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Last week the Garden Committee here at Horizon House had a “field trip” to IMG_6235Swanson’s Nursery to fulfill our GEM Grant.  The gardeners were awarded a bit of “flower candy” as I call it, for the inconvenience they suffered during the renovations to our West Wing.  IMG_6230Not everyone was able to go, but those who did had a good time browsing, buying, eating and

learning.

The Horizon House bus was packed to the gills with plant material.

Not all of it was able to be in the back, so was to be found all over the bus, along with some happy gardeners!

Once we got home, the staff helped us by putting plant materials on the proper decks IMG_6246for the gardeners to plant.

What followed was the planting itself.  Talk about busy bees…  The gardens are now getting full and attractive.  IMG_6249Here’s one I planted.  Now I’ll stand back and watch the magic!

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This morning, one of the first articles I read on “Crosscut” was titled “To solve water pollution, Seattle turns to an old solution“, written by Samantha Larson.

This is what I’ve been advocating for years.  It is a Rain Garden concept.  Rain Gardens capture water coming from your roof, driveway, sidewalk, etc. and direct it into a garden specifically designed to filter the water, filtering it naturally and sending it into an aquifer, rather than the curb.  As I said in my “old” 2008 Rain Garden post, ” An effective rain garden depends on water infiltrating into the soil of the garden. They are actually miniature, temporary wetlands, planted with native plants.”  Do visit that post and read more.

Here is a sketch of a Rain Garden designed for use in a garden, but it is usable between a curb and the sidewalk with different plant materials.  This does give you an screen-shot-2016-10-11-at-9-03-11-amidea.  (The drawing is from an article done by Texas A&M on Rain Gardens.)

It makes profound sense to have these in our Seattle landscape.  They need not be large, every little bit counts!  Having them all along the curbs where the nasty water runs, is a grand idea!  It may not handle the entire filtration of the run-off, but it will surely do it’s part!!!

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I just HAD to share this! I LOVE it!

I saw this highlighted on a friends Facebook page and it captured my gardening imagination!

Broken Pot Fairy Garden-image credit to Rebecca Snyder.

Broken Pot Fairy Garden-image credit to Rebecca Snyder.

Perhaps you can try this wonderful technique in your garden.  Wouldn’t this be a grand way to to greet your guests as they approach your front door…or ANYWHERE in the garden for that matter?  It could also be hidden in an “off beat” garden spot to thrill the “discoverer”?  Just lovely!!!

This is an image by Rebecca Snyder, from that website, that shows an absolutely lovely example.  In this case a large, but broken, decorative pot is utilized.  Either it had a terrible accident, or someone decided to just break the pot for this purpose.  I cannot imagine a more lovely way to utilize a broken pot.

I have certainly seen many little examples of Fairy Gardens, but I never had an inclination to include them in my garden.  To me they just seemed to appear too artificial, or too small.  This idea however, really strikes my fancy!

You can see that it appears two (or more) pots are used.  The larger ivory colored one, with an aqua colored one within.  Lovely!

Here is the website where I saw it.  The website has a description about how it is made.  It would be worth a look as it shows the technique.

The plants that are used are ones that will remain SMALL throughout their lives.  Most nurseries have sections with small, even miniature plants, shrubs and trees that could be utilized.  If not, just ask for help.  You WILL get it!

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