ABOUT ME

Welcome to Sequim Plants – formerly Skyline Nursery

This is the website of a small nursery in the town of Sequim, WA.
Herbert Senft proprietor. 1080 W. Hendrickson Rd. Sequim, WA 98382 USA – (360) 683-2294

Podophyllum peltatum flower
The picture shown on my opening page suggests my transfusion from hiker, photographer to nurseryman and finally to being a landscaper and gardener. I seem to have hit a reset button this year and although I no longer have display gardens my forty years in horticulture is always ready to help you make some interesting plant connections.

Revelations all!

Aging usually is thought of as a transformation process. Usually involving “wisdom.” I now view “ABOUT ME” which I am not, as floating towards an epitaph. How many of you have given thought to your own. That epitaph is not mine of course but I look upon what I wrote a few years ago with hubris.

Since then five gardening friends have died. One of ALS and I was very involved with his sad journey. The unexpected would hit me the next year and change much about my life. Becoming disabled ended my pry bar, maul and pick-axing days and recent events have added to that decline.  My life has not been one of stabilization into new conglomerate forms, nor will it become sedimentary. The last years of illness and being reformed were to be endured and the remaining years will be a journey – a transformation into something better.

I hope some of the articles will also give you a chuckle, and sometimes evoke a memory or even a tear. You see, many of my repeat customers have now passed on or cannot garden anymore. Every day I miss their critiques, guidance and silenced voices. You will find posts to them in my blogs.

I must note that one should check ahead before visiting. This is a year of cleanup and new beginnings. ‘Plants for Sale’ has just been started and it is a work in progress. Sometimes it seems I need to spend as much time site building as propagating and cleaning up plants. I hope you visit my blog on Google. Sadly you need to be a member. That blog is ever changing. I hope you decide to follow or contribute to some of my articles.

Bloodroot Dbl. white
Trillium grandiflorum
Corydalis f. Blue Heron

My last commentary was on the lack of interest in Native plants. Native plants wherever you are from provide a delectable palate for landscaping. Why is this not more prevalent?
The gardens that we plant and nurture are a good reflection of the health and depth of our hearts and souls. In a time of proxy wars and increasing tensions between east and west we should reflect how much better co-operation works. Communities and nations are also like gardens. Some are naturally better endowed, others are simply better planned and some others shine more brightly simply because they began with less and had to struggle. All however, need to be fought over in the most constructive sense of the word.

It has been my experience that most gardens are reactive rather than proactive. By that I mean, that the average gardener brings out the insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers when the plants or community is in stress. You generally do more harm than good with such knee jerk reactions. Long term investments (and patience) always pay off. Think long term and plant things that will attract pollinators to your garden, not pests.

I suppose metaphors of plants in a healthy garden reflect the proper cultivation of community or politics. As with incarcerated individuals in prison, plants deprived of sunlight or freedom to grow will slowly wither and die. This applies to the garden when faster and more dominant plants hog the sunshine. Providing proper nutrition and sustenance in a neglected garden will always create an unexpected outcome in what can and might be harvested in the future. Poor soils with limited and stunted investments will rarely create a good garden.

We seem to garden with ego’s and agendas rather than realizing that the earth we share should ever be preserved by hard tilling and the investiture of sweat and labor towards later and greater rewards . Investments that our children will be reaping long after we’re gone … and in that sense the garden provides one with immortality stretching out to future friends yet unknown who in their own ‘circle’s-turn will take wonder at all you’ve done.

(C) Herb Senft 2015

Thank you for visiting and I hope to see you at the nursery soon. The Google map!

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ABOUT ME — 4 Comments

  1. Herb, what a delight to hear from you! I wasn’t sure you were still in the area and so happy to hear you are still around. I am not much of a technology buff and because of you I looked at our website more closely and saw things I didn’t know “the kids” had done. Thank you for opening my eyes. I appreciate your commends so much. We are slowing down as the years go by but Roger is still here from early to late because he just can’t not do that–I think you remember him well enough to understand. Our lives have stayed busy with our 3 children, 7 grandchildren and now 2 great-grandchildren (but who’s counting :-}. It would be good to see you. Lets try to make that happen. Thank you again for contacting us. Ellie for both of “the Sunny Farmers”.

    • Dear Ellie and Roger,

      Had I to pick out a handful of businesses in Sequim I would have worked for. Sunnyfarms would have been at the top. D&K would be next.** I will make sure to drop by despite the hermit impulses. Kaint think of many more, perhaps Anjo Soils. Oh well, my remaining activity is lapidary and once in a while cooking. I so miss the Nursery business! I thought your web site was really nice and I LOVED the black and white retro advertizing! http://sunnyfarms.com/country_store.html

      With blessings, Herb

  2. I was thrilled to see that you are still doing what you love. I am also still in the business after nearly 30 years, though I finally went part time this year so I could have more flexible time to spend with my mom, family and friends. I will always know and be grateful that you were my first inspiration and first boss. Thanks for the opportunity to grow and be apart of such a wonderful community of plant lovers.

    • OMG, Tama,

      Have often thought of you and had no way to connect. You, Luen, Vallie and the others made the place that it was. Now it has joined the box store of the future. Glad you held on to an alternative Nursery. So, So needed. Heck, after near dying last year I am finally hopping around again and am just so glad to be able to move again. Nothing like starting things over again. I seem to do that a lot.

      As you will note, I still rant on about politics and am so ready to flee to a saner place should we elect TRUMP. St. Helena Island sounds perfect for me. At least there I wouldn’t mess up on a dinner date mix-up by going to the wrong place.

      You still working in the Scott’s Valley Nursery? It probably has changed hands like our own lumberyard did a number of times.
      Hey! I would work for you any time. If anything, I have even gotten better with age.

      Cannot believe Vallie died just after she found the love of her life. So unfair.

      Stay in touch by email.
      Miss the area terribly and regret this foolish move more than I can every say.
      Certainly did not resolve the problems I had. Might even have done something with Luen (Barnhard’s) but was always crippled by the
      ever present divorce threat which happened anyway. The what if’s of life. :-(

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