Planting Edmonds: Gardening tips for growing healthy orcas

Planting Edmonds is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club. So, you want to grow orcas in your garden? Who doesn’t! I grew my first orca this year and I want to share my experience so you too can experience the joys of a beautiful orca garden. I still remember the excitement…

Planting Edmonds: Backyards are for the birds

Planting Edmonds’ is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club. Birds deepen the pleasure we take in our gardens, captivating us with their plumage, songs and antics. But did you know they also help with insect control in the garden? That’s because more than 95% of their diet is made up of…

Planting Edmonds: Gardens for aging in place

Planting Edmonds is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.  You are not getting any younger. Aging happens. Even gardeners age! At some point you are going to withdraw from the workforce and enter a much different stage of life – retirement! As you approach that magic milestone. you are constantly reminded…

Planting Edmonds: Meet Aplo, a mountain beaver

Planting Edmonds’ is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.  Greetings! This is Rachel the Roving Reporter. Today for all you gardeners and curious mammal spotters I will be interviewing a rarely seen local inhabitant: the mountain beaver.  Our guest today goes by the name Aplo, short for Aplodontia rufa. Q:  So…

Planting Edmonds: Puddles to ponds

Planting Edmonds is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.  “Puddles to Ponds” is all about how to support wildlife by getting water into your yard. This article applies to you if you are a bird watcher, interested in backyard wildlife, concerned about species diversity, or simply like to listen to splashing…

Planting Edmonds: Weeds

Planting Edmonds is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.  Garden weeds are my bugaboo. Let’s dive in, Edmonds, because you have more of these than I’d like to see. What is a weed? Experts have written many words in attempts to answer that question. Some will say it is simply a…

Planting Edmonds: How to make a meadow

Planting Edmonds’ is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.  For years, I dreamed of growing a meadow – an open space filled with a naturalistic, rambling bounty of grasses and flowers. In spring of last year, I took the plunge and can report that converting my lawn into a wildflower meadow…

Planting Edmonds: The amazing dahlia

‘Planting Edmonds’ is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.  I love dahlias. It is truly amazing how a tiny tuber can grow into a huge plant in just two to three months and make an abundance of flowers in a single season. I have had some grow more than 7 feet…

Planting Edmonds: Native plants suitable for your garden

‘Planting Edmonds’ is a monthly column written by members of Edmonds Floretum Garden Club.  The city of Edmonds began as a shingle mill town on the edge of Puget Sound after a logger named George Brackett discovered the area in 1870 and began his homestead in 1876. The hills were covered with a mix of…