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Linda Holmes-Cook | In search of joy: Tips to help dahlia growth

My grandniece Kharma Jo came along with me yesterday as I headed out to weed my dahlia gardens. She quickly learned to identify the spotted spurge and purslane, goathead and morning glory, and was full of questions about why I liked to grow dahlias. I tried to explain the joy of the bloom, but with very few flowers in bloom yet, it was hard to illustrate this for her. All the same, she had a great time and wants to come back to help again. My experiences with weeding this ...
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Linda Holmes-Cook | Wood hath hope: The cycle of plant life

A couple weeks ago I was checking my Facebook notifications to find a post from my daughter Abby. “Did you know that Father Lovett died?” she asked. I said “No … Where did you hear that?” She told me that a friend from St. Jude’s Parish in Redmond had told her. Father was the founder of our former parish, St. Jude’s, and I immediately Googled his name. My heart broke when I found out that it was indeed true. Father Gerald Francis Xavier Lovett passed away at the age of ...
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Linda Holmes-Cook | An autumn lullaby

As I waited for the light to change on the corner of 19th and Sunset Highway, I couldn’t help but be reminded that harvest is upon us. Tractor-trailer rigs laden with square boxes filled with Honeycrisp, Gala, Grannies, Jonagold, Ambrosias, Auroras, Goldens and Reds lumber past, destined for packing sheds and ultimately, markets throughout Washington, the U.S., and other parts of the world. This is the time of year that so many of us spend the rest of the year preparing for — we are now rewarded for our careful ...
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Linda Holmes-Cook | Dahlia showtime in North Central Washington

After a season of dahlia shows all over Washington, North Central Washington finally gets to play host. We will be welcoming some of the top dahlia growers in the Northwest, as they head east to participate in the final show of the season, right here in Wenatchee. It’s been a hard year for dahlias here in the Wenatchee valley, with record-setting dry hot temperatures during July and August. In an ironic twist, while the dahlias were experiencing a case of arrested development, the goathead, purslane, morning glory, chickweed and sperge ...
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Linda Holmes-Cook | Growing a legacy is a labor of love

Someone once told me that nothing worth having is easy — if it is worth having, it is worth working for. In my work as a school counselor, children often told me that something they were struggling with was “hard.” I would agree, but would remind them that they CAN do hard things. This is true as well for dahlia growers, especially in North Central Washington.
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Linda Holmes-Cook | Dahlias: Stress relief on a stem

I don’t remember the first time I realized what good medicine it was to walk through my dahlia garden. Oh sure, I knew how good exercise was for me, and gardening certainly provides that. We also know that there is a direct correlation between stress and overall wellness, and that being active is better than being sedentary. But therapy? Seriously?
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Linda Holmes-Cook | Why I have a passion for dahlias

As one of eight children growing up in Snohomish County, I often felt like there was never enough of anything to go around. We dressed in homemade clothes or hand-me-downs, our shoes were mended with half-soles made out of old tires, and all eight of us were bathed every Saturday in the same tub of rapidly cooling, graying water.