Winter Hours: 
Open Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(Daily 'till 6 p.m. beginning March 1)

 
"For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
 - T. S. Eliot
 
 
Happy New Year!
 
Here in Primrose we are bidding farewell to 2017 with mixed emotions. As we begin the process of deconstructing our holiday displays we are reminded of all that went into preparing those displays and the excitement we shared in the process. We are also reflecting back on all the special moments we had with customers throughout the holidays as they visited the shop and searched for just the right ornament or gift.  

 
And yet the new year is here and we are starting to feel that familiar sense of happy, energizing anticipation as we begin preparing the shop for this new season.  It's time for new beginnings!
 
We are also excited about the two sales events we have planned for this month and hope to see you soon in the cozy, twinkle-lit oasis that is Primrose. As the saying goes, "we'll leave the lights on for you!"
 
Now through January 14
50% off all Holiday Items
Ornaments, Decorations, Soaps & Lotions, Cards & Tags,
Calendars, Candles, Food Stuffs, Mugs, Napkins
 
January 15 - 31
'A Sale for Two Seasons'
20 to 50% off selected Fall and Winter items

Our bi-annual 'Sale for Two Seasons' begins January 15th! Save 20 to 50% off selected fancy goods, such as fall and winter-themed napkins, soaps and lotions, ladies hats and gloves, books, candles and much more!

Excluded from both sales events are
antiques and boxwood wreaths
   Our Carefully Cultivated  
 Rose List Has Arrived!
Which roses will you add to your garden next spring?
 

Be sure to study our 2018 Rose List insert to discover over 50 new or returning varieties totaling our beautiful collection to over 450 varieties of roses!

Rose Lists are now available at the Garden Store and Primrose Antiques & Gifts. 

 

Bare Root Plants: What to Expect 
 
January through March is bare root season at Christianson's and that means it's time to save on the plants you plan on adding to your garden this year. Many plants (fruit, flowering and shade trees) are available as bare root selections.

 
After dormant plants are dug up, growers wash the soil off the roots and the plants are packed in sawdust (to keep the roots moist) once they arrive at the Nursery. This type of system works well for many woody-based plants, like fruit and nut trees, Hydrangeas and lilacs, cane fruit and some herbaceous edibles such as strawberries, asparagus and rhubarb.
 
 
Northwest Flower and Garden Show
 

Gather your friends and family to ride our "2018 Flower Buses" and enjoy going to the show without the stress of driving and parking. The Flower Buses leave the Nursery on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 7, 8, and 9, at 8:30 am and return at approximately 6:00 pm. The cost of a combination show ticket and bus ride is $54.
 
Call or visit the Nursery to make your Flower Bus reservations or pick up early bird entry tickets for the show: (360) 466-3821.
 
Adult tickets $19 ($24 during the dates of the show) and Children $7.
A New Year of Classes!
 
 
Spring Pollinators
Saturday, January 6
11 a.m. - noon
reservations required
class fee: $8

Mason bees are gentle, highly efficient, solitary, native pollinators, unlike their honeybee-haven cousins.  Olivia Shangrow, a biologist working for Rent Mason Bees (a Washington based company that rents bees and bee houses to backyard gardeners and orchardists) teaches about different  kinds of bees in Washington state and offers an opportunity to rent mason bee kits on-site.


Deer Resistant Gardens
Saturday, January 13
11 a.m. - noon.
reservations required
class fee: $8

La Conner based Private Lands and Wildlife Conflict Manager, Cole Caldwell, presents information on Black-tailed Deer and home gardening stewardship. Covering a wide variety of topics ranging from home gardens to deer damage in urban and rural environments, expect useful tips on adaptive and integrated methods for minimizing damage and restricting deer access.

 
"Ask John!"
 
John loves hearing from his customers and do they love to ask him questions! Each conversation features an actual question submitted by someone like you.     
 

 
   
Q: Hi John,   
I attended Scott Conner's class last month about winter interest in the garden, but neglected to write down a plant he admired years ago at the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle.  The plant had bright yellow flowers in winter therefore feeding the hummingbirds and has prickly leaves (similar to holly).    
 
- Meredith, Mount Vernon, WA    
 
 
A: 
  Hi Meredith,
I attended Scott's class too and, by your description, he was most likely talking about
Mahonia × media
'Arthur Menzies' . It is an excellent specimen with its frond-like leaves that grow in whorls along its coarsely branched stems. Great sprays of gold flowers appear in winter, developing into grape-like clusters of wax-coated black berries by late summer and autumn. Beautiful foliage and upright growth habit make this hybrid  Mahonia a strong focal point in the garden.    
 
Mahonia are available at the Nursery throughout most of the winter in 1 to 2-gallon pots.  You are welcome to call our Garden Store to reserve for your garden: (360) 466-3821   
 
- John Christianson 
 
Have a garden-related question? 
Email us:
PR.christiansons@gmail.com
Listen to "The Garden Show", Sunday Mornings with John and Mike on both,  KAPS AM 660 and FM 102.1 at 10:30 in the morning.   

January Specials

 
January 2-31  
House & Conservatory Plants   
tropical plants for home or greenhouse 
(free re-potting with plant & pot purchase)
25% off  
 
Christianson's Nursery
15806 Best Road Mount Vernon, WA  98273
 (360) 466-3821 or 1-800-585-8200
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