Le Jardinet Newsletter

 August 2011
A $2 packet of cosmos seeds can give you a garden full of cut flowers. I grow these in my vegetable garden to entice the bees and other pollinating insects although it is the goldfinches which are the most frequent visitors.
At this time of year I want to be able to sit back, cold drink and good novel in hand, and enjoy the fruits of my labors so to speak. Well sure enough the vegetable garden is producing potatoes, carrots, beets and salad among other things but I especially love being able to walk outside and cut an armful of flowers for the home.


If one of your garden dreams is to have a cutting garden also, call me to set up an appointment for a landscape consultation and we'll make it happen. Or head to my earlier blog post 'Growing a Floral Bouquet' for easy ideas.

SOS for container gardens



While most of the USA is suffering record high temperatures we in Seattle are still in the 60s with lots of grey skies and far too much rain! At least all I have to do is change clothes but for the plants in our containers it's a whole other story. Stressed and soggy plants suffer from fungal diseases and slugs on steroids (and yes I am still cutting them with scissors - or skewering them as a warning to their friends - my apologies to those of you whose sensibilities I offend). Thankfully a few minutes with a pair of scissors will put things right (and not just for the slugs).



  • Cut off all dead flowers and leaves
  • Carefully lift plants off soil surface and remove anything nasty - slugs (they love to burrow in between plants or up against the inside edge of the pot), fuzzy Sluggo pellets & fuzzy leaves.
  • Scratch the soil surface to freshen it up and add new slug pellets while you're in there.
  • Don't feed the containers at this point. When plants are stressed they need to recover gently rather than with a fast blast of fertilizer. Give them two weeks of TLC and careful watering and then resume biweekly liquid feeds if that is your thing. Personally I prefer adding a slow release granular fertilizer at the start of the season so I don't have to think about it again. Safer and easier.
  • Pray for sunshine....


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Container Gardening by Fine Gardening Magazine. Vol 8, 2011

Taunton Press has included a revision of my 2008 article Style in the Shade in this special publication. Low light needn't cramp your creativity or limit your plant choices. Purchase here



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August Garden Events


  • Sat August 6th - Sun. 7th, 10am-4pm. Northwest Artists in Action, Molbaks, Woodinville. Meet a group of local artists, watch them at work, ask questions and buy something special. Free. Details
  • Sat. August 6th, 11am-noon. Creative Ways to use Succulents and Sedums, Molbaks, Woodinville. Meet designer Michelle Skujiins for an informal demonstration creating a decorative wreath. Free. Details  
  • Thurs. August 11th, 5-8pm. Midsummer's Eve - a party in the gardens at the Bloedel Reserve, Bainbridge Island. Nibbles, wines, auction, raffles and music. All in the serene setting of this enchanting garden. Details.
  • Fri. August 26th, 1-6pm and Sat/Sun 27/28th 10am-6pm Art in the Garden, Bellevue Botanical Garden. Over 30 artists, a wide range of styles and materials - something for everyone. Details.

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Karen Chapman CPH
Le Jardinet
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Purple aloe
(Yucca a. 'Purpurea')
A great alternative to Cordyline or New Zealand flax, this tropical looking beauty is hardy to zone 5.


The dusky purple foliage is stunning. and a real boost
 to the winter garden when finding evergreen plants in shades of purple is tough.


This is a new introduction by Briggs nursery; click on the image to contact them and see who your closest retailer is. I found mine at Dragonfly Farms nursery.

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