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Christianson’s Nursery Garden Notes Newsletter, June 2023

Located in beautiful Skagit Valley,
we offer a wide variety of
common and uncommon plants,
garden accessories, antiques, and gifts.
Open Daily
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
A Rosy Day Out
Saturday, June 24th
9 am-6 pm
We invite you to participate in our 20th Annual Rose Festival centered in the beautiful Schoolhouse Rose Garden to highlight the wonderful roses in the gardens as well as roses from local growers' gardens.
“A Rosy Day Out” includes a community rose display in the Schoolhouse and an ice cream social in between morning and afternoon speakers. Enjoy sitting together with like-minded gardeners in the Schoolhouse Rose Garden while listening to keynote speakers, Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson wrap up the day. With our mild May, the roses are off to a beautiful start and looking lovely.
We look are looking forward to celebrating garden roses, showcasing a community rose display, and of course, offering 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! It will be a "Rosy Day Out" indeed.
June Brought the Roses
Deadheading: Most modern roses will bloom all summer if properly groomed. "Deadheading" refers to the process of removing old or spent flowers from the bush. Whether you've been cutting the flowers to enjoy indoors or have left them on the bush to beautify the garden, proper trimming ensures strong reblooming.
Pruning: Rose leaves develop in sets of three, five, even seven or nine leaflets. Notice the five leaflet leaves; these are where you'll want to prune. Cut just above a five-leaflet leaf, leaving at least two sets of leaflets on the stem from which you're cutting.
Fertilizing: While most rose gardeners fertilize in the spring when growth begins, midsummer feeding is equally as important. Roses use a lot of energy to produce all those large, magnificent blooms and fertilizing ensures they remain strong and healthy through the summer and fall. You can use a granular, liquid, organic or slow-release fertilizer. While each formula has its advantages, keep in mind that roses prefer a fairly balanced fertilizer where the N-P-K (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium) ratios are fairly even ( 15-15-15 or 5-10-5). 
Watering: Roses like a good, deep soak to promote deep rooting and they will develop drought tolerance if established this way. Frequent light waterings promote shallow roots that will depend on frequent watering. Applying the water slowly with soaker hoses or drip irrigation allows the water to soak in rather than running off, keeps water off the foliage and keeps fungal diseases at bay. Mulching helps by reducing evaporation and retaining moisture. (Jackson & Perkins, 2022,
Download our Spring Rose Black Spot Tonic HERE
June Specials
June 1-15
Rampant Vine Sale
clematis, honeysuckle, jasmine, wisteria, akebia, and more
15% off
June 16-29
our best selection of perennials
4-inch, quarts, and 1-gallon pots
15% off
Our Biggest Sale of the Year
Sale of Two Seasons
June 16th - 23rd
We will have our biggest sale of the year this June with inventory ranging from books, clothing, vintage items, and gift items discounted between 50% and 75%. Our sale items will be featured just in front of the shop, so we hope you will enjoy browsing for some lovely discounted items!
Featured in Primrose this June
Father's Day
June 18th
We have a great selection of Father's Day cards and unique gifts, including interesting books, hiking guides, walking sticks, binoculars, BBQ supplies, yummy treats, and so much more! If you need ideas, please ask! We are happy to help you find the perfect gifts for the Dads in your life.
Summertime in Primrose
Our Primrose team has made some big changes to the shop in recent weeks. We've been cleaning, rearranging, and setting up fresh displays with many new items for summer. We have great gifts for graduates, as well as some very special antiques, including larger pieces of beautiful furniture. We also have a new Genuine Skagit Valley display showcasing many local goods made right here in the Valley. It's an exciting time and we hope you'll visit soon to see what we've been up to!
John and Maeve
Happy Father's Day!
May we all be so lucky to have a figure in our life who whole-heartedly encourages us to pursue our dreams, who takes us on wild adventures, and who offers a guiding hand to hold us through life's challenges.
Pictured: John Christianson with his granddaughter Maeve.
Gift Cards
If you would like to purchase a gift card for the plant enthusiast in your life, please call us at 360-466-3821. We will process the gift card over the phone and have it ready to be picked up in Will Call in the Garden Store by the recipient on their next visit. Thank you!
Skagit Valley Farmers Market
Sundays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Every Sunday, through October, 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.
Convert Home Food Waste into an Organic, Nutrient Rich Soil Enhancement
Author: Katryna Barber, Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardener
This isn’t typically a welcome topic to bring up at a dinner party, but the quantity of food thrown into
landfills in this country is horrifying. Food makes up about 24% of the material in landfills.
Everyday nutritional trash makes its way to a landfill where it gets mixed in with sofas, plastics, and other debris, and is dumped in a huge, stinking pile. Once there, everything is compacted and eventually buried where it doesn’t get the air needed to break down organic waste. Without air under the pile of buried garbage organic waste produces methane--a major greenhouse gas.
If You Care About the Earth, You Can Also Do Something
Beyond buying ugly produce past its prime we can do our part to help reduce food waste and have fun doing it. By composting at home, either in a pile or with a worm bin, we can stop the cycle by feeding worms our food scraps and letting them convert them into high-quality nutrients that can be used by plants and other life forms that live in the soil. 
A pound or two of red wigglers (or manure worms) will break down your food scraps and produce several buckets of worm castings (poop)-- the black gold of garden additives. The castings don’t stink and are very nutritious for plants, creating a positive cycle of returning nutrients to the soil. It might feel small, but it is a win-win, leaving our soil in better shape, and reducing landfill waste--one banana peel at a time. For a well-researched, deep dive into the dynamic world of Vermiculture, including scientifically sourced step-by-step instructions for the first-time home waste recycler, use this QR code read the Skagit County Master Gardener’s Blog. You’ll find a treasure trove of helpful articles on everything from garden micro-climates to building your own worm bin and helping the environment as well.
If you decide to start a worm bin, congratulations! You are keeping carbon-based organic materials (food, paper) out of a landfill, reducing greenhouse gases, improving the soil, and learning about caring for red wigglers. Happy vermicomposting!
“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”
— Gertrude Jekyll
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