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"DOGWOODS — A 'Coast to Coast' Favorite," by the Whistling Gardener

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

When I hear the word “dogwood” I am immediately transported back to a time in my life when I was living on the east coast in Virginia serving my country as a trumpet player in the 392nd Army Band. If you have ever lived in that part of the country, then you probably have noticed the similarities between our state and Virginia.

"How do Plants survive freezes," by the Whistling Gardener

Beautiful Hellebores. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

This recent spate of freezing temperatures has got me thinking about how some plants in my garden seem to be unfazed while others turn to mush.

I find it fascinating that the flowers on my witch hazelhaven’t skipped a beat, while the early blooms of the Christmas Cheer and Olive rhodies and Camellias have turned completely brown.

"This is your last chance to goof off," by the Whistling Gardener

It was a beautiful day to pot up some roses. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Like last week, I am giving you permission to lay low and take it easy for the rest of this month, but watch out! Based on what is happening in my garden, I am going to predict that we will have an early spring. The mild winter is causing a lot of plants to wake up early and we just might need to be ready to do the same thing.

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