17 December 2016

๐ŸŒฟ NEW GARDENING CLOGS FOR CHRISTMAS ? ๐ŸŒฟ

Danish wooden clog sole,
with Merry Christmas greens from Shaw Island
Anno seventeen December 2016.
Clipping from unknown publication.
Click image to enlarge. 











01 December 2016

๐ŸŒฟ DECEMBER FLOWERS ๐ŸŒฟ

Angel's Violas
cosy beneath low hanging branches of Western Red Cedar
Shaw Island, WA. 

December 2016.

"I love to receive a bunch of flowers. Who does not? And when the bunch is small enough to sit on my dressing table so that I wake in the morning with its clear scent in my room, it is a double bonus. We were puzzled by this bunch, though [a bunch in an English garden.] Were they wild violets or cultivated Parma violets? They seemed to be a cross between the two, but in any case, why were they in full flower now, in early December, when they should be quiescent, waiting in the woods for springtime? I have them before me with their deep purple flowers drooping over the rim of their small container. They are not as large as the Parma violets I once grew in a frame but they are in every way as sweetly scented and the question is, how had they arrived in the wood beside my friends' house? Several years ago my friends had transplanted patches of wild violets to grow under their beech trees and had watched the patches grow wider and wider, making drifts of purple. Could they possibly be a cross between the wildlings and their superior Parma relations? We remembered how Parma violets had once been grown in frames in the walled garden of the neighbouring park. The garden boy picked and bunched buttonholes for the ladies to wear in the lapels of their elegant side-saddle coats on hunting days. All through history violets have held a special place for their scent, their use and romance. The Greeks picked them for garlands and chaplets; the Romans made violet wine and fried them with slices of orange and lemon; the romantic poet Fortunas, Bishop of Poitiers, sent gifts of violets to St. Radegunde as decoration for her church. Perhaps best of all, the beautiful Empress Josephine embroidered her wedding dress with violets, after which they were a signature of love between her and Napoleon. No other flower so small has been held in such high esteem as Violet odorata." Words from A Countrywomans's Year, Rosemary Verey. Little Brown and Co. 1989.

10 November 2016

๐ŸŒฟ ROSEMARY VEREY ON STORING APPLES ๐ŸŒฟ

November
Early Root House,
empty shelves, empty root-crop-bins,
former Glossop orchard,
Shaw Island, WA.
"The problem of where to store our apples is now a perennial one, for the stables and hay and apple lofts were converted 35 years ago into retirement house for my father and mother-in-law; now this same building is my own home. Time and generations move swiftly on. When we came to live at Barnsley House, there were three large and prolific cooking-apple trees in the garden, all of different varieties and keeping qualities. They lasted the winter through. The ritual of picking and storing went on for days, supervised by my father-in-law using child labor-our sons. Everyone enjoyed it, with much friendly calling of instructions––'Can't you see that large red one by your right hand?'––and to-ing and fro-ing of large log baskets filled to the brim and taken gently on wheelbarrows. Picking was always more exciting than storing, which after a while became tedious. One full apple tray was stacked upon another, leaving enough space between each fruit for air circulation around the ripening apples. With careful management they lasted well into March, and throughout the winter stewed apples or huge baked ones were a regular part of our daily fare. On Sundays it would be something more exotic; Apple Betty, crumble, pie or dumplings. Then two of the old apple trees died, one from old age and the other from honey fungus. The third was hard pruned and in spite of its age still bears quantities of pale yellow fruit of a quality hard to beat; when baked they become lighter and more feathery than any souffle. We planted new apple trees to replace the old, some as potential standards with spreading heads, others as neatly trained affairs growing on dwarf stock. There is a Bramley and a Charles Ross, two Cox's, three Sunsets and two Tydeman's Late Orange. Who, I wondered, as I laid them gently on a tray, was Tydeman or Charles Ross? As the trees grow so does the harvest and this year we have had a bumper crop which we have thoroughly enjoyed picking and storing. All the Laxton's Fortune were eaten in October and even earlier, their juiciness enjoyed by all. The Cox's are awaiting their ripening later. The huge Bramleys and Charles Ross will be eaten after Christmas. Each apple has been laid carefully on slatted trays in a spare bedroom, the floor surrounding them alive with mousetraps. A heavy pungent aroma hangs about the room while the apples are giving off their gases. In 1618 William Lawson's advice was as relevant as it is today. 'For keeping, lay them in a dry loft, on heaps, ten or fourteen days, that they may sweat. Then dry them with a soft and cleane cloath and lay them thin abroad. Long keeping fruit would be turned once a month softly."
From: A Countrywoman's Year by internationally known author, gardener, lecturer, Rosemary Verey. Little, Brown and Company. 1989.

31 October 2016

๐ŸŒฟ HALLOWEEN ON SHAW ISLAND ๐ŸŒฟ

Shaw Island Sculpture
(Private collection)
 by the honorable Richard Beyer
(1925-2012)
Creator of Seattle's favorite public art
"Waiting for the Interurban."

Anno thirty-one October 2016
Happy Halloween from Shaw Island, WA.

18 October 2016

๐ŸŒฟ English Apple ๐ŸŒฟ BRAMLEY

Bramley Apple
Shaw Island, WA.
Anno eighteen October 2016.

"The best English apples by long training know how to 
behave in a pie; they melt but do not squelch; they inform
but do not predominate. The early apples, grateful as we
are for their re-appearance, are not true pie-makers.
We pardon these adolescents, who do the best they can,
but we pass on to the later autumn apples to find pie
manners at their best. And what should an apple do 
in a pie? Well I think it should preserve the individuality 
 and form, not go to a pale, mealy squash, but become
 soft and golden. In flavour it must be sharp or what's the
use of your Barbados sugar?"
Edward Bunyard. 

The Epicure's Companion, 1937
The first Bramley apple tree was grown from pips by a little girl in England, over two hundred years ago. For more history see this site.

08 October 2016

๐ŸŒฟ MADRONA SEEDS coming down ๐ŸŒฟ

Madrona berries
(Arbutus menziesii)
Shaw Island seeds freshly gathered 
by mother of the groom, Corinne.  
๐Ÿ’ž Congrats to Regis and Chrissy ๐Ÿ’ž
who decorated their day with the heart-warming 

fall colors of Indian corn, gourds and pumpkins. 

01 October 2016

๐ŸŒฟ OCTOBER THE FIRST, 2016 ๐ŸŒฟ

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
Montgomery. Anne of Green Gables. 

Medlars, rosehips & Asian Pears
Anno One October 2016,  

Shaw Island, WA.

For Michael, Jontay, Lily, Hanrah, Suzanne,
Erica, Greg, Thea, Bella, Jessica,  Harvey,
Mary, Mary, Annie, Mack, Tom & Rachel,

 Debbi, Luci, and all the writers of kind notes,
left at the Gatehouse on Squaw Bay Rd.
Thank you.  

20 September 2016

๐ŸŒฟ NATURAL DEER REPELLENT ๐ŸŒฟ

Rosa 'Kathleen' and tired foliage of culinary Sage
(Salvia officinalis) with Moon Snail from Indian Cove.

Mideke hand thrown porcelain pots.
On Shaw Island this day of twenty September 2016.

"A Swedish correspondent, Erik Malm, who read my note on rabbits in the garden, has sent me his recipe for controlling deer, who started making sorties into his garden from the nearby forest, but grew bolder and bolder until they 'are practically born in the garden.' Pretty though they are, they are too fond of flowers as fodder (rosebuds are a special favorite) to make ideal garden pets.
      Mr. Malm noticed that they never touched plants with aromatic leaves. So he experimented with a decoction of common sage in water, boiled for 15 minutes, which he put in a spray bottle and sprayed over the plants that deer preferred.
      It worked, he says, like a charm. He was soon able to abandon drenching whole beds with his sage-water and just gave a daily squirt or two here and there. The deer, it seems, have become like Ferdinand the bull: admirers, instead of consumers, of flowers."
Above words by Internationally known writer Hugh Johnson. Hugh Johnson on Gardening. London. The Royal Horticulture Society. 1993. Gatehouse Library.
      Editor's note: Deer are thick on Shaw Island and don't mind eating botanicals that appear on several "deer resistant" lists. This cooked brew of sage leaves has helped me discourage deer browsing on a foliage plant in my driveway wild garden. A good reason to plant more sage. 

27 August 2016

๐ŸŒฟ PHORMIUM SPECIES cookianum ๐ŸŒฟ New for 2016

PHORMIUM COOKIANUM
("Mountain Flax" / "Wharariki")
Summer 2016 discovery:
A well-established specimen of this plant bloomed summer 2016 in
the garden of an early home on Shaw Island.
It is one of only two species in the Phormium genus.
Photo from the University of Washington Botanical Garden.
Thank you, Kathleen DeMaria.
 
I missed viewing the flowering period of this plant, 
happy in its private garden;  
but the fat, seed-filled Phormium cookianum pods were a
treat to find, measuring 4.5 inches. The first time in my life
I have seen seeds from any Phormium growing in the PNW.

These were harvested, with landowner permission, 
from an area familiar with salt spray of Shaw Island winters.
Hmmm, a plant I'd like to know better.
San Juan Archipelago, August 2016.

Common Name: "Mountain Flax"; "Wharariki"

Life cycle: Evergreen perennial

Native Growing Region: New Zealand. One of the first plants to be described for science by the botanist on Captain Cook's second expedition to New Zealand that landed in 1773.


Flower Color: Yellow


Blooming: June and July in the Pacific Northwest. This year of 2016 is the first time the specimen bloomed at the UW Botanical Garden in Seattle. Their plant was raised from seed.


Height: 3'-4'

Width: 3'-4'

Exposure: Sun or Shade


Winter Hardiness: 15°-20°


Seaside: Yes.


Water Needs: Medium


Tolerates: Deer and rabbits.


Attracts: The flowers produce a lot of nectar that attracts birds and pollinating insects to the garden.


Attributes: 
A versatile plant that tolerates a wide range of conditions. Historically, a hugely important fiber plant for fibers for clothes, baskets––

Notes:

"The handmade flax cording and rope had such great tensile strength that it was used to bind together hollowed-out logs to create ocean-worthy canoes. It was also used to make rigging, sails, roofs for housing, and frayed ends of leaves were fashioned into torches for use at night. Roots yielded materials to make medicine, and nectar and pollen were obtained from the flowers to make face paint." from UW Botanical Garden site


The Maori carefully propagated their own Wharariki nurseries and plantations throughout their land. The quality of their rope materials was widely noticed in the world, dating as early as the beginning 1800s. Their industry thrived until artificial fibers caused the demise of their Phormium fiber work. Wharariki is still used for craft papers.

For a dramatic ornamental with tropical foliage in the garden; seed pods add flair to large flower arrangements. 
Nice strong understory plant that is non-poisonous to humans and animals. The root system is good for erosion control.

Sowing:
Best sown in late autumn. Sow in plug trays under glass to increase germination rate in spring. (It can take 1-6 months.) Temperature c. 63°F.  Supply a weak potassium permanganate solution to prevent die back.


AKA 'Mountain Flax" or "Wharariki" (Maori)
from a well-established plant growing in the marine climate
of Shaw Island. Seed packets will be for sale at the
Gatehouse, Squaw Bay Road, Shaw Island.



18 August 2016

๐ŸŒฟ CHARLOTTE'S YELLOW HOLLYHOCKS ๐ŸŒฟ (Alcea rugosa) New for 2016

Alcea rugosa
"Russian Hollyhocks,"
Now giving up some seeds from the 7-ft stalks.

this listing honors Charlotte Lamoureux (1911-2004)
who shared her yellow hollyhock seeds
with many island friends. Charlotte & Mahlon Lamoureux

bloomed where they were planted on Shaw Island, full time 
from 1966 to 1999. We aren't positive she grew the 
rugosa species but it is the best Hollyhock for its rust resistance; 
nurse Charlotte would want us to grow the healthiest species.
Anno eighteen August 2016.
Shaw Island, WA.
Un-enhanced photo.
Common Name:  
Russian Hollyhocks.

Life Cycle: Perennial


Zone: 4 to 8.


Native region: The original species is from Ukraine and Southern Russia. 


Plant height: 4-feet


Flower height: 6-feet.


Bloom: Mid summer to early fall. Showy, buttery yellow.


Culture: Sun.


Water: Medium.


Seeding: One source says direct seeding on surface.

Days to Sprout: 14-21.

Viability: 2-3 yrs if kept cool and dry.

Notes: Excellent but rarely encountered hollyhock. The tall, sturdy 6'-7' spikes begin to shoot up in Spring. Bottom half of the stock is clothed with typical Hollyhock foliage while top half is adorned all summer with large 4 inch, single butter-yellow, classic mallow flowers. Short-lived but can self-seed so that a colony can persist in a garden for years. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions except for winter wet. 


Sowing: Indoors in early March/April or outdoors in May or later in autumn.

Attracts: butterflies and hummingbirds. 

Resists: The ugly rust (Puccinia malvacearum) that normally attacks foliage of other Alcea species. 


Recommended for vertical accent and general garden use and bouquets. Self sows in optimum conditions, if allowed, but never a problem.
The Shaw Island connection continues––
These scrumptious Hollyhocks captured on film and in 
 pockets of gardener Ingrid L., bicycling in France in 2000.
She brought home some of these seeds to plant at her 

new Shaw Island garden, just purchased from Charlotte.
Photo courtesy of Ingrid.
Alcea rugosa
"Russian Hollyhocks"
Seeds for sale at the Gatehouse, Shaw Island, WA.
Fresh crop for 2017.



12 August 2016

๐ŸŒฟ CLEMATIS "Helsingborg" ๐ŸŒฟ

Clematis 'Helsingborg'
Photo by Richie Steffen for 

Miller Library Great Plant Picks 

Clematis "Helsingborg"

Life Cycle: Herbaceous Perennial Vine

Plant Height: 12' to 15' at maturity
Plant Width (Spread) 10'

Zone: USDA 5 to 9

Flower: Purple color.

Light Exposure: full sun to light shade.

Seasonal Interest: Spectacular spring show of rich purple flowers followed by fluffy seed heads in late summer.

Notes: Prefers rich, well-drained soil. Plant vines that are well-rooted & minimum 2 years old. Clematis are heavy feeders and appreciate fertilizer in Spring.
This Clematis blooms on old stems AND new growth, so best to prune lightly in late spring once the first flush of flowers is finished. Easy to grow and easy to control the small vine.

Well established, overgrown plants can be cut back to 12" tall in winter to remove tangles, allowing robust new stems to fill out the plant, but will not flower the next year.

These notes are from the Elizabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden where they list Clematis "Helsingborg" on the list of "Great Plant Picks" with cultural information, a great guide for PNW gardeners. The list contains the best plants for  the maritime climate of the Puget Sound area. 
Clematis 'Helsingborg' seeds
Shaw Island Gatehouse,
Squaw Bay Road.
Available for 2017.


03 August 2016

๐ŸŒฟ Wordless Wednesday

Seeds coming in,
anno two August 2016.
I've never seen a Shaw Island Phormium 

plant produce seeds, (upper right.)
Thanks, Chris C!

30 July 2016

๐ŸŒฟ WOODEN PITCH FORK MAKING ๐ŸŒฟ

Wooden pitchfork
Under the dragon
Shaw Island, WA.
anno thirty July 2016.
Woodland Crafts periodical
Undated.
Click to enlarge.





22 July 2016

๐ŸŒฟ Bells to ring thank you ๐ŸŒฟ

Rhodochiton bells with Rhododendron company,
 for M. Santerne (sp?)
Thanks for the note and seed purchase
at the Gatehouse, July 2016.

15 July 2016

๐ŸŒฟ SUMMER HARVEST, MELIANTHUS MAJOR ๐ŸŒฟ Honey Bush


Papery seed pods of summer each containing
 3-4 black seeds of Melianthus major.
The drying lanterns are paired with French Quimper Faience, 

tin-glazed, hand-painted pottery plate donated by 
Neck Pointer, Ann Shilling, to the Shaw Inc Live Auction, 
4th of July in the 1980s. Thanks Ann.
Flowering Melianthus major.


Common name: "Honey Bush"

Life cycle: Evergreen shrub is sometimes grown as an herbaceous perennial 


Native growing region: South Africa. Naturalized in India, Australia, and New Zealand.


Height: Can grow to 7 to 10-feet tall. Time to ultimate height, 5-10 years.


Bloom time: When established it will flower May to August.

Description: Lush, large glaucous leaves. Prized as a tropical looking accent plant. Hardy down to 23ยบ F. Could use a protective mulch cover for winter.

Tolerates: DEER !

Seeding: Sow in Spring, Mar-May, in pots or trays of moist seed compost and cover with a light sprinkling of vermiculite. Keep temperature c. 55-64ยบF. Keep moist but not waterlogged. Germination in 21-30 days. When large enough to handle, transplant into 3-inch pots and then again to 5-inch pots until a good size for planting out.

Uses: Flower borders; city/courtyard gardens/ exotic-sub-tropical gardens. Good background to Cannas, Dahlias, Alliums.


Culture: Likes light, well-drained soil and full sun in a sheltered position.


Notes: All parts of the plant are poisonous, as many of our garden plants, but it has earned an AGM from the Royal Horticultural Society.


Seed Source: Shaw Island, WA.



Seeds of this Shaw island grown, deer resistant plant 
are available at the Gatehouse, Squaw Bay Road,
Shaw Island, WA.

2017.

11 July 2016

25 June 2016

๐ŸŒฟ Corinne's Chives ๐ŸŒฟ

Chives
Seeds harvested from the maritime, sun infested, sea-level, deer protected beautiful island garden of Corinne.

Botanical name: Allium schoenoprasum
Life cycle: Bulb-forming herbaceous perennial.
Native: Europe, Asia. Nauralized in North America.
Height: 12"
Bloom time: May to June. 

Description: 
Christopher Lloyd says, "they are eye catching plants, well deserving a front line position in any border and making the greatest display in May." 
Mild onion flavor. One of the famous fines herbes of French cuisine; said to stimulate the appetite and strengthen the stomach. 

The degree of difficulty: Easy. Described as a "gateway herb" as in one of the easiest to grow; which encourages us to grow more herbs. One of the 1st to be seen in the cool spring garden.

Uses: Classic for potato salad, omelets. Lloyd enjoys the young shoots on a thin sandwich filled with a mix of cream cheese and chives, salt & pepper.
Single florets of Chives are pretty and delicious when scattered in a green salad.
They are also an ingredient of the grรคddfil sauce with the traditional herring dish served at Swedish midsummer celebrations.
Companion planting: Chives improve growth and flavor of carrots and tomatoes.
Chive seeds.
Culture: 
After the danger of frost is passed, plant seeds in furrows in the garden or broadcast them where the plants are to grow into typical Chive clumps. 
All members of the Allium family benefit from full sun and rich soil. 
Clumps will last c. five years and then should be lifted and reset. If clumps are cut back after flowering and then fertilized, new spears will come up in autumn.
When the ground freezes, they will go into dormancy to store up for new growth.
Likes fertile, well-drained soil. Harvesting leaves of the plant, if grown from seed, should be left alone until July, in the 1st year, to allow a good root system to develop.
If they are grown in pots, it is advised to keep them out of the hot sun. 

History: Chives are one of the most ancient of all herbs; the first record goes back 4,000 years to China, when Marco Polo reported to the West, his culinary appreciation of chives.
Chives are a cultivated crop in Holland, Germany, and China. Dutch farmers used to feed their cows chives in order to produce milk with a fresh flavor.


Fresh seeds for sale at the Gatehouse,
Squaw Bay Road, Shaw Island.
2017.





Favorite reference for this post on Chives. 
Willow Creek Press. 1997.

21 June 2016

๐ŸŒฟ Island Summer Rose ๐ŸŒฟ 2016

June on Shaw Island

Lou's Pink Rose and
Clematis Jackmanii (?)
Shaw Island heart thumps,
Anno 21 June 2016
Thanks for the note and happy trails
to the Browns from Portland, OR.

18 June 2016

๐ŸŒฟ LOU'S LUNARIA annua & Frog Hunting ๐ŸŒฟ

LOU'S LUNARIA seed pods ripening for 2017,
paired with Broken Point Juniper maritima
(Seaside Juniper)
With Glassybaby "Frog Hunting."
Anno eighteen June 2016.

Seaside Juniper (Juniper maritima) is a newly named species as of 2007, with botanists separating this species from Juniper scopulorum. 
      On the site, Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria, there is a list of recorded observations of this Juniper maritima on the following islands in our county: "Broken Point Island", Posey, Reef, Gossip, many of the the Sucia Island group, Turn, San Juan, Coon, Skull, Cliff, Nob, Oak, Fawn, Victim, McConnell and little McConnell. 
      No Juniper seeds for sale at this time.
      The Juniper sprigs used in the bouquet came from private property on Shaw Island. We are not on the herbarium index and we don't mind.

30 May 2016

๐ŸŒฟ SHAW ISLAND GARDENER EVE SHAW ๐ŸŒฟ

Peony 'Eve Shaw'
Home grown spring bouquet for TC.

Unenhanced photo from Shaw Island,
Anno thirty May two thousand and sixteen.
"Eve Shaw was a large person when I knew her. Robustly doing. A grower. A gardener. She saved things. She kept bees. She dug wells. I cannot think she would sit knitting.
      She got herself a Rec Vehicle and traveled. She took Clayton out of his armchair, away from his views of Wasp Passage, away from his recording weather devices. And when her pet died on a trip, she simply wrapped and froze the body aboard the R.V. and brought it home for proper burial on Shaw Island, the Valhalla of the San Juans.
      She once told me proudly that her family fortune was derived from a chicken business in the South––big enough to supply KFC.
      At heart she was a kind and good friend, a stingy pioneer, on whom the Great Goddess could look with envy."
Words by Leon Fonnesbeck, Shaw Island gardener, friend, and neighbor to the Shaws. April 1995.
No peony seeds for sale.

25 May 2016

๐ŸŒฟ ISLAND SUMMER ROSE ๐ŸŒฟ 2016



Up, up, up the fence, to the top of a tree,
and over the entry path.
Five petalled beauty; Rosa "Eddie's Jewel,"

one of the largest climbing roses blooming
electric-red-turning-to-hot-pink, hybridized 
in British Columbia in 1962.
Angel's Rosa, rules this day of 25 May 2016.

Unenhanced photo from the rose enhanced 
 island of Shaw.

14 May 2016

PUMPKIN SEEDS

1. JACK-BE-LITTLE

Jack-Be-Little pumpkins
Unenhanced photo from Shaw Island.

2015.
Cucurbita pepo "Jack-Be-Little"
aka–– "JBL"

Plant 1"-2" deep in a mound 2-3 ft apart in May-June in Northern states with rich soil of compost and manure. They are big feeders.
This vine can grow on a trellis or fence or in large pots to hang down from your deck.
Place straw or cardboard under each pumpkin as they are growing. 
Keep soil moist but not wet. 
Harvest: when fruits are completely orange and the stem has dried and turned brown. Cut stem near the vine with a sharp knife. Be careful not to break the stem; never lift a pumpkin by the stem. Great for decorating color, then when you are tired of all the orange in your life––roast them! Yes, they are edible. Invited to roast in the oven with seeds removed last winter, they were sweet and delicious. A pleasant surprise.

Days to maturity: 90-100.

Yield: 8-20 fruit per plant.

For more reading on the culture of pumpkins see this site
Mini-pumpkin "Jack-Be-Little" seeds
available, while they last, at
the Gatehouse, Squaw Bay Road, Shaw Island
Spring 2017.

2. JACK TEMPLE's Gourds. 
Jack, former caretaker of the UW Preserve on island. Remember the large garden he and Bess tended? These seeds are from his crop growing along the driveway, in his Seattle garden. 
Same culture as the mini pumpkins listed above.
Gourds are used mainly for interior decoration, but they are edible.
Jack's Gourds.
Prior to seed extraction winter 2015.
The yellow one is an antique fish cork.

Thank you, Cecily T., for the handcrafted porcelain platter. 

Sold out.

06 May 2016

๐ŸŒฟ ORANGE HONEYSUCKLE ๐ŸŒฟ

"If you look the right way, 
you can see the whole world is a garden." 
Frances Hodgson Burnett

Lonicera ciliosa
Happy growing along the road
next to the Gatehouse, Squaw Bay Road.
Photograph of this native courtesy of Billie K
visiting Shaw Island, WA.
May 2016.

28 April 2016

Shaw Island seeds at the roadside stand.

"Shaw Island Double Lilac Alba"
A late blooming variety that has been planted 
around the island for decades.
Glassybaby "Regal."
Bouquet for island gardener MLC
Anno twenty-eight April two thousand and sixteen.


What a treat to enjoy the native hot-shot orange honeysuckle (Lonicera ciliosa) blooming within feet of the roadside shed today as the place was swept out for another spring. It is time to share fresh seeds of island botanicals, packed, labeled, and stuffed in their handmade wrappers. The seeds are favorite flowers, a few herbs, and a few natives, with some being added along through the season. All are chosen for being good natured, dependable  country flowers, grown down through the last century snuggled in the back corner woods and meadows of Shaw Island. 
      Thank you for the friendly notes that were left recently. No one scolded, but it's true, like the garden, I'm out of dormancy.
      Happy gardening.  

13 April 2016

๐ŸŒฟ YELLOW ISLAND WILDFLOWERS ๐ŸŒฟ 2016.


The Fawn Lilies deserve a prize this year.



Photographs courtesy of Joanne.
By rowboat from Shaw to Yellow Island, WA.
Anno eight April twenty sixteen.
Back on Shaw Island
Corinne found this beauty, Fritallaria lanceolata
(Chocolate lily) to photograph at the home of a friend. 

Scott Atkinson (Wild Plants of the San Juan Islands)
says that this specimen is common in the archipelago.
April 2016.