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"When is a Crocus not a Crocus? When it’s a Colchicum," by the Whistling Gardener

On the shelves of garden centers in October you will find enticing selections of tulips, daffodils, alliums, crocus, snow drops, and assorted other lesser-known bulbs - all of which, if planted this month, will start blooming in late winter and on into spring. Collectively, we refer to these as spring blooming bulbs. There is however, a couple of exceptions.

On the shelves of garden centers in October you will find enticing selections of tulips, daffodils, alliums, crocus, snow drops, and assorted other lesser-known bulbs - all of which, if planted this month, will start blooming in late winter and on into spring.

Collectively, we refer to these as spring blooming bulbs. There are however, a couple of exceptions.

"October in the Garden," by the Whistling Gardener

In my world, September always feels like a continuation of summer, whereas October puts me in the mood for fall. Shrubs and trees are starting to really color up, everywhere you look retailers are displaying mums and pumpkins, lawns are waking up from their summer dormancy, and homeowners are going nuts with their Halloween decorations. 

In my world, September always feels like a continuation of summer, whereas October puts me in the mood for fall.

Shrubs and trees are starting to really color up, everywhere you look retailers are displaying mums and pumpkins (not to mention Halloween candy), lawns are waking up from their summer dormancy, and homeowners are going nuts with their Halloween decorations. 

"Red Twig Dogwoods – A Shrub for all Seasons," by the Whistling Gardener

It isn’t every day that a plant comes along that will grow just about anywhere and has some interesting feature every season of the year. But that’s just exactly what our northwest native Red Twig Dogwood does! In its native habitat it thrives in moist soil along stream banks and usually in a filtered shade location.

It isn’t every day that a plant comes along that will grow just about anywhere and has some interesting feature every season of the year. But that’s just exactly what our northwest native Red Twig Dogwood does!

In its native habitat it thrives in moist soil along stream banks and usually in a filtered shade location.

"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). 

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