What's Blooming 4.04.2016

Color for the Shade Garden

                    Hardy Orchid                                Gold Bleeding Heart

        Pink Dragonfly Bergenia                   Leprachaun Gold Columbine

           Dianes Gold Brunnera                      Canary Feathers Corydalis

Hardening Off Your Seedlings

5 Steps to Harden Off Seedlings

Plants are like babies. When we start them indoors, we keep them sheltered and give them everything they need for success—consistent temperature, plenty of light, and the perfect amount of water. But eventually, they have to go into the big outside world, and that’s why you need to “harden off” your seedlings. Hardening off is the process of getting indoor-started seedlings accustomed to the outdoor environment by gradually exposing them to daily shifts in temperature, light, and water. As you prepare your onion, pepper, and tomato plants (or any others) for transplant, read your seed packet to know when to transplant outdoors as not at all crops tolerate frost. Below are some general guidelines to help your seedlings get all “grown up.”

Love Shaped Leaves of the Redbuds

The shape of the leaf says it all...  LOVE

And you have to love the spring showing of the cercis canadensis, also known as Eastern Redbuds. The branches are totally covered with tight clusters of pink to lavender buds which burst open into pea-like blossoms.

These trees are native in parts of the country and are easily established here. They like full sun to part shade, good drainage and regular deep water the first year. Once strong roots have developed, they are less demanding.

A variety of leaf color and shapes have been developed giving these trees have year round interest.

Most are upright in shape while Lavender Twist and Ruby Falls have a weeping form.

Leaves vary from dark glossy green - Eastern, to green variegated with cream and pink - Silver Cloud- to maroon red - Ruby Falls and Burgundy Hearts- to an ever changing combination of apricot to orange to light green - Rising Sun. The names tell it all.

Redbuds are so unique, they really warrent being given a spot to show off in the garden. They can be perfect in a smaller garden or catch your eye in a large space like our display garden.

They are ready to start their show. 

Now would be a great time to see the choices for your garden.

What's Blooming 3.26.2016

Welcome Spring Sunshine Yellows!


                        Oregon Grape                                            Euryops 'Sunshine'



                           Callas                                                      Magnolia 'Butterflies'

Click on photos for larger view

Lawson cypress 'Treasure Island'

Rain Chains - Kusari-Doi

Rain chains or 'kusari-doi' are traditionally from Japan.

Decorative on any style house, they divert water falling on roof tops from storm drain systems on to the land. There is less possibility of fast filling ponds and creeks during heavy rain periods and our gardens enjoy the extra water absorbed during the occasional rains of summer and autumn.

How do rain chains work?

Rain chains can replace all or some of your downspouts. The water will then run down the chain to a base of your choosing. It can be as simple as a bowl or a concrete plate -slightly slanted away from the house foundation, or a gravel pit or river rocks leading down to another part of the garden. You could also have the chain end in a water barrel. The rain water could then be used later in the season as needed.


These are some of the styles available at Farmington Gardens.

The sound (listen) of water running down a rain chain can be quite melodic depending on the style. Those with cups would create more of a rhythmic splashing sound. This sound coupled with the display of the moving liquid makes an attractive water feature powered by Mother Nature.

More info for Portland residents.



What's Blooming 3.20.2016

pops of spring color!


                 Aubrieta                                           Lilac 'Pocahontas'

             English Daisy                                      Centaurea montana

                                                                              'Amythyst Dream'

Senetti                                                 Candytuft 'Purity'

Spring Pet Day

Cool Season Crops

The soil in raised beds warms up and dries faster than in most garden beds. If your soil has been amended and is loose, you can be growing vegetables now - even with these cooler nights. Kale, spinach, mustards, onions are a few.

Some vegetables thrive under those cooler conditions and may become bitter with warmer temperatures and bloom set.

Peas will actually need to be mulched to prevent their soil from warming up too much!

After a few more of these predicted sunny days to warm up the soil even more, you can be seeding directly outside. Carrots, radishes, lettuce, beets etc. This guide from Botanical Interests can help.

Rhubarb, bareroot strawberries, fruit trees, berry bushes can all be planted now. Herbs with thicker leaves can also be set out. Rosemary, sage, parsley and more.

What should be avoided are the more tender herbs like basil, and warm season vegetables like melons and tomatoes.  Soil and air temperatures need to increase.

Frost dates for Oregon.

There is enough that you can plant out now, be they vegetable starts or seeds, bushes, trees and roots. Get your green thumb on and enjoy these sunny days!

Organic Food Gardening with Randy from Malibu Farms

Randy from Malibu Farms is passionate about protecting our environment with sustainable practises. He will share some choices you can make toward non-toxic gardening and growing organic food.

Learn about organic composting, about using some plants and certain insects to deter unwanted pests. Hear successful tips and tricks from Malibu Farm that you can use in your garden.

What:    Organic Food Gardening
When:   April 24th, 2016 @ 1PM
Where:  Farmington Gardens
               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
Cost:      Free but please REGISTER
Phone:   503.649.4568

Planting Your Vegetable Garden

Jenny wants you to be successful with growing edibles.

Knowing the amount of sunlight needed for good growth, good soil prep, and spacing of plants will get you started. Learn how you can mix edible flowers and herbs with your vegetables so that they might deter pests while providing food for your table. Have your questions about fertilizing, mulching and diseases answered.

Join Jenny in another of her informative fun-filled classes.

What:    Planting Your Vegetable Garden
When:   April 9th, 2016 @ 1PM and repeated on

              April 11th, 2016 @ 10AM
Where:  Farmington Gardens
               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
Cost:      Free but please REGISTER
Phone:   503.649.4568