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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Well, it’s getting easier now to get my head into spring garden planning and prepping.
Look! Shoots, dangles & blooms, hurrah.
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.
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!