Lucifer is the most well-known type of this flower. (Courtesy Photo)

Brighten up your garden with varieties of Crocosmia

By Steve Smith It is hard for me to focus on one variety of plant this time of year. There are so many fabulous summer… Continue reading

  • Jul 13, 2019


Hardy Fuchsias are so much more than a shade plant

By Steve Smith If you are looking for a perennial that will bloom from June until frost, will tolerate full sun or part shade, comes… Continue reading

  • Jul 8, 2019


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                                Don’s owner Sam Gohar improved the look of the lounge with a granite bar countertop and much more.

Marysville restaurant-lounge gets a makeover at age 50

MARYSVILLE – Some people nowadays like to get facelifts when they turn 50. Well, so did Don’s Restaurant downtown on 4th Street. Actually, it was… Continue reading


Despite NW rain, we still need to water

By Steve Smith There is a certain fact that Northwest gardeners are going to have to start embracing: our summers are getting longer and drier… Continue reading

  • Jun 24, 2019

Lavender can be used for so many things

By Steve Smith I couldn’t help but notice the other day while driving around town that lavender was coming into bloom. That got me thinking… Continue reading

  • Jun 17, 2019

$32 million building going up at Marysville MIC

MARYSVILLE – Vector Development Co. of Kirkland Monday announced its MI-5 Business Park, located at 4000 156th St. NE, is a $32 million facility with… Continue reading

  • Jun 17, 2019

Marysville businessman honored for supporting military

MARYSVILLE – Bristol Alliance of Companies General Manager Tom Eldsmoe was presented with a Patriot Award recently at his office in recognition of overall support… Continue reading

  • Jun 7, 2019
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                                Chocolate Cosmo

4 good reasons to plant in June

When we think of gardening, May comes to mind. But June is when I really get to play in my yard; for all sorts of… Continue reading

  • Jun 7, 2019
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                                Chocolate Cosmo
Actaea Black Negligee is one of the author’s Top 10 favorite plants.

8 choices for dark-foliaged plants

I don’t think that I am alone when I say that I am drawn to plants with foliage that is anything other than green. This… Continue reading

  • May 31, 2019
Actaea Black Negligee is one of the author’s Top 10 favorite plants.

Turn a few heads with these underused plants

By Steve Smith Every year I try to move my customers a little farther out of their comfort zones to experiment with some plants that… Continue reading

  • May 18, 2019

Wisteria lame if you don’t keep it under control with pruning

Out of all the different types of vines that I have sold over the years, wisteria is by far the queen of them all. It… Continue reading

  • May 10, 2019
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                                This Night Sky Petunia has a beautiful purple bloom.

May is the time to get busy in the garden

After the wettest March on record and a very cold and soggy April it is time to get caught up in the garden. Veggies: I… Continue reading

  • May 7, 2019
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                                This Night Sky Petunia has a beautiful purple bloom.

State’s Small-Business Person of the Year owns Marysville operation

MARYSVILLE – Ross Black, owner of Simple Box Storage in Marysville and seven other Northwest locations, recently was named Washington’s 2019 Small Business Person of… Continue reading

  • May 6, 2019

Online home-pricing sites are like distracted driving

By Todd Fahlman Prospective home buyers and home sellers often want to get pricing information for properties without having to always rely on a real… Continue reading

  • Apr 29, 2019

Dwarf lilacs — compact, dependable and even re-blooming

Late April and early May in the Northwest are high season for all kinds of lilacs. They are coming into full bloom and their heavenly… Continue reading

  • Apr 26, 2019

Peonies are beautiful plants that will last for years

By Steve Smith I first fell in love with Peonies back in the early 1970s when I was stationed in Petersburg, VA with the Army.… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2019

Marysville woman wins $30K in Safeway Monopoly

MARYSVILLE – A customer of the Safeway at 1258 State St. won $30,000 this week in the store’s Monopoly game. Maribeth Spence recently moved to… Continue reading

  • Apr 22, 2019

10 months of non-stop color in garden possible with proper perennial planning and planting

By Steve Smith If there was one perennial that personified a cottage garden, it would be Delphiniums. They are the epitome of what I think… Continue reading

  • Apr 12, 2019

Arlington, Marysville CT drivers win honors

Two local residents were recently honored for driving millions of miles for Community Transit. Shelly Schweigert of Arlington was honored for reaching two million miles… Continue reading

  • Apr 8, 2019

Spring an amazing time of year for gardeners

By Steve Smith I know it is probably raining in your garden and will be for at least another week, but I have to tell… Continue reading

  • Apr 8, 2019