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Succeeding with flowering cabbage and kale - by the Whistling Gardener

This is the time of year when we start selling so called “flowering” cabbage and kale as container plants for the fall and winter. When grown properly they can be very effective as winter interest annuals that will survive most northwest winters just fine.

Okay folks, here is a topic that finds gardeners either wildly enthusiastic about or totally repugnant. This is the time of year when we start selling so called “flowering” cabbage and kale as container plants for the fall and winter. When grown properly they can be very effective as winter interest annuals that will survive most northwest winters just fine. Combine them with other hardy perennials like violas, dusty miller, ornamental grasses or trailing vinca and you can have a wowzer of a container for the winter. So why is there such disdain from gardeners for these colorful plants? Here are some thoughts.

Announcing the September 12th 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 September 12th 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 September 12th Mill Creek Town Center Second Thursday Art Walk.

The event will run from 5 to 8 pm on Thursday, September 12, 2013.

Here is a list of the host merchants and their artists:

Left Coast/Right Coast: Rats

Rats are those nasty creatures that seem to pop up when you least want them. As rats have been here before humans by about 100 million years or so, one could argue they have as much right to be here as we do.

The expression “rats” generally means the same thing as “nuts” or “sh*t” or “damn.” It is a statement indicating disappointment or frustration at some daily event, which causes you to be somewhat stressed out.

Here I mean “rats” in the other way. That is those nasty creatures that seem to pop up when you least want them. As rats have been here before humans by about 100 million years or so, one could argue they have as much right to be here as we do. (You could say the same thing about cockroaches, beetles, dinosaurs and thousands of other species that pre-date humans).

For as long as humans lived on the Earth, one of the things they have worked diligently at is eliminating rats from where we live. And for as long as humans live on the Earth they will continue to try and rid their homes of these disgusting creatures.

2013 Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Paine Field

Historic Flight Foundation is pleased to host the Sixth Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend, August 30 – September 1st, 2013.

Historic Flight Foundation is pleased to host the Sixth Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend, August 30 – September 1st, 2013. Together with our Paine Field Partners and the Snohomish County Tourism Promotion Area, “VAW” has become a signature event for families. Join us for food, fun, flying, music, history, inspiration and excitement.

Visiting pilots and aircraft may number 65, all stellar examples of aviation during the three decades between Charles Lindbergh’s solo crossing of the Atlantic in 1927 and commercialized Boeing jet service of the same route in 1957.

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