FREELANCERSusan Mulvihill email@example.com
Susan Mulvihill is a freelance gardening columnist for the Today section.
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Nov. 2, 2019, 3 p.m.
It’s a good thing the holidays are coming because they distract gardeners from missing their favorite outdoor activity. But if holiday preparations aren’t enough, there are plenty of ways to get your garden fix this time of year. Start by surrounding yourself with plants in Manito Park’s Gaiser Conservatory. It is filled with tropical and subtropical plants and seasonal displays. The conservatory is closed Wednesdays but open the rest of the week from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Oct. 5, 2019, 2 p.m.
Is it just me or was this the fastest gardening season ever? The late burst of wintry conditions we experienced from February to April prevented us from getting an early start. But the fact is fall is here, and it’s time to wrap things up.
Sept. 28, 2019, 2 p.m.
When fall arrives, gardeners transition from outdoor gardening to indoor activities. Yet they miss the connection they had with living plants. Tending houseplants is the perfect cure to this problem and can be just as enjoyable.
Sept. 21, 2019, 2 p.m.
This summer, my husband, Bill, and I have been treated to some delightful interactions with the birds in our garden. We’ve enticed hummingbirds to sit on our fingers while they sipped from tiny feeders and watched baby quail blissfully napping in the shade of the daylily patch.
Sept. 14, 2019, 2 p.m.
Dahlias are one of the most prized late-summer bloomers. With their incredible array of colors and types, it’s every gardener’s dream to have a garden filled with these lovely flowers.
Sept. 7, 2019, 2 p.m.
For this year’s fall banquet, the Spokane County Master Gardeners is bringing in Joe Lamp’l, host and executive producer of the Emmy Award-winning PBS program “Growing a Greener World.”
Aug. 31, 2019, 6 a.m.
Even though I am struggling with the realization that fall is just around the corner, there is a lot to look forward to soon: glorious days, colorful foliage and the Friends of Manito’s legendary fall plant sale.
Aug. 24, 2019, 3 p.m.
I hate to say this, but I’m not getting any younger. And chances are I’ve got plenty of company. As we gardeners age, our favorite pastime can start to feel overwhelming. While my love for gardening hasn’t waned over the years, I’m looking for ways to make certain aspects of it easier and less time-consuming.
Aug. 17, 2019, 10 a.m.
When Rick and Laurie Jarmer bought their Five Mile home in 2016, they realized the landscape wasn’t exactly the garden of their dreams. They immediately rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
Aug. 3, 2019, 1 p.m.
When two artistic gardeners collaborate, the result is a lovely landscape that is a feast for the eyes. Such is the case with John and Pat Hagney’s garden.
July 27, 2019, 1 p.m.
If I had to choose one word to sum up the Loire Valley’s Chateau de Chenonceau, it would be “elegant.” In June, I led a tour of France’s most beautiful gardens and chateaus. Of all of the places we visited, it’s fair to say Chenonceau was a favorite of the 24 travelers who joined me.
July 20, 2019, 1 p.m.
For many gardeners, the most challenging aspect of growing tomatoes is planting them at the right time in the spring so they won’t get nailed by an unexpected frost. But now that they’re happily growing, this is the time to be diligent in caring for them.
In the Garden: For North Idaho gardeners featured on annual tour, garden inspiration comes from aboveJuly 6, 2019, noon
Garden-lovers, take note: the highly anticipated Coeur d’Alene Garden Tour is set for July 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature five outstanding private gardens, with two in Post Falls and three in Coeur d’Alene. This year’s theme is “plant happiness.”
June 29, 2019, midnight
Any time I’m driving through town and see yards absolutely brimming with flowers, I know a contented gardener lives there. For years, I’ve planted flowers of all types, shapes and sizes, and they give me such joy.
June 22, 2019, noon
Over the years, I’ve been experimenting and pushing the envelope as much as possible in my quest to grow plants when common wisdom says otherwise. My two best tools are our small hoop house and greenhouse, and I’m frequently asked how I use them.
June 15, 2019, noon
On June 22, roses will be in the spotlight for the Spokane Rose Society’s 72nd annual rose show.
June 8, 2019, noon
The garden tour season officially starts on Saturday with Spokane in Bloom. This year’s tour features nine south-side gardens, carefully selected by the Inland Empire Gardeners of Spokane.
June 1, 2019, 2 p.m.
If you were to ask me what the secret is to growing a healthy garden, the simplest answer would be to keep your plants unstressed. By following good cultural practices – whether you’re growing flowers, shrubs, trees or edible crops – your garden will flourish and should have minimal problems.
May 25, 2019, noon
If the words “drought-tolerant” make you think of a yard full of cactus, think again. There are plenty of stunning plants worth considering.
May 11, 2019, noon
If you plant bean seeds with the little scar, or belly button, facing downward, they will sprout easily. While this might seem like a tedious extra step, it has made a huge difference in the germination rate of my seeds.
May 4, 2019, midnight
When you combine a massive plant sale along with seminars and demonstrations that teach new skills, and throw in free admission and parking to boot, you’ve got a recipe for success.
April 27, 2019, noon
While many Inland Northwest gardeners think our season is too short for growing melons, let me reassure you that it’s very doable if you give the plants a little extra TLC.