Marianne Binetti

Marianne Binetti

Marianne Binetti: Beautiful blooms without watering

Some perennials and annual plants will be looking great this week, and those are the ones that are drought and heat resistant. Perennials are plants that come back each year without the need for replanting. If you pick from one of the plants below, you will find them less thirsty and with more interesting flowers and foliage.

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America’s favorite flower, even though the formal rose garden featuring demanding hybrid tea roses with long stems has been replaced by more disease-resistant landscape roses with a more shrubby growth.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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The Olympian's 2016 preseason practice tour: Black Hills Wolves

With senior Conner Furu back from injury and sophomore transfer Jaden Toussaint (Olympia) joining the ranks, Black Hills should have an explosive running game this season behind a veteran offensive line. Quarterback Christian Williams also returns after tossing 19 touchdowns last season.
Lauren Smith lsmith@theolympian.com
The Olympian's 2016 preseason practice tour: Black Hills Wolves 1:36

The Olympian's 2016 preseason practice tour: Black Hills Wolves

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Gregg Bell, Dave Boling discuss Sherman on Kaepernick, Jimmy Graham and more

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Seahawks CB Richard Sherman on Colin Kaepernick's stance, society

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Chris Petersen previews UW season opener vs. Rutgers