Love your garden — with a Spring design consultation!

Wondering where to start on this year’s big garden project? Take the first step by scheduling a HAZEL Design consultation session. This ‘package deal’ gets the ball rolling with fresh ideas for layout options, materials and planting schemes.

Starting with an on-site walk-through and a sit-down with source images, we will listen to your vision and build on your ideas to help generate a range of design options. If you are interested in some DIY, we can discuss feasibility and help organize your options into bite-size phases. Either way, a design consultation leaves you with options to consider and clear next steps to take. process sketches

Contact us for an introductory design consultation package:

(206) 351.9407 / hazeledibles@gmail.com

($250 for basic consultations, Contact us for more customized design packages.)

Springing!

photo-5This is a Pedasites bloom pushing up through the winter ground in one of my gardens.

It may seem early, but these last few sunny days seem to have gotten things stirring: Sarcoccoca, the sweet-smelling, nearly invisible flower that is currently wafting its fragrance around town; those lovely, winter-blooming Viburnums in shades of pink; and -my favorite- witch hazels with wild blooms in orange, yellow or red and their distinct astringent, ultra-fresh fragrance. A walk in Seward Park this weekend revealed many fat tree buds, Hazel trees with opening catkins, and both flowering currant and Indian plum just about to bloom.

Planning edible gardens or containers: time for a Spring consultation!

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How do we get here, to this beautiful summer bounty? Spring blooms are starting to pop everywhere now, so it’s a little easier to imagine that we will once again be out in the garden, hands in the warm soil, tending a productive bed or box and plucking an assortment of veggies for a quick summer stir fry or salad…

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But for now we are HERE: tiny sprouts of early greens and seed packets waiting in the wings for even warmer days.  No need to be impatient though– this just means there is still plenty of time to get a new planting area prepped, start a container garden on your deck, or install a raised bed or planter box somewhere in a sunny spot.

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Are you working with a difficult site? Have children you’d like to introduce to gardening? Just finish a remodel and finally have time to focus on the outside realm? This is the perfect time to assess, envision, and plan. We are equipped to handle a range of site demands, and look forward to helping you create a beautiful, functional, productive outdoor space for your unique home.

Please call us at 206.351.9407 to set up a Spring garden consultation and walk-through.

 

 

it begins: early spring beauties

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We really do have it easy here. Fall sun and colorful foliage stretches into the winter holidays and the grey-est days of winter extend only into February, before days lengthen, bulbs start to shoot up and shrubs start budding out. For a while in those early winter months, we have to look closely to find color and signs of life that will string us along.   yellow lichen

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Well, it’s getting easier now to get my head into spring garden planning and prepping.

Look! Shoots, dangles & blooms, hurrah.

Stormwater and Rain Gardens: Read up, ’tis the season!

Find out more about rain gardens here (http://earthfix.kuow.org/water/article/if-bioswales-and-rain-gardens-are-so-great-why-are/)  Just in time for the rainy season… learn what all the hubbub is about!

Seattle Public Utilities has opened up new stormwater districts, to encourage the installation of rain gardens and cisterns through the RainWise incentive. Please contact us if you would like us to take a look at your property and talk over options for collecting or retaining rainwater.

(image from Seattle RainWise http://www.seattle.gov)