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"First Week of August Pep Talk" - from the Whistling Gardener

This is it folks, the final lap of the summer gardening season when all our hard work should come to a crescendo in the form of a giant horticultural orgasm.

This is it folks, the final lap of the summer gardening season when all our hard work should come to a crescendo in the form of a giant horticultural orgasm.

August is high summer for us in the northwest and perennials should be at the height of their glory, ornamental grasses in a state of perfection, roses resplendent with color and annuals still lush and inviting.

While spring is a beautiful time of the year, summer has so much more to offer in terms of color, form and texture. The choices are almost endless and with a little planning and some consistent maintenance this seasonal climax can happen in our gardens year after year. I know, I make it sound so easy don't I?

Announcing the August 8th Mill Creek Second Thursday Art Walk artists

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the August 8th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The Mill Creek Town Center Business Association along with the City of Mill Creek’s Art & Beautification Board is pleased to announce the artists for the August 8th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The event will run from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, July 8, 2013.

Donna Michelson, Mill Creek City Councilmember liaison to the Art & Beautification Board, has been involved in the planning, “The Art & Beautification Board are very excited about the upcoming Art Walk.  This is the second year for this new event and we have added an extra month (June) to make it four months total.”

Left Coast/Right Coast: Tradition! (or is it just inertia?)

This column should is about the nature of East Coast vs. West Coast intellectual capital. Intellectual capital equates human resources and the thinking behind it.

This column should raise some questions to ponder about the very nature of East Coast vs. West Coast intellectual capital. By intellectual capital I mean the human resources available and the thinking behind it in both regions of the country.

New Englanders are inherently snobbish when it comes to the people in that region. I think it starts with Harvard and the over 100 other institutions of higher learning (both colleges/universities and private secondary schools) in the area. Their thinking is something like this, “We invented higher education.”

Off-leash dog park now open at Tambark Creek Park

The Tambark Creek Park off-leash dog area is fully enclosed with a fence. There is an open space, ideal for energetic pups, and a shady area with some trees. It's a clean and beautiful space for dogs and their owners to enjoy.

Tambark Creek is a 40-acre park located southeast of Mill Creek on 35th Ave SE just north of 180th Street SE. With an athletic field, picnic shelters, walking trails, a playground and an off-leash dog area this park can be enjoyed by the whole family.

The off-leash dog area is fully enclosed with a fence allowing dogs to run and exercise off-leash. There is an open space, ideal for energetic pups, and a shady area with some trees. It's a clean and beautiful space for dogs and their owners to enjoy.

Left Coast/Right Coast - Is music different from east to west?

Okay, I’ll admit I am a child of the 60’s and the doo-wop era. What does that mean? Well, start with groups like Dion and the Belmonts and one of their classic hits.

Okay, I’ll admit I am a child of the 60’s and the doo-wop era. What does that mean? Well, start with groups like Dion and the Belmonts and one of their classic hits.

I Wonder Why (Dion and the Belmonts). Most of you Westerners would not know that the group was named for Belmont Avenue in The Bronx. Furthermore, you probably don’t have at your fingertips that The Bronx (one of the 5 boroughs of New York City) is the only borough properly referred to as “The Bronx” and not simply Bronx. Even the New York Yankees are called The Bronx Bombers.

Doo-Wop came out of early rock and roll (if you really want to date yourself, recall Alan Freed – an early impresario of rock and roll shows, some of which were held in Harlem at the famous Apollo Theatre). Freed pre-dated Dick Clark (if that’s possible – as I always thought Clark’s first “rock” show involved dinosaurs and Barney Rubble).

Why Ayurveda Rules!

Why Ayurveda Rules. Ayurveda – (pronounced i-yer-vay-da) literally means the wisdom of life, and it is an ancient science of healing derived some 5,000 years ago from the wisdom of Indian scholars.

A few of years back I was experiencing a number of seemingly disconnected symptoms; low energy, joint pain, constant stomach issues, mood swings and headaches. After seeing a number of health professionals from a range of modalities with no resolution I found my way to an Ayurvedic practitioner. What I discovered about myself, my connection to the world around me and my ability to take charge of my health amazed me. I was hooked.

Forever Home Cat of the Week - Heidi

The local Community Service Officer contacted a Community Cat Coalition member and Heidi became a foster for Cat Tales Rescue until she finds a permanent home. This beautiful blue cream tortie never wants to be abandoned again.

With input from our friends at the Community Cat Coalition, each week we will be featuring a cat that needs a loving home.

Heidi arrived on a woman's porch very thin, hungry and wanting inside. The woman fed her but could not keep her.

The local Community Service Officer contacted a Community Cat Coalition member and Heidi became a foster for Cat Tales Rescue until she finds a permanent home. This beautiful blue cream tortie never wants to be abandoned again.

In praise of the sun loving Sneezeweed

But as I perused our benches this morning I couldn’t help but notice the Heleniums or Sneezeweed with their festive colors of gold and red and rust and orange. They seem like very happy flowers to me, sort of like sunflowers but smaller and they are sturdier than Gallardia or Blanket flower.

As our gardens move toward their summer climax there are so many perennials in bloom that it is really hard for me to zero in on any one group of plants. Crocosmia and Penstemon and Daisies and Hyssop and Salvias to name just a few are all coming into their glory.

But as I perused our benches this morning I couldn’t help but notice the Heleniums or Sneezeweed with their festive colors of gold and red and rust and orange. They seem like very happy flowers to me, sort of like sunflowers but smaller and they are sturdier than Gallardia or Blanket flower. And there are enough variations of them that you can have some blooming now all the way into the fall.

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