Le Jardinet Newsletter

  November 2009

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As Thanksgiving approaches we have the opportunity to remember all that we are thankful for. Certainly for our family there have been a few unexpected bumps in the road this year but it is perhaps because of those, that we feel extremely blessed for all we do have. 

Perhaps the most exciting is that we have been able to purchase a 5 acre property in Duvall. That gives me plenty of space to try out new plants and Andy even has a large barn to use as a workshop. However, I have sworn I shall never move again; I have asked to be left as fertilizer wherever I die!. My car has been a mobile garden shed and greenhouse these past two months and it will be good to drive something that doesn't smell like a compost heap again.
Container Planting for the Holidays & Beyond
It's not too late! Rather than looking at sad reminders of the summer that has passed, let me refresh your container gardens so they look fabulous for the holidays. Your guests will be welcomed with beautiful, professional designs and I can show you how to add a little seasonal pizzazz for any special events you may be hosting.

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What about an indoor arrangement for your dining table or hallway? Arakawa reducedI would be happy to discuss your holiday color scheme and create something special.
Call or email me to set up an appointment.
ConsultationLandscape Consultation & Design Services
"All gardening is landscape painting"
Horace Walpole (1780)

Do you need ideas on how to add winter interest to your garden? Perhaps you would like to have a more wildlife friendly garden (although maybe not for the deer!) There is nothing quite like seeing hummingbirds or a flock of robins descending upon their favorite shrubs in the depths of winter. Even having a nice selection of evergreens and berried stems for indoor  arrangements is very satisfying.
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I'd love to help you make the best choices for your garden.  If you just need ideas to set you in the right direction my landscape consultation service may be perfect for you. If you prefer to have a professionally drawn landscape design  to either install yourself or for someone else to take care of, I can help you with that too. See details of my landscape design service or email me to discuss your project.
New address
From October 31st our new address will be;
12632 270th Pl. NE.,
Duvall, WA 98019
For those of you who have our PO Box address, that will be kept active until early next year but will now be forwarded to Duvall.
Business phone and email will remain the same although we will not have internet access 10/30-11/3.
November Gardening Events
November 7th, 10am-12pm, Putting the Garden to Bed. Let the Seattle Tilth gardeners show you how a little work now will pay off big time next spring.
November 7th - December 23rd. Molbaks Poinsettia Festival. Browse the spectacular displays of locally grown poinsettias, enjoy complimentary coffee and Kringle, take your family holiday photo by the beautiful poinsettia tree and shop 'til you drop in the nursery and gift shop.
November 8th, 1-2pm. How to Dress a Magical Tree. A free seminar at Molbaks nursery with custom designer Brenda Helm
November 28-December 20. Santa comes to Molbaks! Saturdays and Sundays 11-4pm. (Such a lovable Santa too).
November 15th, 1pm Renovating Gardens of all Sizes. A lecture with Charles Price & Glenn Withey, co-designers of the new perennial border at the Bellevue Botanical Gardens.
November 17th, 7-9pm. Girls Night Out at Molbaks. Treats, inspiration, fun and prizes; how can you resist! Benefits the YWCA. $20 in advance or $25 at door
November 21st, 10-12.30. City Chickens 101. An introduction to chicken husbandry in an urban setting.

November 'must have' plants.
As the gardening season winds down, be sure to have some of these special plants, shrubs and trees to enjoy.
Cyclamen hederifolium (Hardy cyclamen); marbled heart shaped leaves topped with dainty blooms in pink or white. These flower from early fall and the foliage lasts well into winter. Best in rich soil and a shady location. Deer resistant. Abelia kaleidoscope
Acer griseum (Paperbark maple); the fall color is pretty but the real showstopper is the peeling cinnamon bark which is best appreciated after the leaves have fallen. Makes a stunning statement against a dark evergreen backdrop or rising out of a blanket of snow. Prefers full sun
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Hydrangea quercifolia (Oak leaf Hydrangea); Abelia kaleidoscopea stunning shrub with huge oak shaped leaves that usually remain through winter after turning a rich burgundy color. Panicles of white flowers in  summer and peeling cinnamon bark on mature plants add to its five star rating. Enjoys moderate sun or light shade. I particularly like this in association with the fine texture of the evergreen Lonicera nitida 'Baggesens gold' (box honeysuckle).

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Happy Thanksgiving
Karen Chapman CPH
Le Jardinet
425 765 3574 
In This Issue
Holiday Containers
Landscape Consultation & Design
New Address
Gardening Events
November Favorites
Get ready for our first freeze!
As herbaceous plants begin to die down,this is the perfect time to tuck the garden up for the winter under a nice blanket of compost. To make it easier, place old plant pots over small shrubs and perennials and then just throw 2" of  compost over the top. When you remove the pots, gently smooth out the compost around the base of the plants. This protects the crowns from being buried  which could cause them to rot.
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