Valerie Easton is a freelance writer and author of five gardening books, most recently "Petal & Twig" (Sasquatch Books, 2012).
‘Formosan Fingers’ pittosporum
Out of the dozens and dozens of shrubs debuting this spring, here are a few tempting enough to trial in your own garden. One is a new hydrangea.
What really matters is how the tree performs, what it adds to your garden. What shape does the tree take over time, are the flowers fragrant, do the leaves color up in autumn?
Work continues, thanks to the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe and volunteers. Also, the Kingston nursery and plantsman Dan Hinkley have been reunited. Hinckley is its part-time director.
Flowering cherry trees struggle in our climate. They suffer from brown rot and cherry bark tortrix.
Don’t apologize for growing forsythia, lilac, mop-head hydrangeas or mock orange, says Natural Gardener columnist Valerie Easton. What looks better blazing chrome yellow against stormy February skies than forsythia?
By the way, Nolan Rundquist is emphatic that we call the slice of lawn/dirt between sidewalk and street a planting strip, not a parking strip. “I don’t want people to park on them, I want people to plant out there,” he says.
Natural Gardener columnist Valerie Easton tells us what’s on the horizon as gardening season ramps up.
Marinating in an environment goes far beyond the visual. It includes, but isn’t limited to, how the place smells, how warm, chill, stale, fresh, breezy, light or dark it is.
Local experts offer up those that sparked their devotion. Plants as time travel, as fondest memories, as lifelong passion and pastime.
Fern expert Richie Steffen, of the Elisabeth C. Miller Garden, offers up some favorites that he wouldn’t garden without.
The charming little island compound of Ted Kennedy Watson (founder of Watson Kennedy fine-home shops) and his husband, Ted Sive, is a green, green place of calm, where nature reigns — with a fair bit of refereeing from the owners.