Le Jardinet Newsletter

  January 2010
A New Start 
As a child I used to love being given a brand new notebook. The pristine white pages, as yet unspoilt by less than perfect handwriting, misspelt words or worse still; the teachers red pen, suggested I could put past mistakes behind me and do much better this time.
The start of each New Year feels a little like that. Certainly it is a time to reflect on the past but I prefer to look forward and hope for fresh possibilities, new challenges and the welcome opportunity to do even better.
Here are a few ways to embrace 2010 and try something new.

A New Look for your Garden
I have spent many hours gazing at our new garden and dreaming of what it could become. In my minds eye I have designed lavish islands of specimen trees and shrubs in varying hues and textures. (In reality I have brambles, overgrown grass and mole hills the size of Rainier). There will be a stunning water feature leading the eye and our visitors to the front entrance. (Currently a muddy puddle points the way). A gentle meandering path through the meadow will lead to an enchanted clearing. (Actually it will take a power scythe, ride on mower, several pitch forks and some serious muscle just to get the grass down and then a machete to whack the way through to a few old stumps). You get the picture....
Or perhaps you don't? It can be tough to have vision when faced with serious landscaping challenges. Even designers benefit from brainstorming with other professionals to help  see opportunities rather than problems.

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If you are ready for your garden to have a new look this year consider a landscape consultation to get fresh ideas. If you prefer to have a professionally drawn design I can help you with that also.
So if your dreams seem more like nightmares, let me help you get some sleep and together we'll create something special.

A New Look for your Containers
Winter greens and pine cones can still work well in your containers, even after the holiday season and can actually help you with a few new tricks! January color Splash
Pick up a primrose or two from the garden nurseries and tuck them amongst the fir boughs for example. Hide the plant pots with the greenery rather than actually planting into the soil. As potted spring bulbs become available, they can be added in the same way.  
A New Look for my Website
I am excited to tell you about the recent expansion of my website.
There is a new section called 'Services' from which you can select container gardening, landscape consultation, landscape design or custom woodwork. Included is an extensive landscape design portfolio showcasing some of the projects I have had the opportunity to work on. I hope you will be inspired as you view the before and after photographs and begin to see the possibilities for your own home.
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My Seminars
Mark your calendars and get your tickets NOW for the 2010 Northwest Flower and Garden Show!
This is truly a highlight of  the PNW gardeners' year. I survive dark, cold February days knowing I can be in complete seasonal denial when I walk though those doors and step into a magical wonderland of scent, sound and PLANTS!!!
Join me at the DIY stage (where they let me make a mess) for a fun demonstration-style seminar;
Sunday February 7th, 3.30pm  Living Large in a Small Space; how to add drama to the smallest of spaces.
I always have fresh ideas to share so come early as those seats fill fast!
Perhaps you haven't attended my seminars before? Check out feedback from last years show in the publications section of my wesbite (under Events). Here's a snapshot of one of those designs.
NWFGS 2009
The completed container gardens are available for sale though Molbaks after the seminar.
May 2010 bring you sunshine for your spirit, rain for your garden and wellies for the mud
Karen Chapman CPH
Le Jardinet
425 765 3574 
In This Issue
New Garden Ideas
Containers in January
Website News
My Seminars
Reader's Tip
 winter jasmine

Winter Jasmine (Jasminium nudiflorum) 
A deciduous, non-climbing vine which look fabulous tumbling over banks and stone walls or persuaded to scramble over a short pergola. Blooms all winter long. An English favorite (of course).
Reader's Tip
'When spraying Wilt-Pruf onto conifers and broadleaf evergreens such as Camellias in your container gardens, protect nearby fabrics and surfaces with butcher paper to prevent staining' Clathel, Bellevue
 Karen's note; Winter winds can cause excessive water loss from leaf or needle surfaces, especially in exposed locations. Wilt-Pruf helps by reducing the transpiration rate and protecting against drought. It is usually available at this time of year from nurseries as it can also be used on cut Christmas trees to reduce needle drop.
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