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May 2012


rigid chain Are your basket chains rusty? Do they get all tangled up in storage? Is it difficult to hang heavy baskets because you need to take the weight in one hand while you hook the chain with the other, all while balancing precariously on a ladder? 


I have the solution! It took me ages but I finally found a source for good quality replacement chains for hanging baskets. These are chains which have been welded to a metal rod so in fact the chain is rigid. That makes hanging the baskets a whole lot easier since you only need one hand. The chains are coated so shouldn't rust and they even have a swivel under the hook so you can turn the baskets for ease of watering or to allow the sun to reach all the plants.   


They fit 12,14 or 16" diameter baskets and cost just $8 each + tax. Call or email if you are interested. 




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Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' 

I'm planning to mass plant black eyed Susan's (Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm') and the basic pink coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)  in our new island border as butterflies love them - but the deer don't! If you happen to be dividing yours and have some to spare I'd love to take them off your hands. Email me!



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coleus duoGarden Adventures - for thumbs of all colors, is a lighthearted, information packed blog for all gardeners and garden lovers. Laugh while you learn, pick up new ideas and be inspired by others is the theme as I cover everything from container design to slug patrol.


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Several years ago I included mini articles on favorite plants or gardening tips as part of these newsletters. So many of you emailed me to say how much you enjoyed them that "the blog' was born. Although I still have a few snippets  in these newsletters the real meaty stuff is to be found on the blog every week. Another good reason to subscribe!  


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hand fork 

Need the perfect gift? I highly recommend a set of Spear and Jackson hand tools. A hand fork and trowel are two tools I could never be without. I realize that a handfork is not as common in the USA as it is  in England, but I promise that once you try it you'll wonder why you didn't buy one years ago! It is quite different to a cultivator - use it to tease roots on pot bound plants, to dig out plants from your containers without cutting the roots and for weeding anywhere you are at risk of damaging the 'good' plants. Oh and they also spear slugs quite effectively....


If you live within gardening distance of Duvall hurry over to True Value. Nursery manager, friend and gardening guru Liz Schwartz has stocked these English tools just for you and her prices are very competitive.


Otherwise check out your local nursery or online store. Wrap them up in a bandanna for the hot summer days ahead and you've got yourself an unforgettable gift.



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The Plant Farm in Marysville, WA invited me to present a seminar at their nursery last month on 'Squish & Stuff - creating bountiful baskets and containers gardens'. Enjoy this 3 minute video clip  which they filmed a few days in advance.

Container Gardening with Karen Chapman
Container Gardening with Karen Chapman



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Brunnera 'Jack frost'

Take a moment to sit back, enjoy photographs, see what has been happening in my own garden plus get links to the latest garden products: all in bite sized chunks. Always fresh - take a look!


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This is the month to hunt for plant bargains! Here just a few plant sales which have come to my attention. Fore even more click here.    
May 4th, 9-3 Lake Washington Technical College Plant Sale, Kirkland.. baskets, annuals, veggies and more. Support the local horticulture program and the next generation of landscape professionals. Details.
May 5th and 6th, 9-3, Sno-Valley Plant Sale Remlinger Farms, Carnation, WA Details 

May 12th, 8-3  Redmond Garden Club Plant Sale17817 NE 131st St., Redmond 98052. I know these ladies - you'd better get there early to stand a chance! Details


May 12th, 9-3 Woodinville Garden Club Plant Sale. Chateau St. Michelle winery Details. These are SERIOUS gardeners so there will be the fabulous, the unusual and the major 'must have's. Take a truck.


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Time to put away the thermals and find the sunglasses! (I hope)


Karen Chapman CPH
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Hosta autumn frost 
Hosta 'Autumn frost' by Proven Winners is new for 2012. I was given this as a 'trial plant' last year but as with most perennials it takes a season to establish roots before we can really see if it merits star status. This one does. 
Gorgeous blue foliage with wide creamy yellow  margins on a medium sized plant 12" tall and wide make this a standout. Try it with yellow Corydalis for an enchanting shade vignette.

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