Did you find us? Yes, in the Portland area we are a little hard to find this morning. Today, Saturday the 8th, we have been moved to 7am due to soccer and the Grand Floral parade. If you missed us you can still watch the show by clicking on the link on this page. Don’t worry, this just happens once a year. Next week we will be back to our normal time on Fox12 Plus!
If you did miss us this morning, you missed the preview for our Subaru Garden Dayz event. It is a fun day for the whole family and one in which you can get a bunch of cool plants and even some free stuff. You may even win a gift card to a great local nursery! Check out the stories below and then come and see us between 11-3pm at Capitol Subaru on the Parkway in Salem!
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Garden Thyme – Garden Dayz
Part of Subaru Garden Dayz are a group of great vendors. One of those is Garden Thyme Nursery (503-551-1875). Patti and George Harris grow some outstanding plants! We stopped by their nursery outside of Silverton to see a little of what they would be bringing to the event. Patti had pulled a few plants that stay on the smaller side and create a lot of interest in the garden. We started with the Japanese Forest Grass named ‘SunFlare’. The beautiful golden foliage is great and really shines in the darkest areas of your garden. Once it is established it can handle a little dryness and shade too. The second plant was the bee and hummingbird magnet, the Nepata ‘Jr. Walker’. This ‘cat mint’ has long stalks of blooms and if you cut it back after the first flush of blooms it will come back and bloom again in the fall! The third plant was a Spanish Lavender called ‘Silver Anouk’. It is aptly named because of the silver foliage it has. This one gets about 18-24 inches tall and has all the things you love about lavender, beautiful blooms and wonderful fragrance. The final plant we featured was a bee balm named ‘Balmy Rose’. Bee balm are named for the amount of bees that attack it during the bloom time. The pink flowers are not just for the bees, they make a stunning display in the garden too. If you want to see more great plants like these, stop by and see Garden Thyme at Subaru Garden Dayz on Saturday.
Spring Powdery Mildew
The unusually warm days and spring rains are starting to create some problems in the garden. Recently we found a plant, a nine-bark, fighting off a common problem, powdery mildew. I say common because we normally see it in the fall on our cucumber and zucchini leaves. It is a mildew that looks like powdered sugar on your plants. Because of the early heat and spring rains, the conditions are ripe for it to start appearing on some of your garden plants a little early. We have a few tips and products that can help in your battle. First, Judy showed us how to pick off the infected leaves. If the outbreak is small or just starting, you can pick off the leaves with the mildew. Remember to throw these leaves away since they are infected with the spores. If you compost them you will just be spreading them when you spread your compost later in the year.
If you have too many to count, then you will want to use a topical application. We found a bunch of products from Bonide (Rose Shield, Infuse, Fung-onil) that will help kill the spores or protect your plant from further damage. They can use a RTU, Ready-to-use, spray which you just spray on the plant, or you can get a concentrate and mix it up in a sprayer for those big jobs. If you are mixing the product in a sprayer remember to follow all instructions so it is used correctly and in the right amount. If you would like to go a little more organic you can use Neem Oil. This product coats and smothers the spores and is all natural. The worst case scenario is that you may have to remove the plant. If that is the case, look for a replacement plant that is mildew resistant. For more options you can check with your local independent garden center.
Wavra – Garden Dayz
Some of the best color plants we’ve seen happen to be at Wavra Farms (503-364-9879) in Salem. Diane always has some wonderful plants and she has promised to bring them to Garden Dayz. We started with her wonderful hanging baskets. Diane had a petunia basket and a dragon wing begonia basket, one for sun and one for shade. They were looking great and she told us that is because it is getting a lot of daily water in the morning to avoid diseases and a liquid fertilizer twice a week. She also mentioned that you only want to fertilize your fuchsia baskets once a week or even every two weeks. Too much fertilizer and the fuchsia baskets will send out too much foliage and not a lot of blooms. Another tip about fuchsia baskets that she gave us. Remember to remove the little ‘cherry’ after the plant blooms. This is a seed and if you take it off, the plant energy will go toward more blooms and not to the seeds. She will have all kinds of baskets at the event. The best part is her ‘special’ for the event, buy 2 hanging baskets and get 1 free! She is also going to be bringing her succulent ‘poppers’ so you can buy a bunch of small succulents and build you own unique containers. Plus she will have a bunch of those popular ‘color’ annuals for sale!
If you mention the word Yellowjacket, most people will shutter! The image most have is of a nasty, mean, flying machine, that disrupts dinners outside and gardening activities. They attack even when they are not provoked and can ‘sting’ multiple times! To get a little more insight to this jacketed nightmare we stopped by the OSU Extension office in McMinnville and chatted with Heather Stoven. She told us that these little beasts do serve a purpose, they are a beneficial bug! They can feed on other insects in your garden! Caterpillars and other soft bodied insects that eat your flowers and plants can be part of a wasp meal. They may even do a little pollinating too. A lot of times a gardener will find them nesting in the ground and one unlucky step and you can have swarm attacking you, but you can also find them building small nests above ground too. The interesting thing we found out is that the colony will die off every fall and winter. In the fall a new queen is produced and she finds a place to winter over until spring. We have found them in our woodpile during the winter. In the spring the new queen wakes up and sets off to find a new home and start a new colony. The colony slowly builds and becomes larger, then will become more aggressive as the summer season wraps up.
If a colony is far away, you shouldn’t need to worry, but if they are close to your home, you may want to remove them. To do that find a product that is specific to wasps, you don’t want to remove any beneficial (non-aggressive) bugs. Follow all directions for safe application. Most of the time the product will have you apply it to the nest at twilight when the wasps are returning to the nest. This will ensure that you get them all while they are in the nest for the night. For more information including the differences between Yellowjackets and Paper Wasps and how to get rid of them, check out this paper from OSU Extension, http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/schoolipm/files/2017/07/Yellowjacket-PaperWasp.pdf.
Subaru Garden Dayz
Welcome to the 10th annual Subaru Garden Dayz. We met with Brian at the dealership to talk about all the things happening today (June 8th) between 11am and 3pm. One thing that has changed are the number of vendors. There are 16 vendors this year with everything from garden art, to plants, to gifts and other treats. This is a great family and pet friendly event. The humane society is there to greet our furry pets and there are also free petunias until supplies run out. Bauman’s cider will be there with samples and bottles for sale. Plus you can have a free smoothie, or buy some other delicious foods while you shop the plants. Stop by and visit William and Judy to enter to win a $25 gift card to either Al’s Garden and Home or Egan Gardens. Those drawings will be held every half hour. You can also enter to win the big prize of a $100 gift card to Al’s from Subaru! Kids can get in the action too by planting up some seeds to grow some flowers at home! If you are interested in having a test drive of a new Subaru, you can do that too. There is no pressure to do so, Subaru just wants everyone to have fun!
Stop by and enjoy the day with us at Capitol Subaru Garden Dayz!
Portland Nursery Herb Recipe
A few weeks ago we did a story at Portland Nursery on Stark (503-231-5050) on culinary herbs that you can plant and grow in your garden or even right next to your home. Now Sara would like to share one of her favorite recipes using one of those herbs, dill. This is a very easy recipe that can be done in minutes and, with a little rice, can make an entire meal for your family. Sara starts with preheating the oven to 325. Then she rolls out 2 sheets of foil. In the middle she places a handful of asparagus; on top of that goes a piece of salmon or steelhead. On the fish you can sprinkle some garlic salt, some fresh dill sprigs, a tablespoon of butter and then some slices of lemon. Then you double wrap the whole thing (so it doesn’t leak) and place it in the oven, on a cookie sheet, for 20-25 minutes. Once it’s done you can sit back and listen to the rave reviews, as everyone enjoys this wonderful meal! This is just one recipe that you can use fresh herbs to make. For more great herbs to try, stop by Portland Nursery on Stark or Division.
Rose City Train Garden
If you are looking to try something new in your garden, have you ever considered a garden train? There is a very active club of Garden Railroaders in Portland and next weekend they are having their annual garden tour. We stopped by one of the locations to talk to Hal Beighley about his railroad. Hal’s railroad is incredible! It is squeezed into a narrow but long piece of his garden next to his house. Hal is a Landscape Architect and so his train layout is full of wonderful plants that are all labeled and trimmed to look like full grown specimens! This train has 2 tracks that run separately including a track just for Thomas the Tank Engine. It is a true joy to see how the towns, carnivals and even the troll homes are all tied together. They even have a tunnel through an old stump!
Now, if you are interested in seeing this train and would like to see up to 12 more garden trains, then next weekend is the perfect time. The Rose City Garden Railway Society is having their huge summer garden tour. This tour takes place every year on the Saturday before Father’s Day from 10am to 5pm. Society members open up their backyards to the general public and you can stop by and see these enchanting layouts. There is a booklet that is a self-guided tour of trains from Corbett to Hillsboro. It is also your ticket! The booklet/ticket is available at local hobby shops and garden centers around the area. If you would like to find the location nearest you, check out their website. The cost is only $10 for an entire carload of people. So gather all your friends and pick up a booklet/ticket and start ‘training’.
Garden Like a Girl – Garden Dayz
We recently found a new company in the Portland area and we thought we would introduce them to you. Garden Like a Girl was started by Tom and Mary Garlock. Mary is a gardener and always found that her garden gloves just were not cutting it! They would wear-out quickly, let dirt in and could get sopping wet if working around water. She also found out that the materials in the most popular gloves on the market contained known carcinogens. Both Tom and Mary are cancer survivors and so they decided they had to find a better glove, that is when they started to design their own. Tom had a background in making and marketing sports gloves so he knew how to start the design process. They are now in the middle of wear-testing their designs. Today at Subaru Garden Dayz you can stop by and help them move closer to market with your input on the new design.
While you are at their booth, you can also pick up one of their great garden T-shirts. These shirts are great and, even better, they are made with natural and recycled materials. These shirts not only feel good, they do good too. The shirts are made in a factory in Haiti and help new people learn skills and make money to advance their lives, plus a portion of the proceeds of their sales goes to the American Cancer Society. Stop by and learn more about their business and their products today!
French Prairie Perennials – Garden Dayz
Rick Naylor never disappoints! Whenever we are looking for some cool and unusual conifers or perennials, he and his business, French Prairie Perennials in Aurora (971-533-5637), always has something that surprises us. Rick is also a great garden designer too. We have featured his Visualscaping service many times over the years and we are happy to let you know that Rick with be joining us at Subaru Garden Dayz today. Not only will he be bringing some great plants for us to buy, but he will also be giving a talk at 11am and 1pm on creating a 12 Month Garden. He will share his tips on how you can make your garden POP no matter what the season. One way the create a special garden is with wonderful plants. He pulled a few from his nursery to share with us!
The first plant we looked at was a short Colorado Blue Spruce called ‘St. Mary’s Broom’. This one had nice blueish needles and stays short, only getting 2 feet tall by 2 feet wide. It is a very slow grower! The next plant was a nice contrast to the blue spruce. It was an oriental spruce named ‘FireFly’. This one was only slightly taller but it had striking gold foliage. It is a slow grower as well and can really brighten up a dark space in your garden. The third was dwarf Japanese Umbrella Pine called ‘Green Star’. If you have never seen a Japanese Umbrella pine this one will blow you away. It has a unique needle structure with a little variegation under the needles. This also is a shorter variety and will be a showstopper in your garden because of its structure. The final two plants were Japanese maples. The first was ‘Autumn Moon’ which has a wonderful golden foliage with a hint of chartreuse coloring on the leaves. It will keep this golden color until fall when it will get a little pumpkin color in the leaves as well. The second maple was the burgundy/red ‘Rainbow’. This one has a pink/rose/wine color to the new growth which transitions to a dark burgundy for the summer. It will also give you a great show of fall color as the seasons change later this year.
Rick then showed us how, by adding some annual color, you can really add a new dimension of colors to your garden. If you are looking for creating a 4 season garden full of color and structure, check out French Prairie Perennials or stop by and see him today at Subaru Garden Days.
A Vintage Flea Spring Show
Antiques have always been hot. Now they are getting hot in the garden! Flea markets are the place to go for some of these buried treasures that you can use in your home or your yard. This weekend there is one place where you can get your garden and flea market fix at one time. Margie’s Farm and Garden is hosting ‘A Vintage Flea’. A Vintage Flea is a vintage/flea/antique market with anything from antiques and mid-century vintage to crafts and castoffs. Kathy joined us to tell us about the event which is happening from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, June 8th. It started with just 20 booths and this year it has grown to over 65 booths! Here you can find just about anything you want for your home and garden. As I mentioned before you can also get your plant fix too! Margie joined us to tell us that they will have 20% off almost every plant in the nursery. They are still full of great color plants and baskets. You can still add color to your garden. If you are thinking about planting now you should just pay more attention to the watering and you should be fine. If you are out and about this Saturday, stop by!
TOW – Topping Your Dahlias
Our tip of the week will help your flower garden later this summer. This week we are passing on a tip about ‘topping’ or ‘tipping’ your dahlias. We noticed that, at the end of summer at the Swan Island Dahlia (800-410-6540) fields, their flowers were all up-right and didn’t flop in the fields, unlike our dahlias in the garden. They told us that they cut off the tops of the flower in the late spring. This ‘topping’ of the dahlia makes a shorter, stronger bush and a better structure for the flowers. When your plant is 18-20 inches tall, just count up about 3-4 leaf nodes from the ground and cut off the top of the stem. It is hard for some people to do! They notice the buds starting to form and that means it will take longer for your flowers to bloom, but if you do it now you will have a much better plant in just a few weeks. You can find more tips about dahlia care at the Swan Island Dahlia website.
Marilynn Russell Metal Art
Art is always welcome in the garden and in the home. We found a great new artist to join us at Subaru Garden Dayz, Marilynn Russell. Actually, she may be new to us, but she has been making great art for years! Marilynn started as a seamstress and soon after a metal art class she was on her way. She used her art to express her passions and soon she was making money at it. She even made heart magnets that were so successful they paid her rent in college! Her themes now include people, animals and unique creatures of every kind!
If you would like to see her art and maybe take a piece home, she will have a limited selection of her art at Subaru Garden Dayz. Stop by and say hi!
Little Baja Sealer
Protecting your investment in containers is tough in our weather. The rain and freezing temperatures can cause the best of containers to break over time. It is best to seal them. We stopped at Little Baja (503-236-8834) to check out a product that they use. Jared recommended a product from Timber Pro that you use on your fountains, statues, and birdbaths. This product is safe and easy to use. It helps keep water from penetrating into the cement and terra cotta where it can do some real damage and ruin your investment, and it is safe for the environment! Little Baja also does maintenance of fountains and water features as well. So if you have any questions, give them a call.