Fall 2021 Open Days and General Update!

Hey, we’re still alive! Who knew? You might think, seeing as how the last blog update was over a year ago, that we had vanished from the face of the earth. But no, we are still very much here, and we still have a whole lot of exciting and unique plants for your gardens. You didn’t think we would run out of plants, did you? I certainly can’t imagine that! No matter how many we sell, there always seem to be more.

So after being open by appointment only all spring and summer (and through a third party sign-up page that didn’t get a lot of use), we now have decided to go the other direction for the fall season and just open up–no appointment needed–for Saturdays in September and much of October, which for many people is a popular time to shop. We figure we might as well try to rake in a little cash before the impending zombie apocalypse sets in, and it will be good to get some space cleared out in the greenhouses. Who knows, to make things more customer friendly, I may even get really ambitious and knock back some of the grass in front of greenhouse 4.

Now as of this moment that I am typing, on September 8th, in the year of our Lord 2021, the availability list is still out of date. As such, many (not all!) of the plants on there have sold out, or have been moved up to a larger size. Also, new plants are available which are not listed. However, I have blocked out enough time to make a whole new list, which should be done by September 14th. It may take until late evening that day for me to upload it, but at least it will be done almost on time for the fall planting and shipping season.

So, how has this summer been on your garden? Some of us will have noticed how stressed many garden plants are this year, after a very dry spring and a hot summer. And I don’t have to tell you about our big heat wave which directly burned so many plants. Even if we have always had dry summers in this part of the world, weather like this reinforces why our plants just make sense. It is my hope that the selection of plants we promote will continue to catch on and enjoy wider use.

This summer has been so dry that we have noticed even some of the Australian plants we promote looking stressed out, in some situations. New Zealand plants still look good in cooler gardens and right at the coast, but the New Zealand garden at the University of Washington Arboretum is definitely looking a bit rough in places. Of course, New Zealand and southeast Australia tend to be rich in plants that are only moderately drought tolerant, and which are still adapted to more summer rainfall in nature than we have here. So what’s looking really great? Plants native to California and the Mediterranean region, where summers are truly hot and dry–and also, of course, many succulents (though in some cases, even these will respond to summer water). Things like Cistus and manzanita continue to take this weather in stride.

Now to some other housekeeping issues. Believe it or not, I have been working on re-vamping the website, but just not often enough to have anything worth uploading. It’s probably best not to say much about that until I have some results to show for it. It’s easy to make small changes (as I have just done today to announce our open days), but larger changes require a lot more time and input. Stay tuned for more on that.

Also if you scroll down the blog just a bit, you will see that I started a blog discussion about municipal street trees. A promised follow-up is mentioned, and then what happened? Well, believe it or not, I didn’t forget; I am just slow. In fact, I have a whole lot of content that is almost ready to go, including a new blog post and lengthy web site article. It’s just a matter of making time to find the photos I need and put the page together. But that will be coming soon, and it will be exciting.

Unless sales in September vastly exceed expectations, I am probably not going on any major trips this fall to collect seeds and/or cuttings. It doesn’t really make sense, because rental cars are expensive now, and it has been a drought year in the Southwest. It is more important for me to remain here at the nursery and get things cleaned up for winter. I will, however, do some local cuttings from a few locales in Washington. At minimum, I will probably revisit the upper Dungeness Canyon, Chelan County, and the Packwood area. I will also have the adventure of chopping through the back of greenhouses 2 and 3, where ample cutting material exists for many plants I have not been able to see or reach for years, and in some cases have probably forgotten about. That’s at least as exciting as a trip to Arizona, right? I can hardly wait!

We look forward to seeing you this fall. Pick a Saturday and come on out!

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. danger garden
    Sep 18, 2021 @ 10:24:56

    Hey, good to know you’re still there! I’m wondering what your current stock is like for Grevillea rivularis. Not because I need one, but because if you do (need one, or two or three) I have seedlings to share with you. My mature plant didn’t like the late freeze/ice in February and I took it out. Now many the seeds it dropped over the years are sprouting. Let me know.


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