Pacific Northwest

August, 2005
Regional Report

National News - From NGA Editors

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National News

Storm water runoff can be a big problem in summer during heavy thunderstorms. As the water rushes across roofs and driveways, it picks up oil and other pollutants. Municipal storm water treatment...

A Different Lamb's Ears

When you say lamb’s ears ( Stachys byzantina ), most flower gardeners think of the perennial with silvery white, wooly foliage and purple flower spikes. However, there is another version of lamb’s...

All About Watermelons

There is nothing that says “summertime” like fresh watermelon. If you’re looking for more ways to use watermelons in recipes, as decorations, or in activities with your kids, check out the...

New False Aster

Boltonia is a flower in the aster family that blooms in late summer. A North American native, boltonia produces masses of white, pink, or violet flowers, depending on the variety. This perennial...

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In the Garden


In Praise of Pieris

My interest in pieris began ten years ago when I was mentally designing the greenbelt that surrounds our property. I wanted a low-maintenance evergreen shrub with seasonal interest that would be equally happy in sun or shade. As I scoured local...
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Organic Lawn Care If your heart's desire is to grow a lawn without spending hours each week taking care of it, and...

Favorite or New Plant

Daylilies I've been noticing a lot of daylilies lately. These tough, hardy perennials seem to be making a...
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Regional Reminders

  • Reduce Blossom End Rot
  • Control Budworms
  • Water Deeply
  • Plant Fall Crops
  • Watch For Bean Beetles

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