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Japanese Flowering Quince

Japanese flowering quince, Chaenomeles japonica, is in full flower right now in Western Washington. It’s a deciduous shrub that bears flowers in clusters on leafless spiny branches in very early spring.

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Easter Colors

The colors of Easter are sported by Rhododendron ‘PJM’ and yellow Narcissus as we spring ahead into daylight savings time today. Spring is in full sway here in the Pacific Northwest in mid March – our last light frost was a couple weeks ago.

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Red Flowering Currant

One of our prettiest native shrubs, the red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum), begins blooming in late February early March just in time for migrating rufus hummingbirds on their way north. Garden cultivars include ‘King Edward VII’ and ‘White Icicle’.

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Pea Planting Time

It’s pea planting time again! Last year we harvested delicious snap peas for months and hope to do it again this year. Our seed order has arrived so now all we have to do is get it in the ground.

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Peach Trees

Our peach trees are just beginning to flower, promising another summer of abundance from our garden. Hopefully there will be enough bees around to pollinate them. We grow lots of flowers with our veggies and fruit in order to feed the bees.

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Indian Plum

Our native Indian plum, Oemleria cerasiformis, is in full bloom in late February. A deciduous shrub in the rose family, it’s the first plant to leaf out in Pacific Northwest forests, usually in mid February, with the first flowers appearing soon after.

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Breaking News

We were delighted this week to find one of our books, “What’s Wrong With My Fruit Garden?”, in the new spring catalog from Stark Brothers. How wonderful! Now we have to get busy and order yet another fruit tree. We already have 12!

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Cabbage in Winter

We still have a couple of cabbages, lots of kale, and some Brussels sprouts in the garden from last summer. Still good to eat! But we have to get ready to plant all the seeds we ordered. Maybe we’ll make sauerkraut!

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Asparagus

Our asparagus is just beginning to sprout. We should be able to start harvesting in about a month. Looking forward to fresh, homegrown, organic vegetables from our garden. The asparagus is the first of many delights to come.  

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Blackeyed Susan

More summer flowers to look forward to. This is blackeyed Susan, Rudbekia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’, a strong perennial that blooms profusely every year from mid-summer through fall.

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