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Travel the World with Patio Peonies

Athens
Dublin
London

 

 

 Sit back and enjoy the view of 'cities of the world' on your patio or deck.

 

 Patio Peonies, with names such as Rome, Oslo, Moscow, Madrid, and Kiev have been developed to stay compact in height. None grows taller than 2.5 feet while others are less than 2 feet when mature.

 

 The flower size has not changed and can grow as large as 6 inches. Most have a sweet but not overwhelming fragrance.

 Their stems are very strong - no need for staking. This also makes them a good cut flower for your arrangements.

 Like other peonies, they are sun loving and like good drainage. Place them in your garden - yes - but with these special Patio Peonies, you have the choice of growing them in containers.

 

 

 They are an easy care plant. Cut back the early summer blossoms when spent. The glossy green leaves of the plant stay bushy and look attractive all season. Grown in a decorative pot, it can stay on your patio all summer.

 Butterflies love Patio Peonies. You will too!

 Their names will spark memories or dreams of travel to far away cities.

What's Blooming 4.25.2016

Colorful Azaleas start blooming at this time of year.

Choose one of these for a sunny spot.

Encore® Azaleas bloom now, will rebloom in the summer and again in the fall.

These shrubs take more sun than other evergreen azaleas - up to 6 hours.

        Encore Autumn Monarch                                 Encore Autumn Carnation

Encore Autumn Sweetheart

Deciduous azaleas bloom before they are fully leafed out allowing the flowers to be the outstanding feature on the shrub. They prefer to be grown in full sun but can take some shade. A second show of color comes in the fall when the cooler nights change the light green leaves to a maroon or reddidh-orange color before they drop.

                       Rosy Lights                                         Arneson Golden Solitaire

                    Western Lights                                             Candy Lights

 

Let Earth Day Motivate You

Today is the 46th Earth Day!

                                     Stellar Pink Dogwood

What does that mean to most of us?

It reminds us that we are a part of a very large planet. What we do affects our world.

Let that reminder motivate you to help with climate change by planting a tree.

  Bloodgood Japanese Maple

♦Trees help clean the air with their leaves.

♦Their roots protect our water by controlling erosion and run off to our streams and rivers.

♦They allow us to conserve energy by shading our homes in the summer and act as buffers from strong winds.

      Native Serviceberry

 

 

 

 

 

Plant a native tree which is very adaptable to the local soil conditions and thrives in our climate.

Plant a flowering tree to add beauty to the neighborhood and value to your home.

Plant a Japanese Maple. There are so many reasons why.  Their leaf color, leaf shape, bark, and growth habit allow them to be placed in any type or size of garden.

 

      Tulip Shade Tree

 

 Plant a shade tree to create a coolness to your garden  and house.

 Eat local and grow a fruit tree.

             Asian Pears

 

 

 

 

 

 

You have so many choices when making that one step of planting a tree.

Let this Earth Day motivate you to be part of the solution.

 

 

Garden Buddies 2016: Wind and Windchimes

 

 What does wind have to do with gardening? Hint...Blow on a dandelion seed head!

 Jenny will cover some of the science of wind and how it affects growing plants.

 Our Little Buddies can make-and-take their own wind chimes to hang in the garden.

 

 What:    Wind and Windchimes
 When:   May 14th, 2016 @ 10AM
 Where:  Farmington Gardens
               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
 Cost:     Free but Registration is Required
 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com
 Phone:  503.649.4568

What's Blooming 4.18.2016

Rhododendrons are just starting their long bloomtime.

  Rhododendron 'Peppermint Twist'         Rhododendron 'Unique'

 Rhododendron 'Seaview Sunset'     Rhododendron 'Yellow Petticoats'

     Rhododendron 'Ken Janeck'                Rhododendron 'Kabarett'

 Rhododendron 'Hachmann's Polaris   Rhododendron 'Honey Butter'

 

 

Rhododendron season is here!

Rhododendrons thrive in our mild Oregon climate - just visit the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden in Portland (in the Reed College neighborhood) to marvel at some spectacular specimens. 

Most of our gardens can't accommodate varieties as large as this public garden showcases, but here at Farmington Gardens, we have many varieties that are just the right size for our smaller spaces. 

Tables are full of both new and loved varieties, like this one called 'Honey Butter.' 

Now, while they are showing their color, is a great time to shop for a new rhododendron.

For new gardeners, here are a few quick pointers on rhododendrons:

  • They are a hardy evergreen shrub, which likes a partially shady environment.  Morning sun and afternoon shade is best.
  • They can vary in mature size, from 12 inches to over 8 feet, so read labels to find the right one for your garden.
  • They like well-draining soil that is acidic.  For that reason, we recommend you apply Dr. Earth Azalea, Camellia and Rhododendron Fertilizer at the time of planting to assure it gets off to a great start.  This fertilizer is also recommended if the leaves of a mature shrub exhibits yellowing leaves - this is 'chlorosis' and is caused by a lack of iron.
  • If you need to prune a rhodie, the best time is right after blooming.  It will set it's buds for next year's flowers in the fall, so if you prune in the fall you will sacrifice next year's colorful show.
  • Feel free to pick up our 'Rhododendron Care and Culture' sheet the next time you are here!

Garden to Table 2016: Celebrate Spring

Join us for our first Garden to Table class of the year!

 

Instructor Roberta Reynolds presents an hour of free recipes, cooking tips, and free samples.

On the menu:

♦Crostini with Creamy Artichoke Spread,

♦Asparagus Ribbon Salad,

♦Soba Noodles with Spring Vegetables & Teriyaki Chicken,

♦and Cupcakes stuffed with Strawberry Rhubarb Butter. 

 

What:  Garden to Table: Celebrate Spring

When:  Saturday, April 16th from 10:30AM -11:30AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:     Free but please REGISTER

Phone:  503.649.4568

Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com

What's Blooming 4.11.2016

                                        Groundcover Accents

Creeping Phlox 'Fort Hill' Lithodora 'Grace Ward'
Sweet Woodruff Scotch Moss
Wine Periwinkle Iberis 'Purity'
Vinca minor 'Illumination' Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue'

Mason Bees: Peak of Their Season


 

    April is the prime time for mason bee action. Spring mason bees should be let loose in April. If you hold them through May, they run out of stored fats and will die in your refrigerator.

New Perennials for 2016

What's New This Year!

Every year, new plants are developed from some of your garden favorites.

Join MJ to find out what new perennials we are introducing this year. They may be more naturally disease resistant or come in new colors or are stronger and longer blooming or all of the above.

Don't miss out on being the first on your block to have these new and improved plants that will come back year after year.

 What: New Perennials for 2016

 When: April 16th, 2016 @ 11AM

 Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton OR 97007

 Cost: FREE but please Register

 Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

 Phone: 503.649.4568