Osmanthus: a fragrant bush for sun, partial shade | Opinion

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 2:00AM

If you like the look of holly but want something fragrant and non-invasive, consider giving Osmanthus heterophyllus a try. This member of the olive family has holly-like leaves with one to four spiny points on each side and small, white, four petalled flowers that bloom in the fall. You can easily distinguish between holly and O. heterophyllus by the arrangement of the leaves on the stems. Holly leaves occur alternately, while Osmanthus are opposite.


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Put plant bullies in their place and not in your garden | Sowin 'n' the Trowel

  • Nov 11, 2015 at 4:00PM

I guess it’s time for “The Talk.” No, not that talk. Not unless you’re an adolescent who stumbled upon this gardening column by accident while searching your grandma’s kitchen counter for the missing jar of Nutella and you need the lowdown on the birds and the bees. No, this talk is about not planting invasive species in your garden or giving amnesty to noxious weeds and other big, bad plant bullies.

The rejuvenating effect of more kids | Rockin' a Hard Place

  • Nov 4, 2015 at 4:00PM

I was happy to see that enrollment in Coupeville’s public schools is on the rise after steadily declining for the past decade. The town’s been feeling a bit arthritic and it needs a burst of youthful energy. We can use more kick-ball screaming and jump-rope rhyming; hopefully that will help drown out the clatter of so many canes and walkers.

Fall Euonymus is anything but anonymous | Sowin 'n' the Trowel

  • Oct 28, 2015 at 7:00PM

This is a great time of year for at least one type of Euonymus: the burning bush. Don’t confuse it with the smoke tree, or smoke bush. They’re different plants from entirely different plant families. Smoke tree is a Cotinus and related instead to the sumac. This is one instance where if there’s smoke there isn’t necessarily fire.

New blood needed to shake things up on hospital board | In Our Opinion

  • Oct 21, 2015 at 6:00PM

Georgia Gardner and Nancy Fey want to continue serving on the board of elected officials that sets policy for the hospital. They are being challenged by two very different candidates. Rob Born is a firebrand, an outspoken critic of the hospital. Erika Carnahan is a calm person who believes in a collaborative approach. Both challengers will provide second opinions — and fresh ideas — needed on the board.

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