Monthly Archives: April 2015

Favorite Plant Friday – Redbud

Driving around neighborhoods on these early spring days you may see a small garden tree full of purplish-pink flower on bare branches. This is the Eastern Redbud – Cercis canadensis. It is hardy in zones 5-9 and grows slowly to a mature height of 25′ or so, making it an excellent choice for smaller gardens.… Read More »

Favorite Plant Friday – Fringe Tree

Since it is National Arbor Month this month will be filled with 4 of my favorite trees. Just starting to bloom now around Portland is the Fringe Tree, Chionanthus virginica. This showstopper is a deciduous tree (USDA Zone 4-9) which has a rounded, shrubby habit. It will grow slowly to 20′ or so which makes it… Read More »

“I’ve made compost, now what?”

Spring is in the air!  New seed catalogs are arriving daily, trees are blooming, perennials are breaking through the warming earth and insects are abuzz.  And, after months and months of being broken down by microbes and fed upon by worms, kitchen scraps and yard debris has turned in to rich compost in our composting… Read More »