10 Mar 2015

How To Plant Strawberries from Bare Root Stock: Garden DIY

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How To Plant Strawberries from Bare Root Stock: Garden DIY

Nothing says spring like the sweet-tart taste of the first crisp, red, home-grown strawberry. Although the calendar says the start of spring is still a few weeks off, now is the time to prepare your patch. But do you know how to plant strawberries? Our favorite way to plant a strawberry patch is to use […]

23 Feb 2015

Obsidian Wind Chimes, Sonic Sculptures: Meet the Maker

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Obsidian Wind Chimes, Sonic Sculptures: Meet the Maker

When we first laid eyes on Deborah and Richard Bloom’s obsidian wind chimes a few years back, we knew we had to bring them into our shop. You might not think of stone as resonant. Neither did we. But the sound of these chimes is truly something to behold, and each piece resonates differently. The […]

16 Feb 2015

Get Your Garden Ready for Spring In 5 Simple Steps

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Get Your Garden Ready for Spring In 5 Simple Steps

Have you seen the Camellia trees laden with blooms? The crocus flowers opening up? The buds forming on bare tree branches? The “February Spring Fake-out” is in full force here in Portland, and we’re LOVING IT. But don’t get ahead of yourself and do anything rash, like set your tomato starts outside. We’re still well […]

11 Feb 2015

Pistils Winter Wellness Instagram Giveaway Winner!

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Pistils Winter Wellness Instagram Giveaway Winner!

Last week, as part of our Meet the Maker interview with Portland Apothecary, we launched an Instagram giveaway around the theme of seasonal wellness. We asked folks to share a photo to answer the question: How do you stay happy, healthy and green through winter? The responses that came in are as beautiful as they […]

4 Feb 2015

Portland Apothecary’s Community Supported Herbalism: Meet the Maker

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Portland Apothecary’s Community Supported Herbalism: Meet the Maker

Portland Apothecary is close to our heart; this talented crew of acupuncturists, herbalists and plant lovers has been at the forefront of the local maker and traditional remedy movement, launching a seasonal Community Supported Herbalism (CSH) and consistently creating remedies that are as beautiful to use as they are to behold. As part of our […]

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 […]

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