If anyone tries to sell you on a landscape design that’s touted as no-maintenance, tell them you’ll swap some ocean- front property in Nebraska for their plans. Who knows, with climate change they may come out ahead.
More than once I’ve watched a gardener bend down to examine something growing in a pot or in one of their beds and say, “I don’t remember planting that,” or “I don’t know where that came from.” Sound familiar?
It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve delved into the world of community gardening. Yes, me, the person who manages to kill house plants, is gardening.
It must be something in the air that makes it so difficult for us Rock dwellers to agree on anything. Maybe it’s another effect of pollen from evergreen trees. In addition to sinusitis.
It was a difficult decision, but it was the right one. Jim Shank, superintendent of the Coupeville School District, and the school board decided that Larry Walsh will not be retained as principal of the high school and middle school in the face of declining enrollment necessitating staff cuts.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m putting a lot of effort into the care and maintenance of a shrub, let alone the financial investment at the time of purchase, I want a reasonable payoff. This is doubly true when it comes to deciduous shrubs.
Filing Week is fast approaching, and with four positions up for re-election at Town of Coupeville, now is a great opportunity to get involved.
In a column a couple of months back, I wrote about some great plants for shade gardens. One of the plants I mentioned was sweet box, or Sarcococca, a very fragrant evergreen perennial that sometimes has a tendency to spread via runners.
This week, voters in the Coupeville School District will receive ballots asking them to approve a $5-million capital facilities levy. If approved, the levy will collect $5 million in property tax revenue over three years, starting in 2016.
If you’re looking for a low maintenance, low growing perennial that likes both full sun and shady gardens, Bergenia might do the trick.
Over the years, we Whidbey dwellers have developed our own language. Let’s call it Rockish. It usually consists of a phrase or two mingled into common America-speak, which itself is derived – some would say deteriorated – from the Queen’s English.
Parking always becomes a topic of conversation before, during and after any major event in Coupeville.
Yes, I know we have more winter to endure, but my daffodils haven’t gotten the memo. Are yours blooming too? And are your baby slugs as happy about it as mine are? How about your hyacinths?
On April 28, Coupeville School District will ask voters to approve a three-year capital projects levy to repair, improve, modernize and/or expand district facilities. The focus of the levy is specific and includes deferred maintenance at all three of the district’s schools and one expansion at the elementary school multi-purpose room.
Hard to believe, but not too long ago some folks on the Rock didn’t care much for mussels. The creatures disfigured dock pilings and messed up boat bottoms. Their sharp-edged shells cut your bare feet. They were tough and rubbery if you ate the big ones right off the beach. And the idea that someone would create a commercial mussel farm and plop several dozen floating platforms on pristine Penn Cove waters just off Madrona Way raised more than a few Rock hackles back in the 1970s.
Some plants can pack a wallop. It might be the breathtaking size or color of the blooms, the shape and texture of the foliage, an unusual form, or maybe just the plant’s rarity in Northwestern gardens that draws you in and makes you say, “Gotta have that!”
What is now a multi billion dollar industry centered around giving loved ones cards, sweets and other gifts, Valentine’s Day has simple beginnings dating back to early centuries.
More kindergartners than ever are spending the entire day in school. Those few extra hours a day have exponential impacts on student achievement, but, unfortunately, not every kindergartner in Washington state has that option.
At first glance, Pieris japonica and Camellia japonica don’t seem to have much in common other than the second part, or specific epithet, of their Latin binomial.
The Port of Coupeville is one of those small governmental entities that most people probably don’t dwell on.