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September 2013

AUGUST - was an exciting month, the highlight being our daughters wedding here in our garden.

The weather had us worried when the day before brought torrential rain but thankfully the skies cleared for August 3rd and Katie was able to walk down the aisle without wellies or an umbrella!

Click here if you'd like to see photos of the preparation as we put together flowers and bouquets gathered from the garden (and those of our friends). We haven't received all the final photos from our photographer yet but I'll share a few special ones of the flowers and garden in a blog post as soon as they do. 

Thank you for all your good wishes  - and patience as I stepped away from work for a few weeks.






Soft and spiky, light and dark, mounding and upright - this simple foliage combination is all about contrasts. I have it in an area which is in full sun and moisture retentive but well drained soil. It was planted last year but is already drought tolerant having been watered only twice all summer. Another bonus is that it is deer resistant.


Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima) is the wispy evergreen grass which catches the light so beautifully. The conifer at the right is 'Feelin' Blue' deodar cedar (Cedrus deodara 'Feelin' Blue'). This particular one has been trained as a standard and I plan to continue to limb it up little by little to make it into a small tree.


In the foreground is a little dumpling of a barberry - Berberis thunbergii 'Golden Ruby'. This cultivar has ruby colored leaves with gold margins. In spring the new growth is truly vivid, summer color is richer as you see here and in fall it will look like fire and look amazing with its companions.


Did you miss the flowers?? Sometimes it really is all about the foliage.


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 Yes it is that time of year to think about your fall/winter containers!


As the temperatures start to drop the summer annuals will begin to look tired but there's no need to accept less than fabulous looking containers. There are lots of fall and winter hardy plants to work with. Tucking a few dwarf daffodils, tulips or crocus in those pots also makes for a welcome splash of additional color next spring.


Angela and I have already started taking appointments for mid-September and October so be sure to contact me soon if you would like us to get you on the schedule. 


Something new this season;


If your project is small, if you prefer to plant your own containers or you don't have the budget for full service professional design I have a couple of new options for you;


1. My fall container workshops

2. Personal Container Coach Service


Follow the links to learn more about both of these.


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 PERSONAL CONTAINER COACH - a unique, new service!


This is ideal for those who

  • Prefer to plant their own containers but struggle with design
  • Just have a few containers to take care of
  • Would like a designer look without the designer price
Here's how it works
  • I help you get organized!
  • We meet at Molbaks' Garden and Home, Woodinville
  • I help you select plants for each of your containers
  • You take them home and plant them up
What does it cost?
  • $45/hour with a two hour minimum charge
  • Retail cost of plants less 10%!
  • Monday-Friday between 8am and 3pm (last appointment at 1pm)
Check here for full details of this unique service and how to schedule an appointment





Polk County Master Gardeners Fall Fling, Dallas, OR

Saturday September 7th 2013 (9-10.00am)

Keys to Unlocking the Foliage Treasure Chest


Polk County Master Gardeners Fall Fling, Dallas, OR
Saturday September 7th 2013 (3-4.00pm)
Reducing Maintenance (and backache) in the Garden

Dash Point Garden Club, Brown's Point, WA

Tuesday September 10th (1.30pm-2.30pm)

Fall Fashion Showcase

Molbak's Garden & Home, Woodinville, WA

September 21st (10-11am)

Fall Foliage Superstars for Beds and Containers.



workshopFall Container Workshop, Duvall, WA

Friday September 20th and Friday September 27th (9.15-12 noon)

Both workshops FULL but names accepted for reserve list; details


Fall Container Workshop for Nursery Professionals, Duvall, WA

Thursday September 26th (1-4pm)

A few spots left; 


 More details of all these events  here


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I tell you, write a book and you get asked to go to all sorts of exciting places!

Next spring I'll be speaking at the Idaho Hort Expo in January as well as the Chicago Flower & Garden Show in March.

Interested in booking a seminar or presentation for your area? Just send me an email and feel free to read reviews of my talks on the Great Garden Speakers website.

Would you like a signed copy of my new book FINE FOLIAGE without travelling that far ?

Order from my website for priority shipping (2-3 days). You can even request a special message on the last page of the checkout using the 'instructions to seller' box.

Pay by credit card (no PayPal account is needed) or PayPal itself. 


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Karen Chapman CPH
Le Jardinet
425 765 3574  


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