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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:

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

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.