September 22, 2015
NEW — 4:31 p.m. Sept. 22, 2015
Our natural environment plays a huge part in our lives in the Northwest. We love the indoor/outdoor connections and livability during most of the year. The reliability of the plants, the seasons and the views in most neighborhoods has created a basis for our thinking and our lifestyle.
I was at Sammamish City Hall the other day, and the planners were talking about concerns over our native plants. They and many of us are wondering if our natives are going to be able to survive the summer droughts that are coming earlier every year.
July 14, 2015
How art, Issaquah and flowers changed Carrie Schmitt’s life
Carrie Schmitt’s Cougar Mountain sanctuary sits at the end of a long, windy, tree-lined road.
Schmitt lounges in a front-facing room in her comfortable home — it is airy, bright and welcoming, with splashes of pastel-colored blossoms carefully painted on canvases adorning the white walls. Read more
April 28, 2015
This spring’s weather is beautiful, one of the best we’ve had.
Either that or I’m just in a good mood right now. But it does remind me of past springs with nice memories of my childhood yard and in particular, our tool shed. It wasn’t a real shed; it was part of our big, old garage that was built for carriages in 1908. It had a hayloft upstairs and little paned windows for light, rather like an Andrew Wyeth painting.
April 18, 2015
NEW — 6 a.m. April 18, 2015
Ciscoe Morris, the Northwest’s most recognized gardener, gives a talk about (what else?) gardening from 2-3:30 p.m. April 25 at University House Issaquah, 22975 S.E. Black Nugget Road.
During his talk, Morris will focus on spring plants and how to keep fixed planters filled with flowers for months to come. He will also show guests how to start a garden, create beautiful flower displays and harvest vegetables from their patios.
March 25, 2015
The spring equinox is upon us. People traditionally greet it with incredible joy.
Some happy, spirited souls might throw a giant feast; students stay up all night and consume too much liquor. Others might dance the night away, while some unusual folks do strange things. I don’t know what you might like to do to celebrate the end of winter — the termination of scarcity, and the return of hope and plenty.
February 24, 2015
It looks like we are having a very early spring this year. Many of us will not be gardening and pruning early enough to keep up with the “El Niño” conditions.
Usually, February is a good time to dig and move plants, prune fruit trees and roses, cut back ornamental grasses, and just get ready for the growing season. This year, most plants are way ahead of schedule.
January 27, 2015
I have a question. Are the deer living in our yards, or are we living in theirs? About a year and a half ago I asked this question in a column about deer. I just reread that column, and my thoughts have changed. I used to complain, because they seemed to go for my most prized plants. Now, I see them more as part of the landscape rather than a challenge to it. Low maintenance, sustainability and an environmentally sensitive garden are important. I’m growing lots of natives and feel good when I share those plants with the deer.
If you are trying to grow roses, perennials and amazing flowers in suburbia without a fence, your plants are in harm’s way. You might detest the deer and if so, you are looking for plants they don’t like. We can’t remember everything they like and don’t like, so it’s best to know just the generalities. Here are a few: Read more
September 23, 2014
I was down at Boehm’s the other day. The weather was gray but warm, and I was feeling a little flat.
When I got out of my car I sniffed the air to see if I could find the wonderful scent of chocolate. I couldn’t. I couldn’t because the smell of a fantastic rose overcame everything. It flooded the parking lot, the air and me. It was terrific. I was uplifted just by that smell.
The sense of smell is very strong and capable of bringing back images and memories that we think are lost, including childhood experiences or maybe a fantastic meal. A nice memory can lift your mood and change a cloudy day into a sunny one. I’m not sure if you can overload your senses or not, but it would be fun to try.
Ciscoe Says — Master gardener Ciscoe Morris helps the Issaquah Grange celebrate its 80th anniversary
September 16, 2014
September 2, 2014
Master Gardener Ciscoe Morris to appear
A longtime Issaquah institution is celebrating its 80th anniversary with a day full of free food, giveaways and a visit from a Pacific Northwest gardening icon.
Grange Supply has been in business since 1934, starting as a Renton-area diesel pump before relocating to Issaquah in 1943 and expanding into the all-things-gardening, farming and pets outpost it is today.
The store will celebrate its eight decades of operation from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6.
“Eighty is a big milestone, so it would be great to celebrate with our community. We are so grateful to them for sticking with us so long,” said Alex Prus, who handles marketing at Grange Supply.