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Miss Kim Lilac Earns her Title

close up of Miss Kim flowers

Well behaved and petite in stature, the syringa patula Miss Kim produces as many blossoms and as strong a perfume as her larger relatives. Her purple buds open up to light lavender clusters which are smaller and daintier but perfect in form. They call your attention to their beauty and fragrance. The tubular shaped flowers attract hummingbirds - always a welcome addition to any garden.

Miss Kim prefers full sun and does like to have supplemental water during dry spells. Her size, only 5 to 6 feet tall, allows her to be placed as a foundation shrub or closer to the front in a garden. Maintenance is easy. Deadhead after blooming to boost flower production for the next year and trim to shape. This particular lilac does not produce a lot of suckers.

Like all young ladies, this Miss acts more boldly at times. Her autumn leaves stand out by turning a burgundy red.

Although perfect in our smaller yards, her spring blooms make Miss Kim welcome to any garden.

full Miss Kim bush covered in blossoms

Citrus' Sweet Smell

two improved meyer lemons

When you walk past any citrus in our greenhouse, you will immediately be attracted to their perfumed scent. The white, almost waxy looking flowers give off a wonderful fragrance.

Can you grow citrus outside here in Oregon? The answer is YES! But, you do need to keep them in pots as they must be brought inside during the coldest months.

 

Outside they like to be in full sun for 8 hours or more and inside, they need to get the bright southern sun and do best with supplemental light. The soil should be well draining. Citrus like regular moisture, never totally dry and never sitting in water. That will kill the roots.

blossoms of an improved meyer lemon

Citrus grow best with a regular fertilization schedule during the spring and summer months when they are blooming and producing fruit. Dr. Earth Fruit Tree organic fertilizer will supply all their needs. Refrain from fertilizing the rest of the year.

The fruit trees grown in a warmer climate can grow tall but kept in pots, you can maintain their height. They are self-fertile but might need help with pollination when blooming inside your home.

Grow your own lemon, lime or orange this year.

What could be better than picking a fruit at its peak of juicy ripeness!

What's New and Blooming 4/22/2015

Spring whites!

 

      'Cherokee Daybreak' Dogwood                    Osteospermum

 white blossoms of Cherokee Daybreak dogwood  scooped petals of white osteospermum

              Iberis sempervirens                       Nonstop tuberous begonia

 white iberis  large white blossom of nonstop begonia

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Attract a Large Variety of Songbirds

five eggs in nest

Spring has sprung and the birds are busy building nests and laying eggs. They go where they feel safe and protected. In this photo, it is on an artificial wreath. Luckily, the birds came back to sit on the nest even after the wreath was moved to a more convenient area than the front door!

The greater variety of plants in your garden, especially those that offer berries or cover, the greater the variety of birds visiting. If you want to attract even more songbirds in your yard, try supplementing their diet with some treats. Wild omnivorous birds love them!

Pesticide-free worms and insects are great for mother bird's health. A healthy bird equals healthy babies. We want the nesting experience to be as successful as possible.

These treats are canned in their own juices in servings sizes good for 24 hours once opened. Try a waxworm, mealworm, cricket or superworm treat and develop a personal relationship with the songbirds visiting your yard.

Visit our giftshop for information on attracting birds to your garden. A variety of feeders and other supplies are on display.

Proper Tree Planting

shovel digging in dirtTrees are long term investments that you want to be beautiful, healthy and grow well in your landscape.

This does not happen by chance. Having chosen the best tree for your space, you now need to plant it correctly.

Troy, our installation expert, will lead you through the questions you need to ask yourself regarding placement. He will cover hole depth and width, soil preparation, fertilization, watering techniques and aftercare.

He has guidelines to help you know whether to stake a tree or not.

There are common and simple errors he will help you avoid. You do NOT want to have a weak or dying tree due to planting mistakes.

What:  Proper Tree Planting

When: April 22, 2015 @ 11AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmton Rd., Beaverton OR 97007

Cost: Free but please register

Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone: 503.649.4568

 

What's New and Blooming 4/15/2015

 Hanging Baskets for Shade or Sun

shade hanging basket fuchsia 

                        Freesia                                         Clematis 'Bourbon'

yellow freesia clematis 'Bourbon'

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Impatient for Strawberries!

I can’t wait until June!  Why?  Because I just put in my first strawberry patch and I want home grown, warm from the sun, perfectly ripe strawberries!!!

Here’s what you need to know to grow your own patch: First choose a variety

There are two main types of strawberry plants.  June-bearers produce one crop in June/July and are great if you need large quantities for making jams or large desserts. Everbearers or day neutrals which produce two or more crops per year, one in June/July and one in fall with a scattering of fruit in between, give you fresh picking all summer long.

This year Farmington Gardens is carrying the June-bearers 'Hood' and 'Chandler' strawberries and the everbearing 'Albion', 'Quinault', 'Seascape' and 'Sequoia' strawberries.

Next choose a planting area in full sun. We recommend adding Dr. Earth Starter fertilizer. It is natural, has the optimum level of primary ingredients for your strawberry starts, and has mycorrhizae to help the roots absorb those nutrients. Dr Earth Starter

Plant the June-bearers in a rows about 15” apart with space for the runner plants to fill in to form a matted row.  Plant the everbearer strawberries about 12” apart as these plants do not produce the number of runners that the June-bearing plants produce. Place the strawberries in the ground by spreading the roots out and setting the plant such that the midpoint of the crown is level with the soil.

Your June-bearer plants will produce very little fruit the first year, but the everbearers will produce a small crop the year they are planted. Strawberries have shallow roots so be sure to keep them well watered.

Now, just wait. This summer, enjoy the sun and the strawberries.

Cedar Planter Boxes

cedar planter boxes in a variety of sizes

Made from a renewable resource, our cedar planter boxes are naturally resistant to rot and insects. Their color allows the beauty of the plants to be the focal point and will enhance any patio or balcony.

Constructed locally, they are made to last. The boxes come with extra strengthening support pieces inside as well as substantial drain holes. They come fitted with feet to allow good drainage all year round.

Available, while supplies last, in a variety of rectangular and square shapes from 8 to 24 inches high and from 16 to 36 inches wide. They can be used as small vegetable or flower gardens or for individual smaller trees and shrubs.

Rhododendron 'Ken Janeck'

Ken Janeck Yak Rhododendron pink flowers Ken Janeck Yak Rhododendron pink flowers, white flowers

 

The rhododendron 'Ken Janeck' is perfect for gardens which have a smaller footprint. It is compact and mounding, growing only 3 feet tall and 4 feet wide. The truss of flowers start out with dark pink buds and open to a paler pink that fades to white.

'Ken Janeck' is a yak rhododendron which means fuzzy underleaf of Ken Janeck Yak Rhododendronit has thick, leathery leaves with fawn colored indumentum - a fuzzy covering on the back side of the leaves. These are great deterrents against lacebugs.

Planted in shade or part sun in well drained acidic soil, rhododendron yakushimanum 'Ken Janeck' will give you a long bloom time starting mid spring.

Raised Gardens

 

 Blessed as we are with Oregon clay, rainy winters and rainy springs, we look for creative ways to get around wet, hard soils. Using raised beds not only solves the problem of poor drainage, it extends our overall gardening season.

 Are raised beds difficult to make? No, they can be as simple as mounding your soil but they are much easier to maintain when solid sides are used.

 Our class will cover different methods of creating raised beds, how to calculate the amount of soil you need and how to amend your present soil.

 Find out why you can start planting earlier than normal in raised beds and with season extenders, how you can start even earlier than that!

Where to site your bed, how to prevent animals from enjoying your plants and ideas on watering will also be discussed.

What:  Raised Bed Gardening                                                 

When: April 19th, 2015 @ 11AM

Where: Farmington Gardens

              21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:    Free but please register

Email:  events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone: 503.649.4568

Raised cedar beds will be available for purchase