Spring is coming! We will be busy with deliveries of bareroot trees, shrubs and edibles. We are ordering early spring perennials and some herbs. Bulbs will be arriving, ready to plant. Watching plants begin to bud and filling empty tables, is our favorite time in the nursery. Now is a good time to visit and let us help you with your garden plans this season.
It’s time for rose care. February and into March is the recommended time for pruning roses and the first fertilizing of the season. It’s a great time to add to your rose garden with new selections, arriving soon. Traditional PNW favorites as well as many of the newest selections and award winners are available to add fragrant color to your garden.
Garden Clean Up: Take advantage of milder temperatures and a bit more sun and get the garden tidied up for spring. Finish up pruning chores on deciduous trees and fruits, cut back clematis vines and ornamental grasses, and prune roses, grapes and wisteria. Clean up around herbaceous perennials as they begin to emerge and don’t forget to bait for slugs.
Plan for Early Color: Don’t despair if you never got around to planting bulbs last fall. Bulb packs of your favorites – daffodils and crocus, hyacinths and tulips – will be coming in, already started, ready to add instant early spring color. Accent them with colorful, hardy primroses in a rainbow of shades.
Sweet Peas: President’s Day is the traditional planting date for both colorful and fragrant sweet peas. And check out our seeds and supplies for growing any of your favorite vegetables and flowers from seed – soils, pots, heat mats and other supplies.
And be sure to visit Li’l Sprout at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show at the Seattle Convention Center February 22-25. We will have a retail booth selling bulk Stargazer & Casa Blanca lily bulbs, 4″ conifers, hard to find bareroot Japanese Maples and other interesting trees., along with a variety of plants. We will also have a selection of garden art, all at special show prices. Early bird tickets are on sale now for $17.00, good for any day of the show.