attracting birds

Bling on the Wing: 12 Months of Flowers for Hummingbirds

Bling on the Wing: 12 Months of Flowers for Hummingbirds

Western Washington hosts two species of hummingbirds, the Anna’s Hummingbird and the Rufous. Learn how to improve your habitat and see plant suggestions for each season so that you can turn your garden into a year-round hummingbird feeder with flowers that provide nectar every day of the year.

7 Things To Do With Your Tree After Christmas

7 Things To Do With Your Tree After Christmas

The holidays are winding down and despite the desire to keep your beautifully-decorated Christmas tree as a centerpiece in your living room forever, at some point (sob!) it's gotta go.   Here are 7 ways to transform your tree into a critter-feeding-&-sheltering-kid-entertaining-garden-mulching-protecting thing of wonder this year, courtesy of our friends at Horticultural Magazine.

The Virtues Of Charity

The Virtues Of Charity

Greetings from the depths of winter. January in Puget Sound country. Dark in the morning. Dark in the afternoon. And it's mostly dreary in between. As a saving grace, our relatively moderate winter temperatures offer a hospitable climate for a dazzling array of winter blooming shrubs. And there is no better winter bloomingshrub for greater Pugetopolis than Mahonia x media 'Charity'. 

Why We Garden: Reason # 45 - Popcorn Birds

Why We Garden: Reason # 45 - Popcorn Birds

Each bird took his or her turn trying to land on the stalks supporting the seed heads, with predictably hilarious results. The stalks couldn't support the weight, and the little birds slid off. A few tried the hummingbird approach, wildly flapping their wings to stay in place while pecking at the seed heads. Others tried the popcorn technique - bounce up from the ground, wings flapping, and snap at the seeds on your way down.