The sun-drenched colors and inviting textures of summer provide plenty of decorating ideas. The trick is doing it right: A summer-inspired interior can become a tacky, tropical disaster if it’s done with too heavy a hand.
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I get the impression that there are a lot of untrustworthy cats in this country from the number of remedies submitted to me on combating urine odors.
Curious what my garden looks like? Here’s your chance. My hometown of Enumclaw is hosting a tour of eight local gardens to benefit our hospital care van. The tour is Saturday and includes garden art vendors at every garden. I’ll be giving a seminar at the garden that is hosting the food vendors. The topic will be “Shortcuts to a Show Garden” and you’ll learn tips on how anyone can dress up a landscape with very little time or money.
Three towering eucalyptus trees grace the entry to Linda Weiss’ Vashon garden, offering delicate shade and dropping their aromatic leaves all over the blue-gray gravel just in time for the annual Vashon Island Garden Tour this weekend. But Weiss doesn’t mind. Raking up the leaves is a small part of what is a pretty low-maintenance garden, one that takes inspiration from sunnier places such as New Zealand, Arizona, Greece and the gum trees’ native Australia. Created on a sunny patch of bare grass when they bought the house in 2004, Weiss’ garden – on the tour for the first time – isn’t just another piece of outdoor eye-candy. It’s also a great example of how to pull in the sun – and the laid-back vibe that goes with it.
The second week in June means your roses have bloomed and are looking for more food for the second wave of flowers. Fertilize roses, perennials and annuals this week. Anything growing in a container, from lettuce to petunias needs, fertilizer this month as the days are longer and the plants are working overtime producing new growth.
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