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America’s favorite flower, even though the formal rose garden featuring demanding hybrid tea roses with long stems has been replaced by more disease-resistant landscape roses with a more shrubby growth.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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Giant trash compactor coming to downtown Olympia

A 30-yard trash compactor will be installed later this year behind the Big Whiskey Saloon at Fifth Avenue and Franklin Street in downtown Olympia. Property owner Steve Cooper agreed to allow the structure on his site.
Andy Hobbs ahobbs@theolympian.com
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Giant trash compactor coming to downtown Olympia

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Twenty22 Many Suicide March 2016

Long-distance canoe paddlers stop in Tacoma 1:48

Long-distance canoe paddlers stop in Tacoma

Washington state delegates reflect on Democratic National Convention 1:23

Washington state delegates reflect on Democratic National Convention