Spring is Here and it's
Time to Plant your Organic Garden!
Why not get the best quality and yield from
your garden this year. We can show you how. There is still time to plant
lots of great veggies in your garden, P Patch, patio containers or ???If you didn't get your seeds started by now,
you may want to get started by planting
vegetable and herb
plants instead. You'll be much closer to enjoying a delicious
organically home grown meal when you put these
organically grown vegetable starts in the ground. We've been sourcing
organically grown vegetables for Magnolia Garden Center since the late 90's
and have found lots of great vegetable varieties for your growing pleasure. Enjoy fresh and organic produce this year by planting your
veggie starts now. You can find many varieties of lettuce, romaine, kale and other leafy greens; as well as artichokes, broccoli,
30 varieties of tomatoes
including Ketchup N' Fries the new tomato/potato combination plant, beans, peas, beets and much more all
ready for your planting pleasure.
Pictured above: Staff helping new
gardeners choose the right plant.
Plant Summer Blooming
There is still time to
plant dahlias, lillies, gladiolus, crocosmia, crinum, begonias and
several other summer flowering bulbs in your
garden and your potted containers so you can be greeted by lots of
bright colors throughout the summer! Spend a few minutes now to
plant them, forget about them and then you'll be surprised when they
pop up later in the season - A great investment in time now for some
summer cheeriness! We've got packaged bulbs to help make it easier
to get the colors and numbers you'll need.
Hummingbirds love Mahonia
The best way to attract the
wintering Anna's Hummingbirds to your yard is to plant a "hummingbird
feeder" in your yard. One of the best type of plants to attract hummers this
time of year is Oregon Grape or Mahonia. There are lots of nice varieties
for the urban landscape that offer compact size together with abundant
flowers for pretty blooms as well as great feeding opportunities for
wintering hummingbirds. Other great northwest hummingbird plants include:
Flowering Red Current, larger Rosemary plants (almost continuous blooming
all winter), hardy Fuchsia (as well as the annual hanging basket-type),
Penstemmon, Coral Bells, Strawberry Trees, ornamental Sage (Salvia),
Columbine, Beebalm, Echinacea, Lupine and many more. Most of these also
attract butterflies as well.
home grown fruit this summer!
There is lots of fruit setting and starting
to grow on the vines and trees here at the Garden Center. Blueberries are
budding up well and are on their way to becoming those tasty berries waiting to pop
into your mouth. Buds are also becoming evident on the Raspberry Shortcake
Raspberries - a perfect container plant for deck or patio. We sold out over
Mother's Day but more will be here late this week.
Apples can be seen on the patio friendly
Columnar apple "trees". These grow on a single trunk and can be planted in a
container if you don't have space for a real tree.
developing on several of our dwarf figs trees. We will show you the best techniques to get the most
from these wonderful plants. There are plants in stock ready for planting
now or later in the spring.
Whether its tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, cucumbers,
beans or what-have-you, wait until the soil warms enough so these more
hot-season plants can take off when planted. Last year we planted up one of our raised garden beds
here at the store in late April and by late May we were ready to harvest many
of the lettuces, kales and romaines we put in. This is only
a 4' X 4' space and we had nearly 20 heads of lettuce, beets, peas, some
onions, herbs and more. You can be enjoying fresh salad from your own
garden in late spring if you plant in April. Perhaps its time to start
getting your garden ready.
Bulbs Are Now Here
While the spring blooming bulbs are busy
growing beneath our gardens and pots, you can start to get ready for the
growing season by taking a few minutes and getting your summer bulbs in the
ground or in a pot. You will now find a great selection of vibrantly colored dahlia
tubers ready to spring into action once they are laid in the ground or into
one of your summer containers. They will give you tremendous quantities of
flowers all the way through the summer and well into fall for such little
effort this time of year. In fact they will
keep producing right up until we get our first frost of the season which may
not even happen until winter! Come in soon for the best color choices and
we'll show you how simple it is.
grow colorful vegetables!
From cedar raised garden beds to fiberglass
pots to EarthBoxes you will find lots of ways to grow edibles beautifully at
Magnolia Garden Center. There are hundreds of pots, containers, grow boxes,
raised garden bed kits, wine barrels and more to choose from. Stop by and
check 'em out. Click here
for more information.
Itoh Peonies and more
"If you admire the colorful exotic flowers of tree peonies but prefer the
perennial growing cycle of its herbaceous counterpart, Itoh peonies, also
know as Intersectional hybrids, are made for you. In the quest to create a true yellow herbaceous peony, in 1948 breeder
Toichi Itoh was the first to successfully cross a tree peony with a
herbaceous selection. However, because these plants were slow to
multiply and expensive to produce, they were only available to a limited
market. This all changed in 2004 when a tissue culture laboratory
learned how to produce Itoh Peonies in vitro.
Itoh Peonies resemble tree peonies with a domed, vigorous
growth habit and large double flowers with disease-resistant lacy, dark
green foliage. They are winter dormant and grown exclusively in our
Oregon nursery." MONROVIA PLANTS
Takara (Treasure) pictured above
We have a huge
beautiful hydrangeas in bloom right now. They are just covered
with flowers and look simply divine. Here is a current list of those
in stock: Annabelle, Golden Crane & Tuff Stuff Reblooming Mountain Hydrangeas
(A couple of Monrovia/Dan Hinkley introductions), Pinky Winky, Endless Summer, Invincibelle
Spirit, Vanilla Strawberry, Expressions, Limelight and Little Lime. Stop by and add one
of these beauties to your yard today!
Fall is Here
As the days get
just a bit cooler and the nights just a little longer its time to
start getting ready for a visit from the Great Pumpkin! And
to help get ready we have all the decorations you'll need from corn
stalks (with real ears of corn) and straw bales to Cinderella
pumpkins, ghost pumpkins and more. And for Thanksgiving you will
find lots of great decor in our Fall display at the Magnolia Garden
Winter Birds of the Pacific Northwest
Birds often struggle to get enough to eat in the winter. They rely primarily
on wild foods such as fruit on trees and seed heads. However, due to changes in
their environment or scarcity in an urban environment, these wild foods are often
in short supply and many birds supplement the naturally available food with
seed and suet found in home bird feeders.
Feeding birds is
a good way to get them through the harshest parts of the winter
months, but ultimately does little to counteract loss of environment. Still, having birds in your yard is a great way to interact with, learn
about, and appreciate nature. In addition to feeding birds, planting trees and
shrubs that produce fruit or seed, is a great way to create a
safe and abundant place for wild birds to congregate and survive the winter.
Here at Magnolia Garden Center, we offer a wide range of products to suit
your birding interests. Everything from food and feeders to bird houses and
squirrel baffles. Check out our selection
Here. Below is a guide to which types of man-made foods birds in the PNW prefer during