Happy Holidays 2013!

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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!

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

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

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)

Fall Garden Consultation Special – edgy veggies, rain gardens, landscape renovations & all-round planting design

Bring us your toughest landscape dilemmas and we’ll talk you through your options. Steep bank? Clay soil? Difficult shade areas? Want to grow vegetables? Bring it on! Schedule a consultation with HAZEL during these last three months of 2012, for a discounted consultation rate.

We’ll start with a walk through, flip through some inspiring photos and drawings, then you’ll receive a list of recommended actions, suggested plants & materials, and sketches of several possible future design directions. This is the fun part! Fall is also the perfect time to start thinking about changes you’d like to make in next year’s garden… and even plant a few new things.

gabions (rock-filled metal cages) and squash vines