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How does your garden grow? Let your neighbors be the judge at the Summer Social!

July 22nd, 2013 by master

At past Maple Leaf Summer Socials, Maple Leaf Life has asked its neighbors what they love about the community and posted photos of their response.

But this year, we’re hoping to do something different at the annual event on Wednesday, July 31, at Olympic View Elementary School, starting at 6 p.m.

The new theme of the Maple Leaf Life booth is the impeccable gardens that grow throughout the neighborhood. To honor our neighbors and the joy their gardens give all of us, we’re having a Best Garden contest at the Maple Leaf Life booth.

Think you’d top the list, or just want to show off your yard? Send us your photos at by 5 p.m. Friday, July 26, and we’ll post them at the Summer Social and let the community vote. And if you can’t get your photo to us by then, go ahead and bring one at the beginning of the Summer Social and we’ll add it to the selection.

Even if you don’t have a photo to share, be sure to stop by our booth to check out Maple Leaf’s best gardens and vote for your faves!

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A sunflower TWICE the size of commen men

August 29th, 2011 by Mike

We know it’s late summer, and we know the weather’s been good for weeks – but this is a bit much. Or maybe a lot much.

Linda emails:

Greetings! My husband and I are organic urban farmers/gardeners in Maple Leaf.

See attached photo of this amazingly tall sunflower in our yard! Is this what happens to plants when the sun finally comes out in Seattle???!!! My husband is 5′ 8″ for reference.

She and Walter didn’t even plant this monster – it volunteered and grew to a mere 5 feet before they left in early July for a month in Europe.

“When we returned on August 6 the height shocked us.  Since then it’s just gotten taller and taller!  We estimate it’s about 14 feet tall now.  The flowers are finally opening; starting at the top but it’s loaded with buds up and down.”

In urban wildlife news, Linda also reports that a sharp-shinned hawk visiting her 5,000-square-foot yard has been trying for song birds. “And finally, had a Lourquins Admiral butterfly visit our veggie garden this past week too!”

She attached a photo of their front gardens from late June.

Any other exceptional garden photos out there?

Photos courtesy Linda Versage

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