Salal

Salal

My Salal is flowering!

We have plans for a “native plants garden” in the front corner of our yard. It’s a big project, so we won’t be getting to it until the fall, even though we’ve already cleared the space for it. I’m so excited to put it together…bring in a big load of dirt, add some good-sized rocks, and plant some lovely native trees, shrubs, and flowers. I’m going to put in Red Flowering Current, a Vine Maple, some Salal and Oxalis, then plant a variety of native ferns and flowers.

Last year, in anticipation of this garden, I bought some Salal, planted it in a pot and put it in the space on the north side of the front porch which I call my “plant hospital.” Whenever I put a plant there because it’s been struggling somewhere else in the yard, it recovers and flourishes! That’s what the Salal is doing! I checked on it the other morning after a rain, and it was flowering! I’m really looking forward to building that native plants garden and planting my dear sweet Salal in it’s new, permanent home!

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Native Plants Sale

This morning was the annual Tualatin Hills Native Plant Sale, and we went in search of a native honeysuckle, in particular, and a couple of other native plants that caught our fancy. We don’t have a lot of garden area prepared yet, so we kept our purchases to a minimum. But it was exciting to see what choices they had, and I can’t wait for our big forthcoming project/dream: my native plants corner!
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