what usda zone are we in Bellevue,WA?

teeka0801April 5, 2010

I have just recently moved here from zone 9b/10a and am looking for lots of container ideas(large planters,trees,foliage...I might even try bonsai).

Also, what hostas do well here and are they a concern where you have bunny rabbits( I seem them everywhere here)?

I just saw a new nursery go up on Coal Creek Parkway??!! I'm itching to go over there,but where should I compare prices to?

Thanks! I hope to post alot more coming up soon!


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Slugs are annoyingly generic. Post a lot more soon. Your itchy rotten crotch desires low priced bunnies.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2010 at 8:53PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Same as mine (see after my screen name).

Do you shop CostCo? Pick up a copy of the Sunset Western Garden Book.

If you have one already, it covers our area as well as California.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2010 at 10:19PM
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For container inspiration, visit Wells Medina in Bellevue. And Swanson's in Crown Hill always has exceptional display containers.

And all hostas do well here but are also foraged eagerly by slugs, bunnies and deer. You will need to bait for slugs and arrange some sort of protection against the larger critters.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 9:56AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Ducks like them also. I've seen them spoiled by ducks that were supposed to be eating slugs and thereby helping protect them.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 1:58PM
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I'll definitely put the hostas in containers, it just might help with the slugs and the rabbits.

I don't shop at Costco, but is there any local subscription to magazine/newsletter for gardening in this area?
I'll plan to make a drive to Wells Medina..checked their website and it is worthwhile!

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 11:04AM
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Most retail nurseries will offer complimentary copies of Northwest Garden News, a small, monthly gardening newsletter. Lots of ads but some good articles now and then. And many local nurseries send out eletters or bulletins that feature upcoming events and classes, sales or specials or "what's new" and sometimes short info pieces. Just sign up for your favs!

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 11:51AM
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blameitontherain(8 PNW wetandwetta)

Welcome to the neighborhood, Teeka!

You have received responses from two of the most knowledgeable members of this forum, who are equally generous with their knowledge. Heed them well and take Muddydogs' words with a grain (or shaker full?) of salt. Sounds like that response was the equivalent of drunk dialing.


    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 12:40PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

CostCo just has the book a little cheaper (in the spring, when they stock it). You can get it at numerous other stores, including garden centers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Climate Zones - Garden - Sunset.com

    Bookmark   April 7, 2010 at 2:12PM
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That was very helpful.

I went today to the Arboretum just south of Uof Washington and saw some gorgeous booming trees.

I also went to a few nurseries and getting some good ideas.

There were some Master Gardeners at the arboretum, and they gave me a bunch of info and resources so I have some homework to do! Besides, this sunny weekend has sure helped !!


    Bookmark   April 11, 2010 at 7:53PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

The Seattle arboretum is a world class facility, with extensive collections featuring better than usual labeling of specimens. Many hours can be spent exploring it.

Currently they are re-doing the rock garden at the south end.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 12:22AM
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