N.W. Bloom Nursery Fall Plant Sale – Deals for up to 50% off!

Mark your calendars! We are having a fall plant sale on Friday & Saturday October 25th & 26th, 9am – 3pm

After a great season of propagating, growing, potting, and re-potting plants, our nursery has an abundance of plants to offer. You’ll find a great selection of your favorite fruit trees, fruiting shrubs, other edible perennials and many useful plants everyone should have in their gardens – all at fabulous prices.

  • Fruit trees 20% off
  • Nut trees 25% off
  • Herbs 20% off
  • All other plants (excluding some specialty/rarer plants) will be 20% off
  • Orphanage plants will go home with any good offer!!
  • Anything in the clearance section is %50 off!

We have a lot of great additions we think you should come take a look at for your fall planting:

  • Plan for a row of Fall Gold Raspberries
  • Your garden is missing your very own Pine Nut Tree
  • Columnar Apples grow very well in pots and your patio could use a couple
  • There is nothing better than bees buzzing on Comfrey flowers
  • Now is the time to plan for fall crops

Fall is the best time for planting in the Pacific Northwest, so don’t miss this sale!

Our New Edible Plant Nursery!

IMG_1111It has not always been easy to find a good selection of edible plants to buy in the Seattle area –  they have either only been available through catalog sales or during a small window of time throughout the year.  So… we are excited to announce that we now have an edible plant nursery with an emphasis on permaculture/useful plants!

The nursery will be Open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

To get an idea of what will be in stock, see below.

Most of the plants we will carry are multifunctional having one or some of these attributes:

  • Edibles – mostly perennial plants that you only have to plant once and can enjoy the bounty year after year!  We will carry a variety of plants, from fruits, berries, nuts and roots.
  • Medicinals –  herbs used for healing purposes
  • Dynamic accumulators – These plants mine nutrients from the soil and store them in their leaves and roots which can be used to build your soils and increase your soil fertility!
  • Insectary Plants – These are great for attracting insects, whether it be forage plants for honey bees and other pollinators or by providing shelter for other beneficial insects that help keep pest populations in check.
  • Nitrogen fixers – these plants can help build your soil by adding nitrogen naturally
  • Rainwise -these plants are great for raingardens, bioswales or bioretention projects!
  • Other plants on hand will be plenty of natives, deer “resistant”,  for wildlife and chicken forage, shelter as well as beautiful chicken “resistant” plants.

To make an appointment and to get directions give us a call at 425-486-6902 or email info@nwbloom.com

 

Mountain Hemlock

Tsuga mertensiana

Easily one of my top 5 trees for the Pacific Northwest garden, this graceful conifer can work in *almost* any landscape adding structure and interest through out the entire year. It is native to sub alpine and high elevations in the mountain ranges from Alaska down to through Oregon.  In its native habitat, it can grow over 100′ tall but stays relatively narrow for a conifer of that size.

In their glory at Steven's Pass WA

In a garden setting you can expect a Mountain Hemlock to grow 6-12″ per year in good conditions becoming 10-12′ in ten years but only 4-6′ wide. They can add an alpine flair to the garden and look great growing in small groups.  They grow well in full sun to partial shade (not as shade tolerant as other Hemlocks) and thrive in sheltered locations with well drained soils.  Compared to its buddy the Subalpine Fir Abies lasiocarpa, it is more adaptable to lowland regions and relatively disease and pest free.
This high altitude species is usually harvested directly from the mountains and brought into the nursery trade through harvesters around May-June as the snow pack starts to melt.   As they are getting established in your garden it is extremely important to monitor moisture levels in the soil and make sure it stays moist, especially during the first summer.  NOTE: “Moist” should not be confused with “saturated”. It is not uncommon for these trees to die in the first year from the shock of being transplanted and from not being cared for correctly.  After the first couple of summers Mountain Hemlocks are virtually maintenance free and drought tolerant.

This trio resides in my own garden

There are more and more nursery grown Tsuga mertensianas becoming available to gardeners, even new cultivars being grown for their blueish foliage called ‘Blue Star’ and ‘Glauca’.  When shopping for these trees be sure to ask when they were brought in and if they were harvested or nursery grown.

Live Christmas Trees – Selection and Care

Our 2004 Live Tree

Every year at about this time, millions of families are bring trees into their homes.  Some trees are cut fresh, some are plastic and dusted off and snapped together from an old box in the attic… then some are alive with roots and are lucky enough to be planted outside after the holiday celebrations. My families tradition has always been the latter.  I can’t bring myself to kill a functional tree for short celebration on purpose or buy a plastic tree.  With a live tree, not only are we spending about the same amount as we would buying a nice fresh cut tree, but we have a new addition to the garden every year!

So, what is there to know about getting a live Christmas tree?

Make sure you choose a tree that works in your area and you have room for- the species and mature size of the tree will help you figure out where it belongs. Maybe in your garden or maybe on someone else’s land – or a park even. More on species below.  There are some programs and companies that will “rent” live trees and plant them after you use them – like this one.

The tree needs to be slowly acclimated to be inside your house at warm temperatures and have proper care, otherwise it might not survive!  Acclimate your tree to the warm temperatures over the course of about a week:

  • Days 1-3 keep it on the porch or out of winter exposures
  • Days 4-6 it can live in the garage which is a little warmer than outside.  Don’t forget to check it for any pest infestations before bringing it inside!
  • Day 7 When you bring it inside the house give it a day before turning on your lights- those babies are warm!  Try not to place it next to direct heat sources, put it on a tarp, and the rootball in a container – which will help stabilize it (bricks are helpful too) and give you a place to add some water.  Do not fertilize it or feed it in any way as that can push out some new growth.  I also don’t recommend using any pesticides or products.

Don’t keep it in your house for too long – maybe a week (10 days at the most) otherwise its chances of survival drop.  When you are ready to take down the lights and put it outside, be sure to follow the same steps (but backwards) to acclimate it back into cold temperatures.  Then plant it as soon as possible and make sure the tree is well watered and mulched.

So what kinds of trees are out there to buy and from where?

Many good retail nurseries are starting to carry a good selection of live Christmas trees.  I have yet to hear of them being sold at big box stores like Home Depot but in any case you may want to call local retailers ahead of time to find out what they have.  It can save you a ton of time and fuel!

Many species of conifers can get enormous! One of the most popular cut Christmas tree the Frasier Fir (Abies fraserii) gets almost 90 feet tall and 50 feet wide!  There are many species of trees to choose from, but you may be limited to what the nursery stocks.  The fir family is the most common and do well at adapting at being inside for a quick period.  The pine family is also great and have a soft appearance, and the spruces work well but are quite pokey, and I draw the line at hemlocks because they don’t do well with this stressful holiday acclimation.   There are a bunch of conifers that can work well and add a new unique appearance to your holiday tradition every year.

Some of my favorite live Christmas trees:

Slender Hinoki False CypressChamaecyparis obtusa ‘Gracilis’

Horstmann’s Silberlocke Korean FirAbies koreana ‘Horstmann’s Silberlocke’

Serbian SprucePicea omorika

Snow Sprite Deodar Cedar –  Cedrus deodar ‘Snow Sprite’

Weeping Alaskan CedarChamaecyparis nootkatensis ‘Pendula’