Category: June

June–The Power of Paint

I’ve often thought that Seattleites should paint their houses wild and vibrant colors as an antidote to the gloom. I need that antidote right now. I’ve lived here for decades and I know that summer often doesn’t start until after…

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June–gardens still running amuck

The bounty continues in Seattle–although in some places it is starting to fail. I mostly walk the same routes with the dog–have for years–but sometimes it’s like I’m seeing parts of the walk for the first time. Maybe senility is…

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PLANT UPDATE – June – Wisteria

So here’s wisteria after blooming and just beginning to show you the kind of growth a wisteria can put on. It appears that this is a well-pruned wisteria (= pruned well and fairly frequently) and so may not run amuck.…

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June – Pollinator Watch Update

My neighbor has a purple-flowered hebe (or several since it takes up about 6-7′ x 3-4′ of space). Regretfully, I don’t know which cultivar of hebe this one is. Of the plants right around my yard, this is the big…

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PLANT UPDATE – June, Cornus kousa

The kousa dogwood has a long and varied flowering season. The “flowers” are actually bracts and go from green to white to pink. Here you can see a few just starting to go over to pink.

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JUNE – California bees

I’ve been down in California at a bee seminar in the Carmel Valley. 7:30 in the morning until 9 or so at night – bees, bees, bees. I caught, pinned, identified (or more often, mis-identified) bees by going through a…

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