Whistling Gardener Blog

"How do Plants survive freezes," by the Whistling Gardener

Beautiful Hellebores. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

This recent spate of freezing temperatures has got me thinking about how some plants in my garden seem to be unfazed while others turn to mush.

I find it fascinating that the flowers on my witch hazelhaven’t skipped a beat, while the early blooms of the Christmas Cheer and Olive rhodies and Camellias have turned completely brown.

"This is your last chance to goof off," by the Whistling Gardener

It was a beautiful day to pot up some roses. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

Like last week, I am giving you permission to lay low and take it easy for the rest of this month, but watch out! Based on what is happening in my garden, I am going to predict that we will have an early spring. The mild winter is causing a lot of plants to wake up early and we just might need to be ready to do the same thing.

"My final Words of Wisdom for the Year," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith shares his final words of wisdom for the year. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

As we wind down the final days of the gardening season I find myself struggling to find something to say that will seem profound and lasting.

In light of all the political and worldly trauma, the suffering and hunger and homelessness and generally disgusting things that mankind continues to do to one another, talking about the garden seems so trite. And yet, for me (and I suspect many of you), spending time in the garden is what keeps me sane.

"Keeping the garden interesting in the winter," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

As the last of the fall color fades and our perennials melt to the ground, one would think that about all we would have to look forward to would be a bunch of sticks and dull evergreens.

In reality, nothing could be farther from the truth. There is such an incredible diversity in the plant world that no one should have to suffer the fate of a dull winter garden.