Reluctant Spring

  Hello, friends of Madras Garden Depot!

We have been busy getting ready for a new year in the garden.  The good news is that we had a very mild winter but now spring is very slow in arriving. It keeps hesitating, dragging its feet with every temperature fluctuation​, ​raindrop and gust of wind.  Fortunately one of the benefits of this crazy, unpredictable weather is it allows us to take more time ​in bringing out our​overwintered plants.
Due to the mild winter temperatures, the plant loss​ ​was minimal – ​they all are looking in great​ shape to us, despite having been pruned back.​ We have quite a crop of one gallon flowering perennials that are ready to be planted out now, so we’ve created a 1 gallon Over-Wintered Flowering Perennial Sale to address this bounty and they will be 25% off now through Sat. April 14th.

 

Upcoming class:   
Bees, etc. 
Saturday, April 14th 11:00 -12:30

Join Jennifer ‘Bugs’ Sawyer and Karen McCarthy Saturday, April 14th at 11:00 am in our greenhouse to learn how to introduce and attract these native pollinators to your landscape for increased flower production and fruit yield.

We will be introducing a line of bee paraphernalia: bee cocoons, houses and nesting materials from Crown Bees – a sustainable manufacturer and distributor of all things native bee based next door in Washington state.

Come learn about the importance of solitary, hole-nesting bees and how to strengthen and develop habitat for their health. We will offer information on the lifecycles and needs of these bees and basic tips on creating bee-friendly gardens to provide forage and habitat for native bees and insect balance. A healthy native bee population can help farmers and gardeners everywhere grow more food and flowers, and bring balance back to nature. 

This is a FREE class, however, please RSVP by email or a phone call as space is limited in our greenhouse. And please be prompt as no one will be admitted to the class 5 minutes after the start.
Light refreshments and snacks, as always!

What else is new at the ‘Depot?

  • Walla Walla onion plants are IN! $4.50 a bunch or 3 for $12.00
  • Asparagus crowns have arrived, ‘Mary Washington’ & ‘Purple Passion’ 
  • NEW! Mason bees, homes and other paraphernalia are now in the store.
  • Our first bare root fruit trees have arrived, hardy peaches, cherries & apricots
  • Back again: Pretty vintage Verabel lockets made in Portland.
  • Soon… Water lilies and marginal plants,in early May.
  • Yay! The seed racks are now full of Botanical Interests flower & veggie seeds
  • In the greenhouse: petunias have arrived with a nice group of annuals…
Spring is here, right?  

Lastly, please come visit and say hello to us at our booth at the Garden Market at the Central Oregon Master Gardener’s Association SPRING SEMINAR, Sat. April 21st at the Deschutes Co. Fairgrounds in Redmond. Entry into the Garden Market is free. The seminar classes are $10 each but you must pre-register. For more info click here  http://www.gocomga.com/registration-packet.html