Happy Spring, everyone — We still haven’t passed the Valentine’s Day marker, but unseasonable warmth has spurred on plant growth faster than usual. Daffodils, witch hazel, Daphne, snow drops, plum trees, Indian plum, red maples, sweet box, and Crocus are all blooming and creating clouds of fragrance that waft around the neighborhoods. Ahh. And toContinue reading “it begins again…”
I’ve been doing more research into edible gardens and soil contamination lately, and I thought I would share my findings here. As my family prepares to move onto a new city lot with old homes and unknown previous uses (e.g. there was rumor of the property having been rented to a fellow with a roofingContinue reading “Gardening in urban soils”
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 visionContinue reading “Love your garden — with a Spring design consultation!”
This 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; andContinue reading “Springing!”
Happy Holidays 2013! This is the time of year when we are forced to look closely for color. But there it is, in the form of lichens, bark, new buds, and berries. Thanks for a great year of gardening, and here’s to a wonderful 2014!
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 quickContinue reading “Planning edible gardens or containers: time for a Spring consultation!”
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 findContinue reading “it begins: early spring beauties”
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 aContinue reading “Stormwater and Rain Gardens: Read up, ’tis the season!”
When I’m done with a garden clean-up I usually leave behind some little bouquet of foliage and twigs or a sprig of clipped herbs. And this one’s sultry vibrancy and autumn glow — too pretty not to share!