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What's Blooming 3.26.2016

Welcome Spring Sunshine Yellows!

 

                        Oregon Grape                                            Euryops 'Sunshine'

 

 

                           Callas                                                      Magnolia 'Butterflies'


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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
Email:    events@farmingtongardens.com
Phone:   503.649.4568

Magnolias Burst Into Bloom

Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'

Deciduous magnolia start budding out before their leaves. It is a joy to watch the deeper colored buds swell to wide, lighter blossoms. The flowers come star shaped, with many petals looking like bursting fireworks, and saucer shaped, the larger petals sometimes creating a 12 inch flower.

 

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial Blush'

Grown in loose, well drained soil, magnolias thrive with regular water and an early spring mulch to keep the young roots cool. Once established, they will do fine with water only during the warm, dry months and a feeding of slow release balanced fertilizer in the spring. Full sun is best.

Magnolia x 'Alexander'

Magnolias can be large shrubs or small trees. Lightly prune to shape after flowering and once mature, trim off the bottom branches for a tree form.

Magnolia x 'Vulcan'

Enjoy the changes of colors as the flowers mature. They are prolific and cover the entire plant. Now is the best time to see the blossoms and choose the variety for your garden.

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Garden Buddies 2016: Vegetables and Garden Markers

You can eat what you grow!

 

Our Garden Buddies will plant their own vegetable of choice and paint a stone sign to mark its place in the garden. Making it easy to spot and care for the plant helps your little ones show off their 'Green Thumb' produce from start to harvest.

 

What:    Vegetables and Garden Markers

When:   April 9th, 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

Lessons are geared toward children aged 5-10 but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage our Garden Buddies to dress appropriately for hands-on activities.

Indoor Mini Gardens with Angie

Indoor Gardens: A great way to satisfy your urge to create with plants!

 

 

Angie will show you how to be successful whether you want to create indoor fairy gardens, grow sprouts and vegetable starts for salads and sandwiches on your counter top, or grow mini houseplants in a terrarium. Don't want to get dirty fingers? She'll also show air plant possibilities!

 

 

These sunny winter days we’ve been enjoying are revving our gardening engines, making us antsy to get our fingers in the soil. But, if you’re like me, you walk out to your garden and realize it’s still really soaked. Ahhh, the disappointment! The sun on my back feels like 65 degrees, but my garden soil, even in my raised beds, is more like 50 degrees. Certainly not warm enough to get many, if any, seeds to germinate! So, what’s a gardener to do?