Mid-Fall Photo Contest


Hey Snap Happy Gardeners!

It’s that time of the season for our Mid-Fall Photo Contest and we’re looking for anything outdoors that promotes this time of year: pumpkins, gourds, decorated porches, autumn gardens, seasonal containers, harvested veggies, etc.

If it feels like fall, then it looks like fall!

This contest will run for two weeks from October 23rd through November 6th (for those who want some Thanksgiving instead of Halloween themed submissions, although both are accepted for submission).

First prize receives a $20 gift certificate to our store!

The Low Down (or the Rules):

  • No experience or skill necessary!
  • One photo per submitter (only one submission please)
  • Make sure the photo in .jpeg format
  • Send to Audra at audra@garden-spot.com
  • Include your name, number, and email with your submission

Here’s the link to our Mid-Summer Photo Contest submissions for inspiration:


Have fun everyone! We can’t wait to see what your autumn has unfolded!

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Audra at the email address provided above.


Blood, Bone and Lime: Fall Feed Your Soil!

Fall is here! It means pulling up summer annuals, cutting back perennials, sowing in cover crop seed and watching the seasonal color unfold in our deciduous trees and shrubs. Yet, even as we lay our gardens to rest for the winter ahead, preparing your soil bed now will produce long-term benefits for you and your 2015 spring season.

And no… Weeding before the ground freezes isn’t enough!

Here are some great overwintering and organic fertilizers that will boost your beds:

Gardner and Bloom Blood Meal

High in nitrogen content, Blood Meal is often used in vegetable beds for plants to grow lush, green foliage. Over time crop cycles can deplete the nitrogen levels in your soil, so it’s best to boost up now. Especially if you plan on growing garlic this fall season. And beside lowering the pH level for more acidic soil, it can deter common garden pests such as deer and rabbit.

So your garden’s a vegetarian?

Although not as effective as Blood Meal, Alfalfa Meal or Kelp Meal is the next best alternative.


Gardner and Bloom Bone Meal

Do you plan on planting bulbs now for a spring surprise later? Add Bone Meal!

Bone Meal is high in phosphorus which helps boost blooms for flowering plants, like fall crocus or roses or springtime bulbs. So when you plant your bulbs for next year, add in some Bone Meal for them to feed on. Bone Meal also compliments high nitrogen substances, like Blood Meal or compost, for a well balanced garden bed.

Be aware of your soils pH level though! Soil over 7 on the pH scale (or more alkaline soil) causes Bone Meal to be less effective. You can test your soil with a pH meter.

Espoma Garden Lime


For gardeners wanting more alkaline soil (or less acidic soil), Garden Lime provides calcium and magnesium for less acidic plants. Garden Lime is what turns hydrangeas pink!

Made of pelletized dolomite limestone, slow-release Garden Lime allows plants to absorb the soil’s current nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium at more effective rate.

As always, be sure to follow all instructions on your garden products for the best results.

For more information on putting your garden to bed, stop by our store or give us a call for free consultation from our staff!

Also, here’s a great article by the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Happy Autumn Gardeners!

Staff Container Contest Results!

Let’s give a shout out to everyone who came by yesterday, September 20th, and voted on our staff container contest for our raffle. We had about 150 ballots, so thanks everyone for voting! Success!

A big congratulations to Lynn Salas, who won our raffle! She received her container of choice by Paige (both shown below) today!


Congratulations to our staff as well! Sam, Ginger and Antoni won first, second and third place respectively! It was such a close count!




This container competition was so much fun, we plan on doing this again in the Spring! So tune in then for another chance to win a free container.

We love putting together seasonal arrangements of all styles, sizes and color. Choose us as your next container designer and stop by for free consultation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff. Happy Almost Autumn!

Here’s the rest of our staff entries:


Terrariums! And our Facebook ‘Photo of the Week’

Happy Friday Friends!

Can you believe this weather we’ve been having? It seems that autumn is going to be beautiful in Bellingham this year.

We are enjoying the season with Marcy’s apple cake, design inspiration from Deb and terrariums. We’ve got a class on terrariums coming up on November 9th, so we’ve been getting our hands dirty planting a few examples, and having a lot of fun in the process. The first one below we named, “Froggy Goes A-Courtin”.



terrarium4From your pictures on Facebook, we can see that you’ve been busy too. And taking full advantage of the autumn sunshine!

This week’s winner of our Facebook ‘Photo of the Week’ Contest is Pamela M. Banis!

Pamela M. Banis Isn’t the autumn color on this viburnum just spectacular?

You could win next week! To join in on the fun, just post your best garden pics to our Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered into our ‘Photo of the Week’ Contest.

Fall and Winter Color Class with Jim Locke

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With the weather changing, many of us wonder what comes next? Are we doomed to a dreary winter of bare soil and stripped foliage? How can we inject some color into our fall and winter gardens?

This Saturday, Jim Locke of Van Klaveren’s nursery comes to the Garden Spot for a free class on trees and shrubs for fall and winter color. A friendly fellow with a dynamite knowledge of plants, we are all looking forward to what should be a fun and informative event.

We talked with Jim about his life in gardening last week, and here’s what we learned…


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How did you get into horticulture?

I’ve been doing this since I was sixteen years old. Back then, I actually worked at a retail nursery in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

 Who was your biggest influence?

Probably a nursery inspector had the most influence on me staying in this field and going to college. He came by to chat fairly often, and his advice really stuck with me.

What do you like to grow?

Everything, but probably if I had to pick one, I’d say vegetables. This year we had a great chard crop as well as lettuce and carrots.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Well I’m lucky enough to work on a fourteen-acre nursery. So I just have to walk outside and see all the beautiful plants to get inspired.

When would you say is the best time to plant trees and shrubs?

I really believe that fall is for planting. Things are cooling down and plants can acclimate before the heat of the summer. The only downside is, you may not find all the plant material you want this time of year.


If you’d like to join us on Saturday, just call our store: 360-676-5480, or click here to register online. This class is free and starts at 9am.

Happy Friday- Fall is Here and so are our Pumpkins!

Lots of news at Garden Spot Nursery this week. Our pumpkins have arrived, as well as our fall bulbs. We’ll go further into this on a later post, but suffice to say that we have a re-blooming orange iris. That’s right, you read that correctly. A re-blooming orange iris. Ooh-la-la!

We’re awash in fall mums, pansies and violas. But don’t forget that we’ve still got loads of beautiful perennials, shrubs and trees just waiting to come home with you. And since our fall sale on ALL plant material runs through this Sunday. This weekend is the perfect time to drop by and get that heuchera you’ve been coveting at 25% off!

It’s been an epic year in the garden. Vegetable gardens are overflowing with home-grown produce and ornamental gardens are flush with bloom. Now’s the time to take care of some garden tasks that will help your garden thrive this winter. Have you divided your irises yet?

If not, here’s a few tips from our crew:


1– After digging up the rhizomes (we like to use a potato fork), pull them apart carefully, discarding any rotting or shriveled up rhizomes

2– As you cut them up, be sure that each chunk of rhizome has a leaf fan attached, cut these leaves to about six inches

3– Once you’ve given the cuts a few hours to heal over, re-plant the rhizome just below the soil surface spreading out the roots below

4– Don’t forget to make sure that all the leaf fans are facing the same direction towards the sun

5– Water those lovelies in and relax (No need to water again through the fall/winter, unless it becomes unseasonably dry)

We had a lot of submissions for our Facebook “Photo of the Week”, and it was so hard to pick! Here’s this week’s winner:

Krys Kirkwood

Congratulations to Krys Kirkwood. We just couldn’t resist this sassy echinacea. There are so many blooming around town this time of year, and this one is so pretty!

Hope you enjoy your new planter Krys!

Want to join in on the fun? Just post your favorite gardening pics to our Facebook page, and you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win Facebook Photo of the Week.

Thanks to everyone who participated, we sure enjoyed your photos!