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Royal Combination of Hollies


join together to ensure a regal showing in your yard. 

This pair of hollies are grown together in one pot to form a natural meeting that ensures bright red berries every year. No need for any other pollinators while saving you valuable garden space. Yes, you get two plants in one pot!
The dark blue/green glossy leaves shine on royally purple stems. Grow this combination as a specimen plant or use them as a privacy screen or hedge.

Planted in full to part sun, you can choose to do any pruning early winter and use the bright red berries for seasonal décor or prune late winter after having the berries as outdoor winter interest and valuable food for the birds. You can also just let the shrub grow into its upright form with no pruning.

The Blue Prince and Blue Princess hollies – Ilex x meserveae - were bred to be beautifully ornamental and cold hardy. Their leaves are a softer evergreen holly – not extremely spiny. Grow a monarchy of your own.

3 gallon  Regularly $19.99


25% OFF

Offer valid until 12/18/2015

Winterizing Your Tools

Garden tools and gardeners benefit greatly from well kept tools.

Dull and dirty tools can be harmful to the plants, spread disease, damage tissue, and are harder to use. Regular cleaning and sharpening of all your gardening tools is ideal. At the very least, they should go through a nice overhaul before they are put away for the winter.

Photo from Michigan Gardener

Cleaning: Here is one option to try. Disassemble (if possible) and soak hand tools that are mildly soiled in strong brewed black tea until the tea has cooled. This will allow rust and debris to be wiped off easily. Tools that are more rust or sap laden may need extra scrubbing with a steel wool, sand paper, or a fine chisel before soaking in tea.

With tools that are used in the soil, such as shovels, it is wise to remove all the soil debris. A forceful stream of water could do the tric. For those of us in the PNW where the soil tends to be more on the clay side and stick, a wire brush or blunt object is sometimes required. Soil tools that have a large amount of rust, sand paper or steel wool may be required for a deeper clean.

Follow cleaning of any tool with a thin coat of motor oil. This increases resistance to rust while storing. Remember to oil nut and bolt areas as well. If your tools have wooden handles, wipe them with linseed oil to help keep moisture out and increase lifespan.

*Anytime of the year when pruning diseased plant material or working in diseased soil, remember to wash the tool thoroughly after use, either with alcohol or hot water and soap to prevent spread of disease.

Sharpening: Click here for more in-depth information provided by  Oregon State University Extension Services on sharpening a variety of gardening tools.

Get Ready for the Frost and Cold

It is going to happen sooner than later.
Temperatures are going to go down much colder than some of your plants like.  Don't lose those more tender plants to the frost.

Most shrubs and perennials are hardy to our area but we do try to test our zonal limits in the Willamette Valle, especially with more tropical looking plants. Some of these perennials and vines are actually considered annuals here or are only marginally hardy.

What can you do to protect them?