By Robb Rosser January 22, 2015 6 a.m.
You can continue winter pruning deciduous shrubs and trees through January and February.
By Robb Rosser January 15, 2015 6 a.m.
Few things send a chill up a gardener's spine like waking up to an unexpected winter freeze, especially if you have not yet taken all the precautions you promised to take last year after frozen rain and frigid winds overran our gardens in midwinter.
By Robb Rosser January 8, 2015 6 a.m.
Sometimes in winter, I simply have to make myself stop and look before I can see what is right in front of me. We have such an abundance of evergreen plants in our landscape that we often take them for granted. We rush around with our heads held down and our eyes dulled over in a gray haze. I try to remind myself to stop for a moment and look around. When I do, I am always delighted by our Northwest winter plant palette.
By Robb Rosser January 1, 2015 6 a.m.
This year, instead of making the same resolutions that I've made for the past 10 years, I'm going to take a new direction. I will only make resolutions that I look forward to upholding, ones that will give me pleasure in the process.
By Robb Rosser December 25, 2014 6 a.m.
One of the greatest gifts the garden has to offer is a seasonal reminder that change is part of life itself. The natural transition from autumn to winter begins with lowering temperatures and shifting weather patterns. The continuing consequences of wind, rain, sleet and snow have an obvious effect on the environment in which we live. Recognizing the effect these changes bring to the garden can be an eye opening experience.
By Robb Rosser December 18, 2014 6 a.m.
In the northern hemisphere, the winter solstice marks the day of the year with the fewest hours of daylight. North of the Arctic Circle, there is no daylight at this time of year. The winter solstice is the day of the year when the sun is farthest south in the sky. This year that day comes on Dec. 21.
By Robb Rosser December 11, 2014 6 a.m.
If you've been thinking about creating a new planting area in your garden, winter is the perfect opportunity to plan, plot and initiate that project. Wintertime is a sort of limbo; a window between the florid metamorphosis of autumn and the tumultuous rebirth of the spring garden. The bare bones of winter allow us a blank page on which to envision our ideas.
By Robb Rosser December 4, 2014 6 a.m.
They say we become wiser with age. Whether or not that's true, it seems to me we should at least wise up enough to take advantage of life's experiences. What has me pondering this issue is the tradition of decorating our homes for the holidays. As with any home project, this one has a tendency to become much more work and time intensive than we expect it to be. Like so much else in gardening, finding the process that suits you best is often a matter of trial and error.
By Robb Rosser November 27, 2014 6 a.m.
The pathways in our garden are strewn with a lovely pattern of overlapping leaves that have fallen from the trees above. Autumn leaves come in a palette of colors unique to the season. The rusty reds, burnt oranges and sun washed yellows of deciduous maple, ash and oak trees scatter under our feet as we walk through the garden on clear autumn afternoons. Take the time to shuffle your feet and cause a stir.
By Robb Rosser November 20, 2014 6 a.m.
I appreciate the fact that daylight savings time starts later than it did a few years ago and will end earlier than it did in the past. Still, the day that the time change went into effect this year brought with it a sense of apprehension. Wait, whoa, hold on. Did the afternoon sun really set before five o'clock in the afternoon? With the time change comes a temporal disturbance and a distinct awareness of the imminent arrival of winter.