Schaller announced the winners of the 81st International Open Online Exhibition at Northwest Watercolor Society’s awards reception on October 22nd.

The top three prizes went to Lance Hunter of Oklahoma, Tiantian Ji of China, and Lynda Hoffman-Snodgrass of Oregon.

"Now is the Time to Plant Bulbs," by the Whistling Gardener

Last spring when my bulb buyer was sitting down with our bulb vendor working on our fall order of tulips, daffodils, and all the other wonderful bulbs that garden centers offer this time of year, I decided it would be fun to add a few varieties for my own garden. By the time my wife and I narrowed down our choices, we had ordered no less than 2500 bulbs.

Last spring when my bulb buyer was sitting down with our bulb vendor working on our fall order of tulips, daffodils, and all the other wonderful bulbs that garden centers offer this time of year, I decided it would be fun to add a few varieties for my own garden.

By the time my wife and I narrowed down our choices, we had ordered no less than 2500 bulbs.

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