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A Small Project You Can Support

Nature Classes Offer A Way to Connect At Any Age  When my friend Erika, who is the Life Enrichment Director at the Hearthstone Retirement Community, asked me to teach some nature classes, I had no idea what I was getting into. Over a year later, I still look forward to a completely unknown outcome every […]

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This Book Helps You Build It So They Will Come

Gardening For The Birds How to Create a Bird-Friendly Backyard By George Adams Timber Press 2013 A growing unease about our relationship to the natural world and our impact on planetary processes has led to increased interest in gardening with native plants. Gardening may seem like a less-than-effective tool to turn the tide of environmental […]

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Native Plants: Are they ornamental enough??

There are lots of reasons to grow native plants among ornamental and edible plants in your garden. Natives are: the best food and habitat for native insects that support native birds and other wildlife important food and nectar sources for charismatic insects like butterflies and their larvae (a little chewing can indicate that you are […]

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Grow your own delicious culinary mushrooms

Taylor Gardens mushroom logs are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified from a responsibly managed forest A local product (from my 20 acre wildlife habitat in Oregon) Fun to own, and easy to take care of A source of delicious mushrooms (Shiitake, Oyster, or Lion’s Mane) two or more seasons of the year A wonderful addition […]

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They call these BENEFICIAL insects??

I’m always going on about how great beneficial insects are, and how to protect and encourage them. But if you’re one of them, it’s a horrific life! The horrifying side of beneficials – this is fun!! http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/compound-eye/2013/10/31/13-horrifying-ways-to-die-if-youre-an-arthropod/?WT_mc_id=SA_WR_20131107

Artcycled birdbth

Garden-Worthy Artwork

A birdbath is a nice addition to the garden, a fixture in many. Properly cleaned and cared for they can provide hours of enjoyment for you and birds and beneficial insects. Like birdfeeders, they need to be cleaned frequently and thoroughly to prevent the spread of disease among your bird visitors. I am showcasing this […]

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Happy Customers – You Could Be One Too!

Here are a few comments from Taylor Gardens clients. If you have a project or a question, need plants, tools, or inspiration, have Jeanie over for a consult! Dear Jeanie “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! He chortled in his joy!” Just a quick note to say that the Camassia seeds are coming up now, a […]

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Didn’t I Say? Soil – It’s the Foundation…

Hot off the presses in the NY Times today… Scientists using new analytical techniques over the last decade have found that the world’s ocean of soil is one of our largest reservoirs of biodiversity. It contains almost one-third of all living organisms, according to the European Union’s Joint Research Center, but only about 1 percent […]

Daphne laureola (spurge laurel)

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I see this plant in so many gardens  – do you know what it is? This plant is  possibly the most cryptic and devious noxious weed we have in western Oregon and Washington. I looks so deceptively like it belongs wherever it happens to be – even at the base of a big tree (which […]

Assorted weeds including English ivy, and blackberries (previously Himalayan, now Armenian - same plant)

Why do these weeds keep coming back?!

“I weeded – but they came back…I can’t get rid of those weeds…I took out the blackberries, but then I had morning glory everywhere…” Sound familiar? We’ve all done it – we tackle a huge bed of weeds, liberate the garden plants and exhausted, pile up the weeds and breathe a sigh. Then, before you […]

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Ecology For Gardeners

I just purchased this book from the Washington Native Plant Society Opening to a random page, we read about seeds, long-lived seeds in particular: The seeds of may weeds can survive in the soil, while waiting for favorable conditions. [I might add that this is true of many wild seeds, weed or not]…there has been […]

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See more garden tips on Facebook

Surf over to Taylor Gardens on Facebook  for more garden wisdom in the archived posts. If you like our page you’ll be eligible for 20% off on your first garden service!

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Virtual bookshelf favorites – Browser bookmarks

I started this post thinking I would list the New Sunset Western Garden Book, the old standby through the years of amateur and professional gardeners alike. It is still one of my sentimental favorites, and  – as you will see if you click on the link – the brand new, just out edition looks to […]

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So many books…

So many books…so little time I thought I would do one of those post-a-day things where I put something up each day on a particular subject. There is no shortage of garden or plant books, and of course I have a bunch. So I’m going through my bookshelf and doing a little post on some […]

Flicker Corliss 3.11.14

Planting Trees and Buying Natives

Taylor Gardens can supply you with a nice selection of perennials, shrubs and trees, and an assortment of native plants. Whether you need some advice or know what you’re looking for, contact us via the form in the sidebar and we’ll fix you up! An annual opportunity for inexpensive natives for your property arrives via […]

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Native Plants 101: Protecting Your Native Fauna

Native Plants 101: Protecting Your Native Fauna

Native plants evolved with a gigantic number of associated microbes, fungi, bacteria, herbivores, and insects. It follows that plants don’t exist by themselves – they need the organisms that helped them adapt and change over the ages. For home gardeners, insect assistants are one of the easiest and most interesting class of partners to manage […]

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Umbellularia californica – California bay laurel, or Oregon myrtle

I’d like to bring this plant to your attention, but first an observation about names. Common names are so interesting, because they reflect local usage – not only of the language but the plant itself. There are tons of European plants with common names that were applied to plants used daily for remedies – a […]

Gardening for Wildlife

Native Plant and Seed Providers – PNW

Native Plant and Seed Providers – PNW

Just stumbled on this pretty long list of native plant nurseries and seed purveyors. Please check in with your comments on your experience with any of these or others not on the list. I can recommend Heritage Seedlings in Salem, and Inside Passage for service, quality and plant knowledge; and the Yamhill Soil and Water […]

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Late Winter Bloomers

Cornelian cherry, Cornus mas is not a cherry, although it has cherry-like fruits. The common name comes from the term “cornel” used in the UK to describe the wood, fruit and plant. According to its Wikipedia entry,  “Cornus mas, ‘Male’ Cornel, was named so to distinguish it from the true Dogberry, the ‘Female’ Cornel, C. […]

Pacific Northwest Gardening

Gifts of Garden Wisdom and Plants

Gifts of Garden Wisdom and Plants

Shop locally from Taylor Gardens, and give meaningful gifts to you friends or yourself! Use the contact form to order any of the gifts below. Please include the name and physical address of recipient. Payment is through paypal; instructions will be given on receipt of order. Garden consultations, advice, and maintenance 1 hour $40 2 […]

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