Holy snowflake, what a winter!!

Vintage print of peach & flower
Vintage print of peach & flower

….And the good news is that we had a very gradual fall with temperatures that gently eased our plants into a nice dormant state. Hopefully, if you noticed snow dumping off of roofs and piling up on perennials, vines or shrubs, that you attended to them before too much damage ensued. If not, be aware that some rehabilitative pruning could be in store. Except for “emergency” pruning, it’s usually best to wait until the first buds start to appear before you start cutting. By waiting, you will help keep that plant from further insulting frost damage on newly pruned branches. We’ll be sure to have a mini pruning clinic early in March to address these issues – please keep an eye out for the date.

A reminder, if you haven’t done any dormant spraying of fruit and deciduous trees and shrubs (such as roses & lilacs), it’s a good idea to get ready to do so. Optimally, its best to have a window of time where temperatures are above 40° for 24 hours, so we still have a few weeks to prepare. If you are looking for dormant oil/horticultural oil we have it in stock. We’re currently working in the office & nursery getting orders in and plants straightened out ,etc, so  don’t hesitate to reach out with an email or leave a voice message & we’ll get back to you for a time to meet up.

Our opening date for the 2017 season is Tuesday, March 7th. We’ll have our spring hours in effect, Tues- Sat, 9 am – 5 pm, closed Sunday’s and Monday’s. Please contact us with your requests as we are still sourcing many plants and can easily fit your request into an order. Please note, we will be bringing in our dormant fruit tree inventory in a bit later this season in an effort to get a wider variety of peaches and apricots which seem to be wildly popular these days.

Finally, we’re happy to once again be a part of Eagle Watch Feb.25-26, from 9-4 at PGE Round Butte Overlook park. We’ll have our own heated yurt and will be helping to identify helpful ways homeowners can support wild bird and pollinator habitats in their own yards with plants and flowers… we’ll have a few tempting spring flowering “treats” as well such as ‘Bellarina’ primroses, Checkered Fritillary Lilies and pansies & violas. These can be safely planted in containers on your porch or placed in pretty baskets or pots on cool windowsills.
If you have never attended Eagle Watch, you are in for a local treat, DO bring the kids +grandkids!
See you soon!

SALE!! Live Evergreen Trees, Wreaths & More!!

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Take 25% off all of our evergreen holiday trees & wreaths, 30% off all glass & vintage Ornaments, 50% off all indoor holiday plants and Tillandsia (air plants) ✿…..WE CLOSE FOR THE SEASON ON FRIDAY DEC. 23rd* — hurry in!   *(However, please contact us if you need to stop in earlier/later in the day, or Sat. Dec. 24th, Christmas Eve, we’ll be happy to accommodate).

Just say “yes” …to Live Christmas trees!

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Mixed Evergreen Wreath

Are you ready for a “living” Christmas tree? Some of the symptoms might be:

  • A strong aversion to retrieving the artificial tree stored in a dusty shroud of assorted plastic bags in the attic, or horrors! high up in the garage rafters. This symptom can also be combined with:
  • Sudden fatigue from thinking about trying to re-assemble the correct “branch”  into the correct hole in the metal tree “trunk”. (Can also include minor scratching to face and arms from unyielding bits of spiky plastic and metal from said “tree”.)
  • Mental weakness brought on from extreme troubleshooting of “pre-lit” features of some artificial tree varieties.
  • Fear of losing control or going crazy from having to rescue a toppled artificial (or cut) tree due to the antics of cooped up & curious household pets.
  • Depression from paying upwards of a week’s worth of groceries for a lovely cut tree, coiffed to solid green perfection. (Note: a special technique called “laying-on” must be used for ornament placement due to density of sheared foliage.) Patient soon realizes that in less than 3 weeks the cut tree will be relegated to the bowels of the garbage truck tossed into a bin at the landfill site, or onto the burn pile…. This is simply too depressing for some family members to have to cope with.
All this could lead to excessive Holiday binging brought on by a sense of frustration due to the un-realized goal of having the tree ready for the arrival of a influential, (and often overly critical), family member or guest.

'Chief Joseph' lodgepole pine and other live evergreen trees

‘Chief Joseph’ lodgepole pine and other live evergreen trees

…Of course all of the foregoing is in jest, but we would like to offer a wonderful antidote –  Live Evergreen Tree, or ‘LET’ therapy!
We have a broad selection of live Christmas trees, including a species that is especially attractive and can be somewhat hard to find, the ‘Chief Joseph’ Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta var. latifolia ‘Chief Joseph’. This is a dwarf conifer whose needles are a medium green in the summer, but change to a glowing yellow during the winter. How’s that for a splash of color in your winter garden? Come Spring, the needles turn green again.
These trees are native to eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains. George Will of Sandy, Oregon discovered this lodgepole pine variant while hunting – and dug the specimen up with an ax. You won’t need an ax; we offer ball & burlap’Chief Joseph’ pines in 2 heights.
Very slow-growing, ‘Chief Joseph’ ‘ averages about 2” to 4” each year. After 10-12 years  it will probably be about six feet tall. This is a good tree for a small yard or an empty spot that needs a year ’round focal point. Culturally this tree needs well-drained soil (preferably planted in a berm) and full sun for the best winter color, but it will tolerate some shade at the expense of the bright yellow color. Hardy to -30°, zone 4


Our live tree inventory includes:

Firs:
Norway, Golden Spanish, Nordmann, Subalpine and Turkish Firs
Pines:
Austrian, Bosnian, Ponderosa, Scotch, Vanderwolf and White pines
 Spruce:
Colorado Blue, Colorado Green, Columnar Blue and Serbian spruce.
Other unusual Holiday trees:
Boxwood, Lemon Cypress (indoor only), Columnar Juniper….
As always, we offer free planting advice for all of our trees (a handout is also available if you want one), and for 2 or more trees purchased, we’ll throw in the correct amount of our organic fertilizer with mychorrizae.


Other Holiday plants & gifts inside the store….

Handmade wreaths (we take custom orders as well!), blooming Poinsettia, colorful & fragrant Cyclamen (perfect for a cool room or windowsill), 4 colors of Christmas Cacus, Tillandsia air plants, potted Amaryllis, ‘forced’ narcissus and hyacinth bulbs in vintage glass vessels, and a lovely selection of  vintage glass ornaments (such as the bluebird and mushroom pictured below)!


Come visit our booth!

@ the Madras Saturday Market Holiday Market, 2 days!!

Fri. Dec 16th, noon-7 pm + Sat.Dec. 17th, 9 am-4 pm at the Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds

Wild & Crazy Weather!

Today we’ve decided to abbreviate our hours for the next 2 days, opening at 11 am and closing at 2 pm Saturday and Sunday Oct 15 & 16th. 

Hopefully some of you will see this post here, or on our Facebook page, or call ahead and listen to our phone message or at last resort see the sign posted on our gate. if you really need something earlier or later call or email us and we’ll do the best we can to accommodate.

We just need a little break from this wind-whipped storm frenzy. Normal 9-5:30 hours will resume next Tuesday, Oct 18th.  Thanks for understanding!

 

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Here are a few new things at the nursery worth checking out:

*PS: Please check out our upcoming Field Trip event on Facebook, or on our Google calendar feed to the right > a ‘Mini Parkdale Fruit Loop’ coming up this Monday Oct 17th – it’s going to be a blast! 

 

Late Summer happenings….Hypertufa, again!

 

 

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Upcoming class….Come join the gang at Madras Garden Depot for the 2nd of our annual August Hypertufa container classes,  Saturday August 20th from 10am-1:30pm. Each participant  will make up to 3 hypertufa rock-like planters, which you can take home an plant up – for class participants we’re offering 20% off on 4″ succulents the day of the class!

..So, what is hypertufa ??

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12″ x 4″ Hypertufa planter with miniature Delosperma (Hardy iceplant) and an Alpine Primrose. made in 2013, it is kept outside 24/7.

Hypertufa is a recipe of cement and other inorganic & organic additives and the final product greatly mimics quarried stone. Rectangular stone troughs have long been used for planting small, hardy alpine plants, but more xeric (water-thrifty) rock garden plants such as sedums & sempervirens can also be used. Each hypertufa container is uniquely different & beautiful! They are made to withstand freezing temperatures and reside outdoors, but you can bring them inside on a sunny windowsill and plant with tropical cactus and succulents – think of what a neat Christmas gift this would be!

Our cement mixer makes mixing the recipe’s a breeze, we’ll use different tints and stains in the mixes and we have an abundant inventory of forms to use, and, if you want to bring a form along to use, feel free to do so.  Remember to wear grubby gardening clothes and please bring your own sturdy rubber gloves and be prepared to get dirty & have FUN!
Cost: $35 fee includes all materials & lunch. This is a very popular class, please rsvp to (541) 475.2068 – we have 3 more spots available!


…And from the Madras Garden Depot Dept. of Wildlife:

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‘Hilda’ the resident Praying Mantis devouring her (ex) beau one one of the Panic Grasses in our Ornamental Grass section of the nursery. Photo: Horst Meister 8.17.16


 

Seen at the nursery:

 


 

Twilight Open Garden – this Friday!

This Friday, August 5th from 6 – 8 pm there will be a free ‘Twilight Open Garden’ at the Moran residence in Yarrow, co-sponsored by the Madras Garden Depot & the Madras Garden Club. This garden is about 3 years old and was intentionally designed to display very hardy, but beautiful native and adapted ornamental plants that typically do not require as much water (and maintenance!) as a lawn. Besides using less water, the garden is maintained organically and many of the plants used also encourages and support pollinators, there is even an area set aside and dedicated just for bees and butterflies.

Looking west from Moran garden, Madras 2016
Looking west from Moran garden, Madras 2016

We have been helping the Moran’s for a few years now (well mostly Beckie, though Mike is a super-good sport hauling all the landscape rock & bark!) through every step of the development of this landscape, from the initial design and approval from the HOA, then providing on site guidance and plant selection. Along the way we somehow managed to become good friends, and Beckie, who was a certified Master Gardener before arriving in Madras, is currently the president of the Madras Garden Club.

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Yellow Pineleaf Penstemon (Penstemon pinifolius ‘Mersea Yellow’) This is a low growing, sun loving, deer resistant, EVERGREEN perennial!

Please come enjoy a warm summer evening out among your fellow gardeners from our community. There will be light refreshments available. Many of the plants will be identified with plant markers, but Karen from Madras Garden Depot will be there to lead the informal tour & answer questions at 7 pm. NOTES: If you do need to bring young children, please supervise them at all times during your visit; do not bring dogs; there are gravel pathways on some hillsides that are not accessible to the handicapped, but the garden is very easily viewed from paved sidewalks & alley that surround it on 3 sides; lastly, please do not park in the alley (there will be a sign identifying this ‘No Parking’ zone.)

- For details & directions to the Moran residence please call the Madras Garden Depot  or send us an email message.

*If you enjoy this type of event and would like to open your garden (vegetable gardens as well!) to a tour or would like to “nominate” someone you know who has an exceptional garden to share, please don’t be shy, go ahead & contact us ;)

 

Hypertufa? What??

Planted Hypertufa containers
Planted Hypertufa containers

Hey Central Oregon gardening fans! Do you like interesting , all weather planters for tabletops and patios?  Please consider joining the gang at Madras Garden Depot for our 5th annual August Hypertufa container classes, Saturday, August 6th and Saturday August 20th from 10am-1:30pm  Each participant in the class will make up to 3 hypertufa rock-like planters, which you can take home an plant up! They make perfect gifts too. We have scheduled 2 classes as some people really get hooked & want to make more containers, or bring friends and share the experience with them.
..So, just what is hypertufa you ask??

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A large hypertufa container planted with evergreens

Hypertufa is a recipe of cement and other inorganic & organic additives and the final product greatly mimics quarried stone. Rectangular stone troughs have long been used for planting small, often hardy alpine plants, but more xeric (water-thrifty) rock garden plants such as sedums & sempervirens can also be used. Each hypertufa container is uniquely different & beautiful!

Our cement mixer makes mixing the recipe’s a breeze, we have a huge inventory of forms to use, as well as different tints and stains. We will have light refreshments on hand. Do wear grubby gardening clothes and please bring your own sturdy rubber gloves. Be prepared to get dirty & have FUN!

Cost: $35 fee includes all materials & lunch.  This is a very popular class, please rsvp to 541 475-2068 or email: info@madrasgarden.com

Time for…A Summer Sale!

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Need an awesome shade tree? Check out our ‘Ft. McNair’ red horse Chestnut (in spring bloom) just one of our trees now on sale.

For those of you not off on a summer adventure somewhere, you might want to check out our pretty cool Summer Sale. Our sale will be in effect  through July 26th, and yes, there are a couple of exclusions.  All planted “on-the-ground” containers and begonia hanging baskets are not included in the sale, as are some new arrivals, which are marked NET on the price tag.

Time to shop & plant!

  • $1 OFF all 4” & “Pak” Annuals
  • 50¢ OFF all 4” Perennials + Herbs+ Grasses
  • $2 OFF all 1 gal Perennials+Annuals+Herbs+Grasses
  • $10 OFF all of our 12″ & 14″ hanging baskets!
  • $3 OFF all 2+ gal Deciduous Shrubs+Grasses
  • $3 OFF all 1+ gal Vines
  • $5 OFF all 2+ gal Evergreens under $50
  • $10 OFF all Evergreens over $50
  • $5 OFF all 2+ gal Roses
  • $5 OFF all potted Fruit Trees
  • $5 OFF all Shade Trees under $80
  • $10 OFF all Shade Trees over $80

Open Garden, Tomato tips & EATs #3 approaching

OPEN GARDEN !

On Friday June 17th from 6:30 -8 pm there will be a free ‘Open Garden’ at John & Irina Cook’s garden co-sponsored by the Madras Garden Depot & the Madras Garden Club . Light refreshments will be served and a short but informative tour will be provided at 7 pm. Come meet fellow plant lovers and enjoy the evening visting John & Irina’s amazing garden. For more information please call the Madras Garden Depot @ 541 475-2068

Photos below are from a few different Jefferson County garden tours

 

Tastier Tomatoes

“Tis the season, and lots of new tomato plants have found homes in the last several weeks.  After all the work of planting, weeding, feeding and pest control, it makes good sense to do all we can to make the most of the lovely, just-picked flavor.

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‘Sungold’ cherry tomatoes, 1st place at the 2015 Grow & Show!

Until recently, conventional wisdom said to keep tomatoes out of the refrigerator, at all costs.  The theory was that the cold would change volatile compounds that we taste as flavor.  Others said that the cold environment made the texture mealy.  Bland, mealy tomatoes are never a happy result of a summer’s gardening labors.  However, some new testing seems to indicate that very few, if any differences between the room temperature tomatoes and their chilled counterparts.

Unless you’re planning on preserving them, don’t pick (or buy) more tomatoes than you can eat in a day or two.  Whether you do refrigerate them or not, eating them as close to harvest time as possible will always be the best solution.

 

 More High Desert E.A.T.s

Join us in supporting the third farm tour event in the series focusing on agriculture in Jefferson County, the High Desert Food & Farm Alliance  Educational Agricultural Tours (E.A.T.s)

Have you ever wondered how our local libations are produced?

Up on the Agency Plains see organic dairy production at Poland’s Organic Dairy, tour Jefferson County’s only malting facility, Mecca Grade Estate Malt, check out how spirits are made at New Basin Distilling and finally travel down to the south county to learn what makes the high desert soil great for growing grapes at Maragas Winery!

Tickets are $35 with a $1.19 service fee and includes a shuttle service for the first 24 people who sign up. Click here for more info: E.A.T.s

Tour Runs from 8:30am – 1:30pm
Lunch and wine tasting is included.
This tour is recommended for ages 21 and up! 

Tour Starts/Finishes at Maragas Winery.  Free Shuttle departs Maragas Winery at 8:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back to green, (aka spring!)

1-1-20150427_212222On Tuesday March 1st we will re-open for the season, yay! It has been a very mild winter compared to 2014-15 and all of our plants are pushing new growth, some, like our hybrid (safe) Butterfly Bushes even getting a bit carried away with themselves so they’ll have to have a date with our pruners a little sooner than later.

So, how did your garden & landscape fare over the winter? If you haven’t done so already you can still get a dormant spray on those deciduous shrubs and trees – fruiting or ornamental. It’s also a great time to tidy up perennials by cutting back old, dead growth to within 3″-4″ of emerging new growth. If you didn’t apply any compost last fall, here is a perfect opportunity to do it before the foliage on your plants takes off. We have organic compost in bags and by the yard. Our plant based compost sold by the yard is also a perfect topdressing for your lawn. Apply about 1″ over the lawn and rake it in. You’ll be surprised what a difference it can make.Recently the days, and yes, even the nights have been over 50° but it does appear we’re headed back for some more normal mild frosts – yes, it is still February everyone!

eaglewatch1And February in Jefferson County also means it’s time to celebrate the eagles during the annual Eagle Watch Celebration weekend, coming up soon Feb. 27th & 28th from 10-4 at the Round Butte Overlook Park about 10 miles west of Madras. Madras Garden Depot has once again been asked to participate, and we’ll be set up inside a warm yurt prepared to share ideas about how to make the outside environment around your home friendlier to birds in particular and wildlife, (including pollinators) in general. So come say hello, and don’t forget, this is a very kid-friendly event!

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To get right into the swing of things up at the nursery, our annual seed starting class with Karen will be held on Sat. March 5th at 11 am inside our greenhouse. Learn about the joys of growing vegetables from seeds started indoors or sown directly in your garden. This class will cover which types of vegetables grow best in our area, timing seed sowing for optimum growth, when to harden them off and how to plant-out and care for your seedlings, and much more.
Karen will give you tips for growing both vegetable and flower seeds. Using the proper techniques, you will be successful at growing your own produce and blooms from start to finish.

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…And now for the Wait There’s More” message:  Every attendee who purchases seed propagation equipment or 2 or more packets of seed will receive 2 quarts of ‘Black Gold’ organic seedling mix & a sample packet of Cascade Minerals Soil Re-Mineralizer, absolutely FREE!