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Musing on weather- Alternative to Plant of the Week
Musing on weather- Alternative to Plant of the Week

At Cloud Mountain, we have a long history of growing fruit trees, first as a commercial orchard and nursery and now as an agricultural education center. But after many decades of experience, we can still be astonished at how different plants react to varied weather. This was brought to mind last week by the ‘Plant […]

Plant of the Week- April 6
Plant of the Week- April 6

Plant of the Week- Pears Right now at Cloud Mountain, all the Asian Pears are just passing full bloom in the orchards, with the European Pears just starting to flower. Pears are a relatively easy fruit to grow in our climate, so I thought we should highlight them when they are also adding ornamental interest […]

Plant of the Week- March 23
Plant of the Week- March 23

Tall Oregon Grape! Right now, one of the showiest plants in bloom is Tall Oregon Grape, Mahonia aquifolium. Our area is native to 3 species of Mahonia, and Tall Oregon Grape is the most widespread of these.  This remarkable evergreen shrub will grow in sun or partial shade, on rocky, sandy or even wet clay soils. […]

What a winter it has been!
What a winter it has been!

It is now the last week of February, and throughout Whatcom County, we are seeing early plums in bloom, buds on cherries and peaches swelling, and even pears showing signs of waking up. Should we be worried? Here at Cloud Mountain Our greatest fear is that the skies clear during cold weather. All fruit trees […]

Peppers! By Celeste Monke
Peppers! By Celeste Monke

‘Tis the season. Temperatures are high and the hothouse fruits are fruiting. This furry fellow still has some days to go, but should turn into a spicy 2” beast with a heat level somewhere between Serranos and Cayenne. A furry pepper you ask? Yes. It’s a Rocoto pepper, from the Andean highlands species Capsicum pubescens […]

Summer Harvest Day and Open House
Summer Harvest Day and Open House

Sunday, August 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Cloud Mountain Farm Center will be hosting an Open House and Summer Harvest Day. This is an opportunity for you to come out and visit to learn about the various crop and production trials and internship program happening here. We’ll have stations set up with a […]


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