Marianne Binetti

Marianne Binetti

7 tips for improving your own rose garden

June is the month of roses. The rose is still America’s favorite flower, even though the formal rose garden featuring demanding hybrid tea roses with long stems has been replaced by more disease-resistant landscape roses with a more shrubby growth.

Marianne Binetti

Tough plants can provide early color

The final week in April is a good time to make your plans for a colorful summer with blooming container gardens. It may still be too early to plant our heat-loving flowering and vegetable plants such as coleus, basil and marigolds but if you find nice specimens at a nursery or garden center, buy them now and just protect them at night by covering with a light sheet or moving them under a covered porch or patio.

Marianne Binetti

Downton Abbey in your garden

The first week of April is when fools rush in and plant warm- season crops and flowers outdoors much too early. Wait until mid-May, when all danger of frost has passed, before letting heat-loving tomato starts, squash, coleus, marigolds and impatiens spend the night outdoors.

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Firefight against noxious invaders

Firefighters set grasslands ablaze to help clear invasive Scotch broom and mitigate wildfire danger on the Center for Natural Lands Management's Mazama Meadows northeast of Grand Mound.
Tony Overman toverman@theolympian.com
Firefight against noxious invaders 1:16

Firefight against noxious invaders

East Olympia Fire District 6 says bond measure important for upgrading aging equipment 1:10

East Olympia Fire District 6 says bond measure important for upgrading aging equipment

Meet Chinook, the newest resident of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium 3:00

Meet Chinook, the newest resident of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Olympia Poetry Slam team preps for nationals 3:01

Olympia Poetry Slam team preps for nationals