Collecting conifer cones… and thinking of wildfire

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September is the month I collect cones from both Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii).  I won’t sow
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It’s cooling down – time to plant!

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Bumblebee on cutleaf penstemon (Penstemon richardsonii) What a hot summer!  It’s been hard on people, wildlife (especially fish) and plants.  Even
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Color on display!

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Sulfur buckwheat (Eriogonum umbellatum) in full bloom NOTE- I’ve been unable to connect to Facebook for months, but that has finally
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Plant Quality and Containers

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Our objective at Derby Canyon Natives is to grow native plants that meet our customers’ needs in both quantity and quality.  Most
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Native Plants for Native Bees

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Anthophora bee on phlox A few weeks back I attended a talk by Don Rolfs, who spoke about the over 700 species
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Quiz time! – Wildflower seedlings

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  Arrowleaf balsamroot and showy phlox (pink in background) With this early spring the wildflowers are already blooming, and the seedlings
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Scouler’s Willow

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In the forests of Eastern Washington one of the first woody plants to bloom is the Scouler’s willow. A large Scouler’s willow
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Open for business!

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    Tomorrow, Friday the 13th (good luck!), we get the 2015 season underway once again.  We will be open for
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Seed Cleaning 101

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  We’ve already begun sowing the seeds for the 2015 seedlings.  Some of the seeds we take from storage in the
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Harvesting summer fruits

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One of the great pleasures of summer in Central Washington is the abundance of fresh fruit to enjoy: cherries!  peaches! serviceberries!
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