Scoping out the new Cistus Nursery fall 2020 catalog

Scoping out the new Cistus Nursery fall 2020 catalog

You should really see Cistus Nursery in the winter if you’re in the area. It’s transformative and paradigm-shifting to walk in one dreary Pacific Northwest day, where you might be used to seeing bare branches and bald spots where dormant plants lie sleeping around town, into a lush abundance of foliage and textures that are in no way diminished by the dormancy of deciduous plants. Cistus feels like California in Oregon, like summer in winter, like a magical loophole where the rules do not apply. It’s where I learned there need not be boring seasons in the garden. As usual, the latest catalog is full of plants to sprinkle some of that magic.

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Our favorite new plants in the Gossler Farms fall 2020 catalog

Our favorite new plants in the Gossler Farms fall 2020 catalog

The Gossler Farms fall 2020 catalog is out with some brand new plants and restocked favorites. Gossler Farms’ plants typically have all that heart-melting green lushness and fiery fall drama ūüĒ•ūüćĀūüĒ• that feel like classic Pacific Northwest gardens, with plenty of hard-to-resist collectors’ plants sprinkled in for good measure. I’m not one to resist the urge to do a little fantasy shopping of my own while updating our catalog with the latest. Why fight love?
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one thing leads to another–part I

one thing leads to another–part I

To think of the plants I’ve babied along, knowing in a dim corner of my brain that its days are numbered. But once the synapses fire¬†in earnest, stand back. Mind you, I don’t always record the before scenario–because once¬†I get it in my head it’s okay to get the ax, I need to act fast–in case I lose my nerve. Funny, the things that nudge me down the gardening¬†path. No straight logical line. How about with you?

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bon voyage, Loree

bon voyage, Loree

We want to wish our cohort Loree all the best as she sets sail for new shores. It’s been a grand adventure working with her, and we’re thrilled with everything¬†we’ve accomplished together. With Loree’s¬†help, we built from just an idea, to a robust online catalog of some 34,000 plants and 80 contributing nurseries.

And of course, we’ll be keeping an eye on Loree¬†at danger garden. Not to mention, we know where she lives.

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Visting Secret Garden Growers

Visting Secret Garden Growers

I love¬†introducing new gardeners¬†to¬†a great nursery they’ve never heard of, even better when they make the trek and later tell me how impressed they were — usually with tales of many plants bought. Such is the case with Secret Garden Growers, its name is apropos.¬† (more…)