Discovery Garden – Skagit County WA

My errands today took me up to Mt. Vernon, WA to pick up several sheets of poly carb to replace the greenhouse roof. When I was looking at the map on Charley’s Greenhouse website I noticed that it is not far from a Master Gardeners display garden. I love places like this because the collective, creative gardening minds of Master Gardeners have been showcases, in my past garden tour experience. I was not disappointed!

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Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island, WA

Have you heard about Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island? It is across Sound from Seattle, about a 45 minute drive from our house over the Agate Pass Bridge. It was not until seeing an ad for “the premier plant sale” and a sunny break on Saturday morning did I consider checking out this garden and sale. I heard that there are no roses in the garden but lots of other great plants. It is a gem on the island.

Nice color but unlabeled plant.

Nice color but unlabeled plant.

Path to the Japanese Garden

Path to the Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Magnolia

Magnolia

Rhododrendon

Rhododrendon

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden

Trillium

Trillium

Walk to the mansion and plant sale on the grounds of Bloedel Reserve.

Walk to the mansion and plant sale on the grounds of Bloedel Reserve.

Bonsai

I am like a tourist in my new homeland. The local garden club has introduced me to kindred spirits who love the things I do and one thing I love is unique plants. The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection is within the Weyerhauser Botanical Garden in Federal Way, WA. The collection is displayed, 60 trees at a time in a beautiful outdoor setting. I have never seen so many bonsai in one place!

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Rose Pruning at Point Defiance Rose Garden

Saturday March 2nd was the Tacoma Rose Society volunteer pruning demo and rose work day in the garden. This is my new favorite garden, or perhaps I should say, it is my favorite West Coast garden. When we were talking and pruning we came across some common rose problems and I thank my friend Jo for having her camera ready because I did not even bring mine!
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Pruning with my new @Corona Comfort Grip Pruners

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Have you seen a cane with a circular hole?

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The wasp larvae are a few inches into the cane. Not all the way down.

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We saw a lot of Crown Gall but not much of this Stem Gall.