It is again that time of the year when our thoughts turn to cleaning up our yards and planting new flowers and shrubs. I have a spot next to my front porch that needed a shrub with very particular characteristics, when full-grown, as to height, width, lack of sun most of the day and most of all — an evergreen perennial. I first tried the big box stores because of their large spring plant selections. Unfortunately, neither Lowes, Fred Meyer or Home Depot had exactly what I was looking for so I thought I would expand my search to include the large plant nurseries in the area.
Since I used to live in Woodinville, my first choice was Molbak’s but I decided they were too far from Everett to go for just one plant. My second choice was Wight’s in Lynnwood, a wonderful nursery, but my wife reminded me of that @#$% speed camera ticket she received for blasting, at the horrifying speed of 31 mph, past three teenagers walking on the sidewalk two hours after the nearest school was out for the day and this was on a street with a normal speed limit of 35 mph. My wife then went on the Internet to search for another choice and found McAuliffe’s in Snohomish, a nursery we had never been to before so we decided to try them on April 26. What a beautiful, delightful place! A very nice lady (I wish I remembered her name) took a lot of time to personally show us and explain every plant they had that would work in our situation. We bought the perfect shrub that day and we will be going back there again in the future. And, once again — it was Lynnwood’s loss.