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"Words of Encouragement," by the Whistling Gardener

Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

I know what you all are thinking: “Will spring ever come?” It’s a fair question but I can assure you that spring has already come and we are well on our way to summer but that probably doesn’t make you feel any better.

Beyond a doubt, this has been the worst spring weather I can remember since moving to the northwest 30 years ago. But don’t despair, it’s not as bad as it seems.

Left Coast / Right Coast: Fake News – Nothing new under the sun!

Mike Gold living the dream in the Pacific Northwest. Photo credit: Scott Brown.

I’m certain that many of you have seen a lot of conservative politicians and conservative radio talk shows talk about the rise in “fake news.” They complain that the news is, basically, unfair to them.

Personally, I find this trend mildly amusing. Why? Because this “event” has been around for well over 100 years.

"Acer Palmatumitis (Japanese Maple Addiction Syndrome)," The Whistling Gardener’s Column

Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. Photo courtesy of Sunnyside Nursery.

One on my first plant addictions, that began years ago and will never be cured, is an affinity for all things Japanese maple.

I just don’t see how anyone can pass on a maple! Not only are they stunning architectural plant specimens to admire, but they always have outstanding fall color as well.

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