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July in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat Landscape Designer Spring delivers a rich visual return on the gardener’s investment, but July and August are a different matter altogether. If you don’t put some effort into sustaining action, things will peter out much earlier than they need to. Part of the reason the spring garden is independently active is due to…

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Two Bainbridge Accidents Highlight Mowing/Trimming Dangers

Lawn mowing can be a dangerous business. Two Bainbridge incidents from the past week highlight the potential dangers of mowers and powered lawn tools and the need to exert caution. On June 18, a woman parked her car at her place of employment on Madison. When she returned to the vehicle, the safety glass in her rear…

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Garden Conservancy Opens 6 Local Private Gardens to Oglers June 28

The annual Garden Conservancy’s Open Days fundraiser invites the curious into the secret gardens of private homes. On June 28, you will gain access to four Bainbridge gardens and two across the Bridge for just $7 each. Short on cash? Weed out the ones you’re less interested in and focus on your favorites. Here they…

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June in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat Landscape Designer In the Essential Earthman, Henry Mitchell writes, “I always warn myself (with very little result) against the beauty of the late May early June garden, which can overpower and unbalance the rest of the year—to say nothing of the gardener.” I couldn’t agree more, but have decided to give myself…

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May in the Garden: Sow Veggies, Fertilize Rhodies & Plant Dahlia Bulbs

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer May’s warming temperatures and rain create the perfect storm for weeds. But if you need a break from staying ahead of the invaders, here are a few enjoyable alternatives that will make you feel more like a gardener than a weed whacker. Sow Veggies During the first half of the month,…

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April in the Garden: Fertilize Now, But Wait to Plant Those Annuals

by Carina Langstraat, landscape designer It’s Time to Fertilize Your plants are now waking up and in need of nutrition so they are well-prepared for all the work that lies ahead of them this growing season. A lot of folks like the slow release fertilizers, but those are sometimes too slow for me. I find that…

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Bloedel Beats out White House for Greatest American Lawn

Grass Seed USA, a national coalition of grass seed farmers and agricultural educators whose mission is “to share the benefits of maintaining a healthy, environmentally friendly natural grass lawn,” has just named the Bloedel Reserve the Greatest American Lawn. Bloedel was up against the lawn at Central Park in NYC, The Lawn at the University of…

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Your Chance to Welcome Wildflowers and Native Plants into Your Life

Three events are coming together to fill your life with indigenous flora in April. Photographer Paul Brians’ Bainbridge wildflower photography exhibit just opened at the Bainbridge Library on Friday, April 3. The exhibit, which will be up all month, consists of 55 photos taken on the Island, showcasing our native plants. Then this Thursday, April 9, at…

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You Might Hear Roses Singing at Bloedel During National Poetry Month

I can sit on the top of a dune as motionless as an uprise of weeds, until the foxes run by unconcerned. I can hear the almost unhearable sound of the roses singing. —Mary Oliver, from “How I Go to the Woods” Maybe poet Oliver has spent time at Bloedel where the roses sing. Poets—and poetry—certainly…

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March in the Garden: Revive, Divide and Stop to Smell the Sarcococca

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Last month I directed readers to prune their fruit trees. Not one to give advice I don’t follow myself, I punctiliously headed off to our orchard with my Felcos and folding hand saw in an attempt to continue the process I began last year of bringing our old, neglected orchard back…

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February in the Garden? Early Birds Reap the Finest Flowers and Fruit

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer As I write this, I look out my window and can’t deny that nothing has changed in my garden for the last month. Perhaps certain sword ferns are laying a bit flatter than they were in December, and my ornamental grasses look a tad browner, but to my mind the garden…

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November in the Garden? There’s Plenty to Do for Die Hards

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Even the most enthusiastic of gardeners welcome the late fall and winter months as a chance to sit by the fire, flip through the seed catalogs, and generally rest from the physical demands of their garden. If you are lucky, you can do so with “the hound,” as Henry Mitchell…

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October in the Garden: Protect Your Beds and Seed That Lawn

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer October is the time to protect your garden with a green cover crop and leaf mulch; seed your lawn; plant garlic; and hold off on pruning your hydrangeas and ornamental grasses. Plant Your “Green Manure” Green manure is the term used to describe protecting your garden soil with a living plant,…

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Reflections on a Season of Relentless Abundance: Gardening Is About Love, Not Logic

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer First it was the peas—for me in late June. Before that there was lettuce but that doesn’t count in my mind because it comes so early I still see it as proof that it really will all happen again, despite what I thought in frigid January. Then came the garlic,…

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September in the Garden: Shepherd Your Yard into Fall

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer September is historically one of the best weather months in the Pacific Northwest. Still, our gardens are tipping us off to the rhythms of fall, with the plants showing signs of getting just plain tired of performing. While the sunny days may warm our bones, plants are chilled by the…

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August in the Garden

by Carina Langstraat, Landscape Designer Madronas Dropping Their Leaves Madronas are one of the few trees that drop their leaves at the end of July and early August. If you aren’t prepared for this, it’s common to believe the tree is in distress, which can then lead to valiant efforts to “save” the tree by…

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Letter to the Editor: The Director of the Bloedel Reserve Invites You to Visit Sans Car

For twenty-five years, the Bloedel Reserve has tried to solve the one question that riddles every business on Bainbridge Island outside of Winslow: How can we get walk-on visitors from the ferry out to the Reserve? We’ve dreamed of purchasing shuttle buses and considered making arrangements with RideShare companies, but nothing panned out. So imagine…

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The Hanging Garden of Rockaway Beach: A Photo Essay

by Paul Brians Residents of Rockaway Beach Drive are doubtless happy to have both lanes of the road back since work ended on the slope-retention project. Viewed from the ferry, the metallic terraces look jarringly artificial, but the plantings there will soon transform it into a lush hanging garden.            …

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Bainbridge About to Bloom for the 26th Time

The 26th Annual Bainbridge in Bloom Garden Tour opens this Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12. The Bloom is the primary fundraiser for the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. BIAHC Executive Director Barbara Sacerdote described this year’s tour: “We have something for everyone in this year’s garden tour, from an awe-inspiring landscape with a…

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Tour Four Local Gardens on Upcoming Garden Conservancy Open Days

The Garden Conservancy, a national organization dedicated to preserving and sharing “magnificent gardens” is holding a local Open Days program to give the public a chance to tour some spectacular yards. On Sunday, June 29, four Bainbridge gardens will be included on the list of six in Kitsap: Arcadia | 10450 Secretariat Lane NE This…

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