NEWSLETTER: September open house!

Dear Friends,

Well, it looks like summer has decided to show up after all! It always does, though; even if we only get three weeks of it. Late summer is my favorite time of the year, when everything turns brown and crispy outside, and you know we are just a couple short months away from our first major arctic blast. (Did I really just say that?) All those poor, sad hydrangeas and red maples are looking really stressed by now if they are not on irrigation. How sad. We really feel bad for them, but not bad enough to try to convince people to replace them with something more appropriate.

To celebrate this exciting season we are hosting our second open house ever here at the nursery on September 1 – 3! You can visit this site for directions. Why should you come to this one if you were just here? Well, certain plants that were not really ready to sell at the time of the previous open house have now filled out and are looking good. We also expect the both weather and traffic to be improved this time around.

If that isn’t enough to get you excited to come out here, I will be offering a presentation here at the nursery! I will be discussing plants native to the Southwest that do well in the Pacific Northwest. The presentation will be at 5:00 pm on Saturday, September 1st and it’s free! I will show you a variety of exciting ornamental plants that are cold-hardy and great for beating the drought. Some of them will be available for you to purchase and add to your garden right away.

Speaking of planting stuff, would you believe that the plants we put out in early September 2011 are looking great now? That’s right, we think September is a great time to plant. Of course the slogan “fall is for planting” has been around for a while, but we didn’t really get what the fuss was about until we moved here, and away from heavy clay soil where spring planting seemed to work pretty well. Yeah, you have to water for a few weeks, but during that time the plants are putting out lots of roots and will reward you with excellent growth in the spring! Especially if you mulch them.

Early September is also a great time for an open house because our selection reaches its peak about this time of the year! So even if we are a little behind on potting things up, there are still plenty of exciting plants to choose from. And this would be the place to mention that we have updated the specimen plant list since July with a lot more cool stuff! Finally, as always, if you can’t make it to the open house, you can always come and visit by appointment!

Speaking of plant lists, the mail-order list is still pretty up to date, and the sooner you get your order in, the sooner you can get planting! We have a few more things in the pipeline to add later this fall, which we will announce.

We must also mention that we will be trying a new plant sale this September, hosted by the Salem Hardy Plant Society on September 15. So if you’re in Oregon you have another chance to get in your special requests from us! This is our first time doing this sale, but we got invited so thought we would give it a try! Please come out if you can and help make it a success. We will also be at the NHS sale that same weekend, but with a more limited selection of plants than in past years.

Now you’re up to date on all the latest news from the Sequim desert. Thanks for reading!

Ian & Co.
The Desert Northwest
PO Box 3475
Sequim, WA 98382


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mark and Gaz
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 00:22:32

    Yay for the arrival of summer there 🙂 Good luck with the open house!


  2. Ian
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 10:35:18

    Thanks! Actually, August hasn’t been bad at all – we will probably end up a degree or two above normal, and no measurable precipitation.


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