Mulching is a year-round project. Traditionally, we apply mulch in the fall to protect roots from frost heaving. Now, it is done to protect plants from drying out. Our weather has changed in the last 25 years; we receive less precipitation in the winter.
Yes, the weather has cooled and the days are short. The rain makes me crave hot tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches and begs me to curl up with a book rather than don the rain suit for more gardening.
My first memories of orchids are the corsages my father bought my mother each year for Mother’s Day. She would keep them in the fridge and be able to wear them to church for a few weeks. I remember being fascinated by the strange shape and brilliant colors of the flowers.
Eating fresh vegetables is no problem for 5-year-old Rhys Nelson of East Wenatchee. He rates kale his top favorite, followed by broccoli — not usual fare for a kindergartner. Next are carrots and strawberries, more likely picks of most youngsters.
Is there anything more beautiful than a field of spring flowers? Probably not, but most of us do not have the space to create such a vista. We can, however, naturalize small bulbs in our lawn and dormant flowerbeds to create a miniaturized vision of a meadow.
Geometric patterns are classics in modern design speak. But one that especially resonates these days is the triangle. Specifically, triangles laid end to end to create mesmerizing larger-scale geometrics, and often in three or more different colors for dramatic effect.
Farmers markets and fruit stands are full to the brim with a beautiful selection of winter squash. Although they make beautiful fall displays for the porch or walkway, they are also pretty darn tasty to eat.
LOS ANGELES — When Alissa Haight Carlton and Latifah Saafir organized the first Modern Quilt Guild meeting in Los Angeles in October 2009, they hoped they would find a few other like-minded quilters who wanted to get together. They weren’t alone: The modern-quilting group today has more than 100 chapters and 5,000-plus members nationwide.