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May musings and other rambling thoughts from the Whistling Gardener

Pitcher Plants are carnivorous and will help control unwanted insects like flies and mosquitos

It should be no surprise to my readers that May is a difficult month for me to accomplish much in my own garden (it is one of the unfortunate consequences of running a garden center). I can usually steal away a few hours at the end of the day to get the beds cleaned up and the soil prepared and then thankfully the Missus steps in and does most of the planting.

Northwest Reads by the University Book Store: “Skookum Summer: A Novel of the Pacific Northwest,” by Jack Hart

The Chinook term also signifies “magic” or “spirit,” and clearly, for Hart, our Puget Sound Region oozes skookum. It has inspired Hart, a former managing editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, to write this exceptionally constructed and brilliantly rendered novel of the Pacific Northwest.

"A man can have skookum. So can a place. It's strength, a sort of mysterious power," Jack Hart writes in his new novel ”Skookum Summer: A Novel of the Pacific Northwest.” The Chinook term also signifies “magic” or “spirit,” and clearly, for Hart, our Puget Sound Region oozes skookum. It has inspired Hart, a former managing editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, to write this exceptionally constructed and brilliantly rendered novel of the Pacific Northwest.

May 2014 News and Events from Mill Creek Women's Club

News and events from Mill Creek Women's Club include: The YWCA Inspire Luncheon was attended by 60 Club members who listened to speaker Cheryl Strayed, author of Best-selling memoir “WILD.”

The YWCA Inspire Luncheon on May 1, 2014, in Everett raised $158,000, well over their goal, and was supported and attended by 60 Mill Creek Women’s Club members who were captivated listening to speaker Cheryl Strayed get personal about her life. Her New York Times Best-selling memoir, “WILD,” is due to release in film in the fall with Reese Witherspoon playing Cheryl and Laura Dern as her mother.

Beware of downy mildew, from the Whistling Gardener

For years I have planted flats of impatiens in our garden. Last year however our impatiens seemed to drop dead overnight early in the fall and the cause was a disease called downy mildew.

For years the missus and I have planted a dozen or so flats of impatiens in our garden in cool shady areas (but also in full sun) and enjoyed months of nonstop blooms clear up to the first frost.

Last year however our impatiens seemed to drop dead overnight early in the fall several weeks before they should have and the cause was a disease called downy mildew. IDM (impatiens downy mildew) started out on the east coast and has become epidemic to the point the nurseries no longer sell them.

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