Roses are a favorite plant in almost every garden. Hardy and colorful, they keep blooming through the summer (with a little pruning) and return year after year. Some people have roses in their yards that have been growing for 100 years or more! Roses require little care, but following these tips will help your roses to look their best, produce more blooms and survive our often hot and dry summers.
Water & Mulch ThemSummer usually means hot, dry weather, and roses will need watering to keep them blooming. In most gardens, give them a deep soaking (to a depth of 10 to 12 inches) every two weeks. Avoidgetting the foliage wet, as this may increase disease problems. Watering in the morning will reduce evaporation and allow the foliage to dry ...Read more
Posted on 08/05/2016 at 09:49:00 AM
Mmmmm...there's nothing better on a warm summer day than fresh, delicious, home-grown blueberries! These little bundles of sweet-tart flavor are the perfect treat in pies, muffins, scones, smoothies, jams or just fresh off the vine. Right now, we have fresh blueberry plants at Windmill Gardens and, as some presidential candidates would say, "they're huuuuuuge!!!" You don't need a big yard to get big returns from just a few blueberry plants, and right now is a great time to plant them to enjoy now and every summer for years to come. But, more than just tasting good, blueberries are also good for your health. Just take a look at some of the things this powerful little berry boasts:
Antioxidants: These help our bodies fight against disease ...Read more
Posted on 07/26/2016 at 04:41:00 PM
Made in the Shade:
Three Trees We Love!
When those hot, sunny days sneak up on us here in the Pacific Northwest, a beautiful place to cool off and reflect are something we value. Things that comes to mind are trees, for their texture, beauty and cool shade. While there are many trees that fit that bill, here are three that we particularly love and are available right now!
LIRIODENDRON TULIPIFERA (Tulip Tree)
Tulip trees live up to their name withspectacular spring blooms that resemble the tulip flower. The leaves are also tulip-shaped and can get up to 8 inches long. In the spring, they boast a beautiful show of yellowish-green-to-orange cupped, fragrant flowers; in the fall watch for a brilliant display of golden foliage. Attractive to ...Read more
Posted on 07/21/2016 at 04:27:00 PM
Don't let a shady yard keep you from growing. Windmill Gardens has a lovely selection of perennials that will bring gorgeous color without the benefit of direct sunlight. These hardy plants are low maintenance and dependable—re-blooming year after year after year. Perennials boast bright blooms, interesting foliage and a unique texture that will add interest to any shade garden.
Here are a couple of our favorites!
The fuchsia flower is both exotic and beautiful, with striking two-tone colors. The delicate flowers have a unique shape that fans find both unusual and pleasing. Fuchsias work great just about anywhere in your landscape, but are especially impressive in hanging baskets. Their love of the shade makes them ideal f...Read more
Posted on 07/12/2016 at 12:00:00 PM
New Direct Line for Market Flowers (253) 891-7631. We are so excited to bring Fresh American Sourced flowers to the Sumner Valley and surrounding areas!
Posted on 07/12/2016 at 10:38:00 AM
Feeling a little adventurous this season? Perhaps it’s time to try the tomatillo (toh-m uh-TEE-oh), the green tomato in a husk. Grown all over the western hemisphere, and very popular in Texas gardens, the tomatillo is gaining popularity in our area as well. Not only is it a staple of Mexican cooking, but it also looks fabulous in your garden! The fruit, when hanging on the plant, is often described as looking like Chinese lanterns. Not only can the fruit can be eaten after peeling, when left in its husk, it can be used as decoration. How versatile!
Beautifully ornamental tomatillo
Posted on 05/18/2016 at 09:32:00 AM
Recently we asked our Grower, Benjamin Degoede, about what we are doing to contribute to growing healthy, happy plants for our consumers in regards to pesticides and the quest for more natural solutions.
Here is what he had to say on the subject:
Bio Control, what is it?
We use biological cotrols on our plants here at the Windmill as well as in our wholesale production. Essentially we stribe to use organic and sustainable solutions and related pesticides to produce all of our crops.
Pesticides are bad though?
No it’s just a word. We use good bugs to eat bad bugs and use organic spray applications when needed.
Posted on 04/15/2016 at 01:58:00 PM
We have exactly '3' spots left for our last succulent pumpkin class of the season this Saturday at 10 a.m. Follow the link to register. https://www.windmillgarden.com/store/Succulent-Pumpkins--Make-it-Take-it-Oct-24-1000-am/92CDF550-CB03-4ECB-85F3-C7603ECC6C06?category=Classes
Posted on 10/22/2015 at 09:05:26 AM
Slugs, Slugs, and MORE SlugsAs you know mild winters and wet spring weather are the perfect conditions for an abundance of slugs. Here, in the PNW, we have garden slugs, both black and red, spotted leopard slugs, and our native banana slugs that are either white, all yellow, or with big black spots. In spring they forage voraciously on the tender schmorgasbord in our gardens. The best way to combat the damage is to reduce their habitat, put up barriers, and set traps.Slugs prefer moist, cool ground cover to hide in and leaves to eat. Locate your vegetable garden away from evergreen ground covers or place a barrier between ground covers and the garden. Mulch, bricks and rocks are also favorite hiding places for slugs.HUNTINGAfter limiting...Read more
Posted on 06/16/2015 at 01:38:00 PM