Add color to the shade garden, explore farmers markets

Originally published July 3, 2014 at 6:20 AM | Page modified July 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM Gardening Events Ciscoe’s Picks Heronswood Garden Open, Plant Sale and Tour: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 12. Free lectures by Dan Hinkley and Richie Steffen. 7530 N.E. 288th St., Kingston; $10 donation to tour garden (www.heronswood.com). Seattle Tilth Chicken…
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A European country garden on a Seattle city lot (and a half)

CARLO AND Lalie Scandiuzzi have renovated their garden and 1947 stucco home in Madison Park several times over the more than two decades they’ve lived there. A 1995 kitchen addition wings out to create a sheltered courtyard that catches the morning sunshine. Fragrant Daphne odora ‘Marginata’ makes sitting outside and sipping coffee on a warm…
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Flower power: Huge blooms will amaze and attract

SOMETIMES WE just want showstopping flowers, as grand as we can grow them. Like towering sunflowers that turn their seed-laden heads to follow the path of the sun through the sky. Like exotic canna lilies, and waxy white magnolia flowers opening above our heads to waft their lemon-scented perfume around the garden. Sound sensual? No…
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How the Electoral College Works

Do you remember voting for the president in a mock election in elementary school or junior high? Maybe you selected your candidate at random because you didn’t really know the difference between the two (or care). Well, now you’re older and wiser and know that who you vote for does make a difference. Or does…
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Q&A: the best fertilizer for roses, controlling weeds

Originally published June 26, 2014 at 6:21 AM | Page modified June 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM Gardening Events Ciscoe’s Picks Interbay P-Patch Lavender U-Pick Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 5-6. 2451 15th Ave. W., Seattle (206-999-9677). Yoga for Gardeners at Swansons Nursery: 11 a.m. July 6. Yoga instructor and gardener Theresa Elliott will teach…
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The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science

What? Scientists get things wrong? We know. It’s shocking to hear, but science isn’t always an exact science. Mistakes do happen — and they often lead to great scientific discoveries. So, grab your safety glasses and see if you can identify the most embarrassing scientific moments ever.

Add instant interest by going big, with leaves

THERE’S AN old story, no doubt apocryphal but grounded in truth, about an English designer who was asked by a dissatisfied gardener to diagnose what was wrong with her place. The designer looked around, then down his nose, and declared to the hand-wringing gardener, “The problem is, dear lady, that all your leaves are the…
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This global garden, with many accents, suits its site

AS YOU PASS a palm tree on the dry slope leading up to the front door of Tory Galloway’s stucco house you might think you’re in the California desert. Round the corner of the veranda and change continents. Now you’re gazing down on a valley of eucalyptus groves and semi-exotic-looking plants. You’d never guess you’re…
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