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Fall is Here                                Pumpkins, gourds and corn stalks

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 Gift Shop.

Winter Vegetable Gardening in Seattle

Don't quit on your vegetable garden yet! You can still be harvesting fresh greens and more after the warm season has left us. You can grow lettuces, spinach, kale and chard through most, if not all, the winter months. Plant seeds now or come buy prestarted packs of greens from us for an earlier crop. Fresh home grown beets and brussel sprouts often taste even better after a little cool weather. Plant onion starts or sets and garlic now for harvest next spring and summer. You can find several varieties of both hard neck and soft neck garlic at Magnolia Garden Center and we can tell you the best way to plant them if you've never done it before.

Winter Cover Crops and Burlap Mulching

To keep your garden from being overrun with weeds this winter, plant either a cover crop of mulch it with leaves, straw or even burlap. We now have free burlap (previously used for cocoa or coffee beans) for all of our vegetable gardeners to cover up your soil till spring. We also have a few bales of straw left (but you'll have to find your own leaves if you choose to go that route.)

  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.

  Tomato Time

June is here, the days are getting warmer and that means it is time to get your warm season crops in the ground. This includes tomatoes, tomatillos, basil, eggplant, cucumbers and peppers.

Tomatoes are one of those summertime favorites that everyone looks forward to all year. There is nothing better than fresh from the garden tomatoes. Whether you are making salsa, tomato sauce, a garden fresh salad or adding slices to a delicious sandwich, tomatoes are the essential ingredient. The taste of a freshly grown tomato far surpasses those from any grocery store. Home grown tomatoes can make an average meal spectacular and can transform a novice gardener into a culinary master. No one will be able to resist this delectable bounty!

We have over 40 varieties to choose from including cherry tomatoes like the ever popular Sungold, sauce tomatoes such as Roma and slicing tomatoes like Stupice. Come in today and fill your garden with the flavors of summer!

Click HERE for more information about our tomatoes. Find out more about our other Vegetable plants by clicking the links.

 

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

We currently have many blooming peony varieties in stock including the Itoh Peonies Misaka (Beautiful Blossom) and Takara (Treasure) pictured above

Beautiful City Trees for Your Yard

There are now lots of ornamental trees available for planting in your yard. For starters we've got dozens of varieties of Japanese Maples. From dwarf weeping types to strong upright growers, you can get the perfect shape for that particular place in the yard. You will find Magnolias in both deciduous flowering types and evergeen Southern types. There are nice tall Stewartias and Witch Hazels to instantly transform a space. Come on in and check out while the selection is at its max!

It's Time - Organic Herbs and Veggies are Now Here! If you didn't get your seeds started by now, you may want to get started by planting vegetable and herb starts 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, tomatoes, beans, peas, beets and much more all ready and as always all organically grown.     

Flavorful Fruit Trees Now Here

  You can enjoy fresh fruit picked from your own trees in your yard. Even if you've never done this before, we can show you how easy it is to reap tasty harvests every year. Whether apples, pears, cherries or something a little more exotic let us help you establish a mini orchard. Check out the varieties now available You'll find combination trees with several varieties on a single trunk including regular tree shaped plants as well as espaliered trees to maximize your space.

 

Plant Summer Blooming Pink DahliaBulbs Now!                                     

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.

 

Anna's 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.

Enjoy 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 showing signs of becoming those tasty berries waiting to pop into your mouth. Buds are also becoming evident on the RazzelBerry Raspberries - a perfect container plant for deck or patio.

Cherries developing.

 

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.                       

 

Figs 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.

 

Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers 

 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 (see picture at right.) 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.

            

Summer Blooming 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.

Colorful pots 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.

 

 

 

 

 

    

 

Glorious Hydrangeas                         

We have a huge collection of 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: Golden Crane & Tuff Stuff Reblooming Mountain Hydrangeas (A couple of  Monrovia/Dan Hinkley introductions), White Diamonds, Pinky Winky, Blushing Bride, Endless Summer, Let's Dance Starlight, Invincibelle Spirit, Incrediball, Vanilla Strawberry, Pinky Winky, Frillibet, Expressions, Phantom, Limelight and Little Lime. Stop by and add one of these beauties to your yard today!

 

 

 

 

 

Hydrangea paniculata Limelight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Flowers

July is an excellent time to start enjoying all of the lovely blooms you planted this spring, or to add even more color to your current collection. Our nursery is a veritable painter's palate of color at the moment. Stop by and enjoy the sights and smells of summer blooms today!

 

What's New Right Now

Summer is here and it is time to fill your landscape or garden with all the colorful plants and veggies that are available right now. Flowers such as petunias, snapdragons, impatiens and geraniums are in full bloom and are ready to transform your garden beds or containers with much needed vibrant color. It is also time to select and plant some of our healthy, organic and delicious herbs and vegetables. Cool season crops like lettuce, broccoli, cabbage and kale are available, as are warm season crops like cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. Get these veggies in the ground now to ensure a summertime harvest of home grown, delectable produce, better than anything you could buy at a grocery store.   

Cacti and Succulents Have Arrived

 Have you ever wanted to experience the beauty and satisfaction of having a house plant, without all of the worry and care that a tropical houseplant requires? We have the perfect thing for you! We just received a large order of cacti and succulents. Many of them are blooming and all of them are fantastically beautiful and unique.

 

We have everything from Echeveria, Kalanchoe, and Aloe, to Crassula, Sedum and Cacti. They all come in a multitude of colors, shapes and textures, that will fit any planting container and home decor. The best part about these plants is their low maintenance nature. They practically thrive on neglect. Just give them a sunny corner and watch them bloom and grow with ease!

 

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