Dennis' 7 Dees Blog

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For the Love of Slugs… or Hostas!

Posted:   February 8, 2016 by Angela Hoyt - Dennis' 7 Dees Buyer

The annual war has officially started again. I’m talking about the war on Slugs. Those sly quite mollusks that think they can crawl all around my garden and feast on the newly emerging, fresh greenery.

Mason Bees & Early Pollinators

Posted:   February 2, 2016 by Nicole Forbes - Dennis' 7 Dees Education

In addition to their beauty, pollinators provide crucial links in our environments by moving pollen between flowers and ensuring the growth of seeds and fruits. In fact, one-third of the food eaten in the US is pollinated by insects; honeybees are responsible for 80% of the job.

Summer Blooming Bulbs - Start Your Bouquet Now!

Posted:   February 2, 2016 by Monica - Dennis' 7 Dees Buyer

Welcome to another classic winter in the Pacific Northwest. We hope you are enjoying the diverse color pallet of greens and grays. Oh how I long to see brightly colored flowers again; somewhere other than the florist. With that thought in mind, it is time to start planning for that perfect summer garden and what better place to start than with summer flowering bulbs?

We Really Do Have the Best Roses

Posted:   February 2, 2016 by Angela Hoyt - Dennis' 7 Dees Rose Buyer

Every year, the buyers at Dennis 7 Dees along with the members of the Portland Rose Society, International Rose breeders, and the curator of the garden walk the garden to judge and select the best rose in the test garden. What has become the “Portland Best Rose” award is given to the best rose based on quality, flower, disease resistance and scent.

Start Growing From Seed

Posted:   February 2, 2016 by Nicole Forbes - Dennis' 7 Dees Education

Starting plants from seed can be an economical way to grow a garden and is a very rewarding experience. There are several advantages to growing plants from seed including access to a wide selection of varieties, stronger plants that have not had the shock of transplanting, and the ability to use seed that was collected & stored from previous years, passed from neighbor to neighbor or shipped from other regions.