North Central Washington is a complex natural environment to live in. Fire has been a part of this place for millennia — erasing and re-writing the landscape and enlivening the forest with new growth while eliminating the overstock of debris and turning it back into accessible nutrients.
Etiquette is not just about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly, it’s about your behavior and how you respectfully treat others. After all, isn’t etiquette the invisible glue that holds civilized societies together?
Houseplant information is easier to find than ever before with the resources available on the Internet. Some sources of information are more reliable than others and the end of a website address often offers a clue. I’ll explain briefly.
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.