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Planning Your Spring Garden with Jenny

seed starting suppliesNeed help getting started with your gardens this year? Jenny can help you decide what you can grow in the spaces you have.

Making a plan is the first step. The next is creating a timeline for your choices.

Which seeds can be planted now?

Do you plant them directly outside or start them inside?

Jenny will give you tips for growing both vegetable and flower seeds.

Learn the options you have when starting them inside, how to nurture the seedlings and how to transplant them.

Find out about planting seeds outside and the best ways to protect that tender new growth from Mother Nature's constant changes.

Using the proper techniques, you will be successful at growing your own produce and blooms from start to finish.

 

When:  Saturday, February 25th, 2017 @ 11AM

              Repeated on

              Monday, February 27th, 2017 @  11 AM

Where:  Farmington Gardens

               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:      FREE but please REGISTER

Email:    events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone:   503.649.4568

 

5 Awesome Japanese Maples

Here are two of our most popular Japanese Maple varieties. We’ve also included three exciting brand new varieties for those japanese maple addicts out there!

 

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Acer palmatum ‘Sango-kaku’

Coral Bark Japanese Maple

Winter Damage

           Well, we made it through the ‘Snowpocalypse’. Boy, was it crazy! We’ve started getting phone calls seeking advice on what to do with some of your plants. While most gardens have come through the heavier than usual snow and longer lasting cold just fine, some plants are looking a little worse for wear. Here are some things you can do.

Broken Branches

Any branches that have snapped off or fallen, trim up the best you can. Make a cut about 1-2 inches from where it meets the main branch or trunk-also known as the branch collar. For branches too large to cut with hand pruners, make sure to use the three step cut. Here is an excellent video explaining what this is and how to do it. - Pruning Trees with the Three Cut Method
Some branches peeled bark away as they fell and left ragged ends. Clean these up as best you can and don’t worry. It will heal over with time. It’s been found that the use of prune paint or any additional treatment just isn’t necessary. The trees are best left on their own to heal.

This will now heal over more easily

This branch needs to be cleaned up

Brighten Your Winter Garden with a Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel ‘Arnold’s Promise’
Hamamelis  x intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise”

bright yellow flowers of a witch hazelWait no more for a pop of color in your winter garden.
The witch hazel ‘Arnold’s Promise’ bursts with blooms on bare branches. This only highlights the bright yellow, spidery flowers against the bark, especially on a gray winter day. Their color causes the deciduous, flowering shrub to be an accent piece at this time of year, even when placed among other shrubs or under taller trees in your yard.

Thriving in our slightly acidic soils when sited in full sun or part shade, the vase shaped witch hazel can take most soil types as long as it is well drained. Regular watering is preferred. Prune after flowering to maintain the natural vase shaped growth.
Easy care, slow but regular growth and the talk of the town during these late winter months – what more can be asked for?