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I could sense it in the air this morning, I pulled on a sweatshirt and raked a few leaves and by evening I was pouring a glass of red wine and lighting a candle. Small rituals I usually reserve for fall. But my favorite part of fall, is the opportunity to change planters with appropriate… Continue reading Falling into Autumn
Here’s a recent planter redesign we did for a client’s traditional home with painted gray brick, burgundy front door, and fireclay brick landing. The client wanted to change her modern turquoise planters and asked Gardinia to create a more traditional and longer-lasting look. The Before: Pink Chaos Coleus, Purple Germanium, Light Pink Blast Calibrachoa, and Ray… Continue reading Modern to Traditional Planter Redesign
Joanna: “Awe, look at the cute bunny! Isn’t it great, how there’s cute bunnies everywhere in Seattle now?” Peter: “Bunnies are a pest! If I had my air rifle right now, I’d shoot it. I don’t know why there hasn’t been an uprising against bunnies in this city yet.” Yes, it’s a little ironic that… Continue reading Garden Varmints – Blocking Bunnies
Talk to a gardener and most will tell you about the one plant that is a must in their garden. My love affair with plants began with hydrangeas. I know I am not the only one, whether it is the big blousy blooms of an Annabelle, the forever changing colors of a panicle or the… Continue reading Dividing Hydrangeas, Since One is Never Enough
So you had to remove a lot of healthy tree peony root bits when pruning out rot, or prying the plant away from your home’s ancient irrigation system? Good! This is a marvelous opportunity to create your very own grove of tree peonies because: You can propagate a tree peony by root! Mind you, the odds of… Continue reading Propagating Tree Peonies by Root
Tree peonies usually need little pruning, just some light clips to remove dead wood and spent flowers. They are extremely slow growing, and often take 10 years or more to fully mature. Severely cutting back a tree peony will remove the years of growth you patiently waited for, as well as its spectacular spring show.… Continue reading Hard Pruning Tree Peonies
Like herbaceous and intersectional varieties, tree peonies are touchy about transplanting – all conditions must be just so. If it’s the wrong season, depth, light, etc., they will get very passive aggressive on you. They might yield no flowers, or worse, teeny tiny flowers that are a far cry from the luscious blooms you expected.… Continue reading Transplanting Tree Peonies in Summer