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Christianson’s Nursery Garden Notes Newsletter, May 2022



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9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Welcoming May


May signals the time of sowing seeds in the garden and creating containers to dress up our outdoor living spaces. The evenings are warming up, meaning most annual plants can be left outside through the night. With the spring enthusiasm we have seen from our customers here at the Nursery, we would like to offer a few suggestions to ensure a successful start to the growing season.

Tips for growing annuals this spring:

·    If nighttime temperatures drop to the low 40s, tuck your containers and hanging baskets inside. You can also use cloches to protect sensitive plants already in the garden.

·    Consistent watering is essential. Plants in the ground require watering every 3 to 4 days if we haven't received adequate rainfall.

·    Hanging baskets and containers require watering every 2 days or so. If you notice that the pot or container feels light, it is time to water. It is also important that your pots and hanging baskets have good drainage so they are not sitting in water for an extended period of time.

·    Fertilizing with a rose and flower food also gives your plants a good start at the beginning of their growing season.


Give the Gift of a Hanging Basket


No matter what your garden size, there is always room for beautiful flowering hanging baskets. Use to add color and interest to a porch, balcony, deck, sunroom, or give as a delightful Mother's Day gift. Each cedar basket is planted by our in-house designers to flourish with an abundance of flowers and trailing annuals for repeat bloom in the sun or shade and to bring enjoyment throughout the months ahead.

With over 1000 planted, you will find a wide assortment of mixed flowers in 14-inch hanging cedar baskets and 14-inch coco-lined wire baskets in stunning color, monochromatic shades, or all-white themes. We also have an enticing selection of mixed annual baskets and fuchsia baskets for shady porches and living spaces.



A Mother's Hands


Do you notice the hands of the maternal figure in your life? The chances are they often hold bouquets of flowers, caress cheeks, wipe tears, tie the shoes of little feet, and hold and kiss knees and elbows. They make art. They work machinery, high-five, pinky-promise, give encouraging gestures, shake hellos, and wave goodbyes. They may be stained with soil from hours spent in the garden and kissed with spots from the sun. They cheer to new beginnings and embrace bittersweet conclusions. In many ways, mother’s hands bridge the world of experience and wisdom, to the young, eager and exciting world their children are encountering. The comfort and hope felt through the hands of the maternal figures in our lives remind us that on this day (and all days) to hold our mother’s hands as they have held ours for so many years.

-Emma Christianson

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 8th, and we have a lovely selection of thoughtful gifts for the mothers in your life. From hanging baskets to handmade containers, we will also have a beautiful selection of Zonal, Fancy and Scented geraniums to gift to Mom, which will all be 15% off May 6th-12th. While you're here, be sure to swing into Primrose, our antique and gift shop, filled with a delightful array of cards and gifts, including hats, clothing, jewelry, scarves, purses, candles, gardening books, cookbooks, vintage treasures, baby items, specialty food items and tea, and so much more!


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May Specials


April 30 - May 5

Basket Stuffers

premium annuals growing in 2-inch pots for garden baskets

(regularly $3.98 each)

15% off

May 6 - 12


zonal, ivy, and fancy leaf growing in 4-inch pots

15% off


May 13 - 19

Shady Days

shade-loving, tuberous begonias and fancy, double, and New Guinea impatiens

15% off

May 20 - 31

Fuchsia Starts

2, 4, and 6-inch hardy and upright varieties

15% off


Featured in Primrose this May


Mother's Day

May 8th


We have a fabulous selection of Mother's Day cards, gifts, and books for the moms in your life. If you need ideas, please ask! We are always happy to help you find the perfect gift.


Book Sale!

May 13th - May 29th


50% off selected books including cookbooks, home and garden books, and more! Also included in the sale are selected jigsaw puzzles, games,

and crafting kits.


New Additions and Things We love


Women's Clothing &


We have a lovely selection of blouses and dresses for spring and summer, all in natural fabrics and timeless designs. We also have comfy button-up blouses with UPF50+ sun protection, ideal for gardening and outdoor activities, but pretty enough to dress up.

In addition, we have scarves, purses, jewelry, hair clips, and summer hats. Our accessories and clothing pair together beautifully, but even just one little thing can perk up your wardrobe as you spring into summer.

Baby and Kid


We have a fun and growing selection of baby items, including soft organic muslin jumpers and cotton onesies, baby board books, super soft and whimsical stuffed animals, vintage toys and decorations, and more!


We will also be bringing in more children's books and kid's gardening items. If you have recommendations of favorite books, please let us know!


We will continue to grow this area of the shop and are excited to share the cuteness with you!


Skagit Valley Farmers Market

Opening Market Day, May 29th

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


The Skagit Valley Farmers Market at Christianson's makes its debut this month! Every Sunday, beginning May 29th through October 2nd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the market will feature a full range of community farmers and craft vendors. The Sunday Market will be just north of the Nursery, in and around The Vinery.

We are taking vendor applications now! Contact Market Manager, Kathryn Shiohira for more information at


Peonies: A Favorite Old Fashioned Perennial


Peonies are a favorite old-fashioned perennial that are wonderful for cut flowers. This year, we have a lovely selection of Tree, Itoh, and Herbaceous varieties to choose from. From single petal all-white blooms ('Claire de Lune') to double pink blooms ('Sarah Bernhart'), our selection is at its best right now. Here are just a few of our favorite varieties:


Peony Gardenia White
Peony Twitterpatted
Peony The Fawn


Peony New Millennium
Peony Krinkled White


2022 Best of the Best
Nominate Christianson's Nursery for 2022 Best of the Best Skagit Valley!


Nominations will be accepted between May 4th and May 23rd as the first part of the competition.


It's easy to do. Simply choose a category, make your nomination, and fill in your email address*. Continue and complete the registration form. You MUST register in order to nominate.


Follow this LINK to vote


A Rosy Day Out


Sunday, June 26th

9 am- 6 pm


After the extreme weather we experienced this past winter, we are looking forward to June when we have our 19th Annual Rose Festival under the big tent centered in the beautiful Schoolhouse Rose Garden. This annual festival is beloved by the gardening community, and we always enjoy rose-related conversations throughout the day. This year, we will have wonderful discussions to attend and hope to see you in the gardens.

“A Rosy Day Out” includes a community rose display and competition in the Schoolhouse, an ice cream social in between morning and afternoon speakers, and sitting together with like-minded gardeners in the Schoolhouse Rose Garden while listening to keynote speakers. Last year, with the hot weather, the rose garden looked incredible with all the garden roses showing off their colors and enchanting us with their fragrances.

This year, we will celebrate garden roses, showcase a community rose display and rose competition (judged by the Tri-Valley Rose Society), and of course, offer tips, tricks, and experienced knowledge on rose care. And who doesn’t love to hear our favorite “Rose Buds” Ciscoe and John enthusiastically share their favorite rose companions…and give away plants too!


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“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day.

When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.”


– Smokey Robinson


Thank you for gardening with us!


Christianson's Nursery | 360-466-3821 | 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273


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