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.
When I checked a map of the weather monitoring stations throughout the island via www.wunderground.com this New Year’s morning, I saw numbers ranging from below freezing to 46 degrees. We’ve been having results like this for quite a while. Remember the recent snow storm that missed Oak Harbor and Coupeville and dumped four inches on the south end?
The cold-blooded murder of 12 people at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is a reminder that freedom sometimes comes with a high price.
Few of us bother to sing the third verse of “Deck the Halls” at Christmastime, but it’s a sweet celebration of the new year’s approach: “Fast away the old year passes / Hail the new, ye lads and lasses / Sing we joyous all together / Heedless of the wind and weather!” So, ye Whidbey lads and lasses, herewith I sing carols about some fond year-end memories here on the Rock, heedless of our wind and weather.
A number of years ago, a few people with vision realized the need for a Boys & Girls Club in Coupeville. Spurred to action by Margie Parker and Sue Roundy, the pair realized that the Central Whidbey Youth Coalition’s Saturday night get-together in the gym proved the need.
If you work for the government, “the people” are ultimately your boss. It’s a cliche, to be sure. It’s ungrammatical and oversimplified.
Last week I got real excited. And it wasn’t because an ice-cream truck overturned in front of my house.
Americans throw away 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than in any other season. It amounts to about 1 million extra tons per week. Think about those holiday parties, the paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, wrapping paper, Styrofoam stuffing, plastic packaging, ribbons, decorations, the food waste and the tree!