22 Jan 2015

Plants and Pets: Our 10 Favorite Pet-Safe Indoor Plants and 7 to Avoid

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Plants and Pets: Our 10 Favorite Pet-Safe Indoor Plants and 7 to Avoid

All too often in our nursery, people fall in love with a plant, only to remember, to their dismay, that not all houseplants are pet-safe. “Is this plant safe for dogs? Cats?” they ask. The answer, as it turns out, is a bit complicated. Many of the most common varieties are not pet-safe indoor plants. […]

12 Jan 2015

Hoya Plant Care: How to Grow Our Top 5 Cultivars

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Hoya Plant Care: How to Grow Our Top 5 Cultivars

If you remember a vine creeping around your grandmother’s kitchen, chances are it was a Hoya plant. This tropical indoor plant — often called a “Wax plant” due to its thick waxy leaves — is a classic because it lives forever, grows to be enormous, and creates beautiful, porcelain-like fragrant flower clusters (it’s also often […]

24 Dec 2014

Easy Indoor Plants: Our Top 5 for the Horticulturally Challenged

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Easy Indoor Plants: Our Top 5 for the Horticulturally Challenged

“I kill plants.” We hear that phrase time and time again in the nursery. People want to bring plants into their homes or give them as gifts to people they love, and yet the thought that the plant might croak weighs on their conscience. You or the person you’re thinking of have a black thumb? […]

2 Dec 2014

Bee Local’s Damian Magista Redefines Local Honey: Meet the Maker

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Bee Local’s Damian Magista Redefines Local Honey: Meet the Maker

We’re wild about honey at Pistils: its rich taste, creamy texture and warm colors. In the quest to build our “honey wall” (6 producers, 15 varietals and counting!), we’ve tasted loads and loads of honey. What we’ve learned is that that not all honeys are created equal: the variety, both in quality and flavor, is […]

20 Nov 2014

How To Force Bulbs for Indoor Blossoms

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How To Force Bulbs for Indoor Blossoms

Let’s face it; this time of year, no matter how many windows you may have, it’s hard to keep the home bright. Since the sun is setting before 4:30 PM on our gray Portland days, we figured this would be a good time to share one of our favorite tricks to add a little indoor […]

6 Nov 2014

Japanese Tie-Dye with Shibori Indigo Dye Kit

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Japanese Tie-Dye with Shibori Indigo Dye Kit

The Blue Gold. That’s how many referred to the plant-based dye, Indigo, for the hundreds of years in which it was one of the most valuable trade commodities moving from India to Europe. Indigo puts the “blue” in your blue jeans. But not true indigo — around the turn of the century, a synthetic version […]

22 Oct 2014

Ideas for a Rainy Day in Oregon

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Ideas for a Rainy Day in Oregon

They call it the Pineapple Express — not the Judd Apatow comedy film, but rather the flood of rain that hits the Pacific Northwest this time of year. Known as an “atmospheric river,” the Pineapple Express has its origins in the typhoons of the Pacific islands, where a combination of warm temperatures, high humidity and […]

15 Oct 2014

Make Your Own Kokedama String Gardens

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Make Your Own Kokedama String Gardens

We’re fascinated by Kokedama String Gardens, those mystical floating moss balls that somehow contain live, growing plants. Sitting on a coffee table, hanging in a sunny kitchen window, or cascading above a clawfoot tub, we love Kokedama for their simplicity and versatility: they’re ideal for small spaces, live for years, and never have to be […]

2 Oct 2014

Fall Houseplant Care: Indoor Garden Tips

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Fall Houseplant Care: Indoor Garden Tips

Fall is in the air. Here in Portland, that means it’s cool and damp, and we’re bringing out our coziest wool flannels and sweaters to keep warm. As the leaves are changing outside, your indoor garden is feeling the onset of fall as well. Just as you’re changing your wardrobe, so too do you have […]

25 Sep 2014

Fall Container Planting: Landscape Design Tips

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Fall Container Planting: Landscape Design Tips

For most, fall conjures images of colored foliage and falling leaves, of crisp winds and gentle rains, of hot tea and cozy couches–everything but gardening. However, while spring is certainly a great season for gardening, fall provides a surprisingly ideal time for planting. Why Fall Container Planting? Here in the Pacific Northwest, fall brings the […]

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