This time of year we get lots of orders and questions about live stakes, which we harvest from wild plants growing on sites throughout western Washington. Live stakes are perishable stem cuttings that take considerable labor to collect, process and haul to the nursery. We don't keep them "in stock" – we collect them to order, and we need 1-2 weeks notice, depending on how busy we are. Orders usually can't be changed on short notice, and once the stakes have been cut, the customer is obligated to pay for them, so you should be sure of what you want and when you want it before placing an order. Live stakes should be planted within two weeks – their viability declines the longer they are stored. We are happy to offer advice on how to maximize your success with these useful, economical plant materials. For more information, see https://soundnativeplants.com/sites/default/files/uploads/PDF/Live_stakes.pdf.
The last few days of October have shown us that the warm weather is over, and the windy, rainy Fall weather is here to stay. We have spent the month sending out several thousand plants to job sites throughout the Puget Sound. We were happy to see the plants find homes! We still have some beautiful looking plants that are waiting for your projects. Please look at our current availability and see what we still have available. Contact us if you have any questions, or want to place an order.
Our Portland/Vancouver crew now includes commercial pesticide applicators licensed in Oregon and Washington. We use herbicides to control highly invasive weeds only as a last resort, within the context of an Integrated Vegetation Management plan. Our applicator crew exercises the same scrupulous care and attention that we use in all our planting and maintenance activities, in order to preserve native vegetation and minimize the herbicide impacts on human health and the natural environment.
We are a small operation, growing over 80,000 plants with a small crew on less than an acre. We like it that way! Our plants originate from Western Washington, and most from Thurston County. Knowing where our plants come from is important to us, because we know that it is important to you. We do not have the quanities that larger operations offer, but what we lack in quantity we make up for in quality. Our plants are grown with the utmost care, hand tended, pruned, watered and nurtured. We love to watch the nursery flourish during the summer months, and see the roots of ninebark emerge from a hard-wood cutting, spread to the bottom and sides of the pot and look amazingly healthy and vibrant when we pull them out to show to our customers. Of course when you have healthy roots, the tops will be green and full as well. We think we offer the best looking native plants in the Puget Sound – healthy and well rooted, with equal root to shoot growth. Everything we ship is ready to plant. We are confident that they will thrive in the harshest conditions and the most loved garden. Please see what we can provide for your upcoming projects.
The most important part of running a nursery is maintaining an accurate inventory. We are constantly out in the nursery yard, assessing blocks of plants, culling, weeding, counting and double counting. We are proud to say that our inventory reflects numbers on the ground as accurately as possible. We have finished counting every little pocket and corner on site. We now have all the emergent species updated on the website availability. We update the website weekly to reflect any recent sales, and on the ground counts. Please contact us if you don't find what you are looking for, or if you have any questions.
A server problem caused our website and email to stop functioning from Wednesday, August 17 until Sunday August 21. The server held all our emails and delivered them on Sunday. If you tried to contact us during that time, rest assured we are currently reading and responding to the accumulated correspondence. We apologize for the inconvenience.
SNP has now completed our inventory for the 2011 fall planting season. All numbers listed on the current availability are accurate. We will be adding the emergent species to the current availability list by the end of August. Please let us know if you would like to put anything on hold.
We know that many of you are beginning to plan your projects for the fall planting season. We are looking forward to supplying you with quality native plants at a reasonable price. We currently have a wide selection of plants that are available, with more being added daily. We will begin accepting orders from the general public for our fall material August 1, 2011. Look for our projected availability to be sent with July's information sheet, and posted on the website. Please contact us early to place an order as many species sell out quickly.
If you are looking for amazing flowering shrubs, we currently have some gorgeous 1 gallon shrubs available. We have Twinberry, Lonicera involucrata, which is a sun loving, 10' tall shrub that blooms yellow flowers from April-August. Ninebark, Physocarpos capitatus, this versatile sun loving plant has amazing bark and blooms from May-June, it can be as tall as 12'. Mockorange, Philadelphus lewisii, this 10' tall shrub also loves the full sun and flowers white fragrant blooms from May-July. Swamp rose, Rosa pisocarpa, this plant tops out at 8' loves the full sun and blooms from May-July. Finally, Salmonberry, Rubus spectabilis, this partial shade loving 12' tall shrub is an early bloomer with purple flowers from March-June and then fantastic fruit in the summer. Call us today to put your order on hold!
For any who live in the South Sound, the prairies are a special place whose landscape and plants continue to amaze us year after year. The Glacial Heritage Preserve and the Mima Mounds Natural Area are two of the largest remnant prairies remaining in Western Washington. This year is the 15th annual Prairie Appreciation day and Glacial Heritage Preserve will be open to the public on May 14th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the wildflowers of the prairie in bloom. There is an easy self guided tour with activities geared towards children and adults. There will be educational booths with hands-on activities to learn about the plants, insects, the wildlife and wildflowers found in this unique ecosystem. So pack a picnic lunch, leave your dog at home and come enjoy! For more information check out the Friends of Puget Prairies Web site: http://www.prairieappreciationday.org