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Wednesday, May 20, 2009 www. arlington times, corn The Arlington Times o: A7 Special to Arts & Leisure prevention screenings from Summit Rehabilita- MARYSVILLE -- tion, free bicycle safety Marysville-area residents checks for those who will have an opportunity ride their bikes to the to focus on fitness during event, information on the June 6 Healthy Cam- Marysville Youth Sports munities Challenge Day, Clubs, walking and run- taking place from 1-7 ning seminars, free herb p.m. at the Allen Creek garden kits for kids, and Elementary School and demonstrations and raf- the Marysville YMCA, at ties of Nintendo Wii sets. 6505 6Oth Dr. NE. A Marysville Mile Walk The main stage for will also be conducted on the event will be set up at the Jennings Park loop, the Allen Creek Elemen- and healthy food will be tary School courtyard,available fr6m vendors Scheduled events include such as Let's Dish! two rounds of hula hoop The event is being challenges, from 1:30-presented by the city of 2:15 p.m. and from 3:30- Marysville Parks and 4:15 p.m., an appearance Recreation Department, by Ciscoe the Gardeneralong with Healthy Cam- from 2:30-3:30 p.m., and munities of Marysville, a Tim Noah concert from the Marysville YMCA, 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Marysville Globe, In addition, Healthy the Marysville School Communities Challenge District, the Sno-Isle Day will feature free Libraries, Summit Reha- family health screenings bilitation, Marysville from Marysville FamilyFamily Medicine, Get Medicine, sports injury Movin' and Let's Dish! SARAH ARNEY Arts & Leisure Ciscoe Morris was a special guest to the Arlington Education Foundation Fundraiser on May 14 and will also appear at The Marysville Healthy Communities Challenge Day on June 6. Gardening with .... The WhistlingGardener b~hTs ~nCC~e 2it2.or tic u]m ri s t n the cacophony of Spring when there are so many plants coming into bloom it is often easy to overlook some. What with flower- ing cherries, magnolias, dogwoods and such, some plants just get lost in the shuffle. Decidu- ous azaleas are a classic example. Very few deciduous shrubs can equal decidu- ous azaleas for showi- ness and color range, not to mention fragrance. Yet they are a tough sell in the nursery. Although evergreen azaleas keep their leaves all year they can't match their decidu- ous brethren for blooms in the yellow, orange, coral, red and bicolor contrasts. The foliage often turns brilliant orange red to maroon in the fall and they will grow in full sun to part shade needing pretty much the same things the most sweetly scented fragrance of any plant I have ever known. Most deciduous azaleas grow to six or eight feet tall and are that rhodies require well suited for the back of the bed. Unlike the ever- only they are much less demanding, green types, deciduous In a one to five gallon ones adapt well to full sun pot in the nursery these or partial shade and are wonderful shrubs don't not particular about soil have a whole lot to offer or fertilizer. Every few (except their fabulous years you can even chop blooms of course). They them to the ground if you can look leggy and mis- wish. The best time to shapen when they are prune them is just after young and their blooms they finish blooming. Give them a little rhodie can be sparse. But give food in the spring and a them a chance to get light dressing of mulch established in your gar- den and you will wonder and they are set for the why you didn't plant season. Supplemental water in the heat of the some years ago. When we purchased summer is a nice thing to do as well but not essen- our house 20 years ago there were some of these tial. You will get better bud set if you apply some azaleas planted next to our driveway. At the summer water. time I wasn't familiar Now is the time to with them and since it buy these plants when was late August they they are in full bloom and weren't much to look at you can check out their anyway. But in the fall true flower colors instead they turned a vibrant of trying to rely on a bronzy-red color and the picture tag that might be faded. Just remember following spring they burst into bloom with that despite the fact that they may look homely in a nursery pot, they will develop into one of your favorite shrubs in a few short years. Here are some vari- eties that I think are especially garden worthy. Cannon's Double -- a double light yellow with peach/orange blotch. Homebush -- bright pink. Gibraltar -- orange with good fragrance. Fragrant Star -- white flowers with fabulous fragrance -- foliage is bluish green. Arneson's -- any in this series are superb with high disease resis- tance and spectacular fall color. Ruby -- dark red flow ers. Ruby Princess -- same as above but smaller. Flame -- vivid red. Cameo -- pink with an orange blotch. Steve Smith is owner of Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville. He can be reached at 425-334-2002 or online at info@sunny- Help support these organizations intheir "FUN-d" raising efforts by subscribing today! ;, i, L New and Used autos 'i as low as 4.750/OAPR* 6(~ Wow, compact fluorescent lights Dad ~ Morn come in lots of (who DID know abOUt CFLs) different styles... 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