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June 17, 1971     Shelton Mason County Journal
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;7 by JAN DANFORD Where once were wooded hillsides overgrown with brush and weeds, and where the wandering waters of an unrestricted stream were slowly seeping into swamplands, now grow multi-colored multitudes of azaleas and rhododendrons in a man-made marvel of natural beauty. Bud (Vernon) Wyatt, a veteran horticulturist who has specialized in the propagation of rhododendrons and azaleas for 35 years, began his project in 1968 on a four-acre tract near Union. Four huge cedars and as many alders were felled to make the road upon which he transported the thousands of plants and the endless loads of topsoil to the cleverly contrived terraces which extend far up the slope. Smaller trees and bushes were uprooted by means of a winch and a truck. The remaining trees are tall and stately, against a forest background and between them the clearings are planted ill an informal manner, following gentle contours to create a woodland park. One may travel switch-back trails to the top of the terraces. strolling between huge rhododendrons, decades old, and beside wee seedlings, crosses hybridized by Wyatt. The stream, brought under control, has been encouraged to flow in waterfall fashion across the notched trunk of a tree that had come to rest across the creek "I plugged the stream bed where it ran under the log," Wyatt explained, "and cut a shelf into the tree, across which the waters now run." Beside the brook are innumerable native woodland plants collected from far and wide. Erythroniums, trilliums, hardy cyclamen, sternbergia, ixla, scillas, chionodoxa, Star of Bethlehem and a wide variety of violets rub green elbows with cousins less well-known. Exotic trees include a Chinese Jujubi date; two black walnuts of the larger and thinner-shelled Thomas type; figs and Chinese chestnuts; Franquette walnuts; and even a Paw-Paw tree from which Wyatt expects a golden crop this year. A large vegetable garden, many sorts of berries, and several specimen plants complete the landscaping. L t BUD WYATT admires the blossoms of one of the many rhododendrons that landscape the premises of his acreage near Union. nnlas Val Zinnias and marigolds bow only to petunias as faw)rites in the garden and their huge, colorful blooms are featured in Bud Wyatt, born in the town oLHolty.inthe, county of K itsap, has lived in this area for 50 years. At one time he was the owner and operator of Olympic Water Gardens, and he shipped waterlilies throughout the United States and Canada. In 1937 he built a grocery store in Union, which he ran for several years, eventually adding a salesyard known as "Wyatt's Azalea Land". From his formery nursery, "Wyatt's Little Acre", in Wonderview Development he brought plants for his present project when, upon his retirement, he took up residence in his new home. A former member of the Royal Horticultural Society, he still retains membership in the American Rhododendron Society. Three of Wyatt's Rhododendrons are officially named in the International Registry in England, as well as one Azaleadendron. Many, many, many fine and outstanding crosses grow on his premises purely for his own enjoyment, representing Years of work, infinite patience and a tremendous amount of skill and knowledge. The crossing of varieties is marigohls come in handy. J'he smallest zinnia flower is on an 8-inch-tall species, Zinnia linearis. Used for a ground cover, any Old Mexico and Persian Carpet are 8 to 12-inch-high zinnias. Flowers of Old Mexico are mahogany-red, edged with the green blades and feather grass, also perennial, produces tufted green spears. Both of these grasses grow 3 to 4 feet tall. : m~ay..]l~,~2.~ .... ~,,~.. ....... 3n.~,~dow boxes or.1~r edging, varying ~hades of gold and ma~ be About the same height are ~nt~bl~ri, t~ki~ '~i~i~ ~: ::.i~a;:~ .... ' :, foxta, il t~ll|~t,,~il~nodd~ng spikes ?;~ b~ plants with enorrl~ous flowers the time seeds are sown and is Those in the Persian Carpet and Job's iea'~, ~hich~ grows 3 feet tall and produces hard, pearly white seeds, good with other dried material and also when strung for unusual necklaces. Animated oat~ has panicles a foot long on plants 3 feet high and florets that move by hygroscopic action ! A half-hardy annual is called ruby grass because of the 10-inch-long panicles which may be pink or reddish-brown. Plants grow 4 feet tall; flowers are lovely in borders and fine for cutting. The tallest grass that can be grown easily from seeds is pampas grass from the great plains of Brazil. Growing 8 to 10 feet high, this produces long, silky white plumes in late summer that will last a month in the garden. Of course, they'll last all winter if cut and dried. Pampas grass is a half-hardy perennial so will winter perfectly in the South and West. Imagine grenadine:red flowers 4 inches in diameter on 6 foot plants with luxuriant foliage! That's what you'll produce from seeds of Tithonia, Torch. Tithonia is a native of Mexico and Central America, long known in its wild form. It has been called Inca's flower and Inca's gold as well as Mexican sunflower. The improved variety, Torch, has larger flowers of a more brilliant color than the wild form. the gardener needs small plants with tiny blossoms, l'hc, lhc pint-sized editions of zinnias and covered with golden-orange flowers, each petal striped with Jenlon yellow. mixture are yellow, white or red, each pointed petal tipped or bordered with a contrasting shade. These blossoms are smaller. Then there is the delightful Thumbelina - so different that it won one of the few gold medals ever awarded in the All-America trials. Miniatures of the big fellows, only 6 inches high, these plants bear double and semi-double blooms of white, yellow, pink, lavender, orange and scarlet. Buds open when plants are only half grown. Thumbelina is perfect in pots as well as borders. The first selection from the mixture of colors, Mini-pink, a salmon-rose, makes a single-color planting possible. The tiniest marigold flowers are on plants of the Signet or bush type. They form 7 inch m o u n d s of fine, lacy foliage studded with hundreds of miniature single blooms. Golden Ring, Golden Gem, Yellow Gem tell their colors in their names. The variety Ursula has golden flowers with an orange eye. Many grasses can be grown from seeds for use in bouquets or either fresh or dried flowers. Some of these grasses grow tall, to 4 feet and twice that height. These ornament the large garden but take up too much accomplished by removing the stamen from one parent plant and brushing it across the stigma of the other plant, leaving a dusting of pollen. The seed is harvested in the fall to be sown the following spring. Hundreds of different AMONG THOSE receiving diplomas at the Saturday night graduation of Ed Mathews square dancing class were Liana Ford and Roger Hammond. The event was held in the fairgrounds hall in connection with the regular dance of the Salty Sashayers, who sponsor the classes. O O O Q Q 4II1~ ,~l~ qii, Q O ~i~, Q O You Should Know... ! CLINT WILLOUR : Life Insurance is the last thing "on earth a man wants -- and then i he can't get it. 1 1717 Olympic Highway North NORTHWESTERN 'NATIONAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY t,~ Ph. 426-8 139 room in the small place. There the gardener can grow the lower sorts like cloud grass, quaking grass or hares-tail grass. These names, of course, describe the seed heads of the grasses named. The panicles of cloud grass are open and cloud-like. Quaking grass has spikelets that tremble in every breeze and hares-tail grass has dense, wooly heads and leaves with downy hairs. Sword grass is that old-time perennial with white stripes along planting is extremely limited or new gardeners who don't know one flower from another might profitably buy seeds of a cut flower mixture. This will contain a number of easily-grown, free-flowering annuals and will produce a variety of flowers for cutting from early summer until frost. Hanging seedlings will result from each cross. They will vary in both color and form, and must be grown on for at least six years before flowering, at which time the most promising are retained, and the remainder destroyed. "'Seed collected from wild RHODODENDRONS AND AZALEAS cover a hillside huge trees. Bud Wyatt walks a switch-back trail Mason County Democrat Club, 8 p.m., Pun auditorium. Multi-service Center board meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the center. Friday, June 18 Chamber of Commerce board meeting, 7:30 a.m., Timbers Restaurant. Missionary speakers, 7:30 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church. Drivers license examiner, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., court house basement. Saturday, June 19 Kamilche Kapers bake sale, in front of Sears store. Christmas Town C.B'ers dance and coffee break, 9 p.m. - 1:30 a.m., fairgrounds hall. Sunday, June 20 Shelton churches invite you to attend the church of your choice. Teen-Moose Father's Day breakfast, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Moose Lodge. Christmas Town C.B'ers bert Mills Is Graduated Robert B. Mills, 1966 Mrs. Wyman F. Mills of Seattle, This plant can be used for a graduate of Shelton High School, Wash. background of green or for a recetved a o one-year hedge. The flowers open" Bachelor f Science in August and September and ar degree from Oregon State university June 6. His major excellent far cutting, program in the School of Breakfast Slated Gardeners whose space for Humanities and Social Sciences was Liberal Studies, with a The annual Father's Day departmental major in English Breakfast sponsored by the Hood Literature. Canal Woman's Club will be Rob graduated with Senior served from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Honors in the University Honors Sunday in the Potlatch clubhouse. Program. He is the son of Mr. and Flapjacks will be featured. Your On the Right Course When you set sail for the I er states, proposition years to come The Wyatt's living proof worth the Geraniums, Fuchsias, Begonias, Ivy Geraniums, Potted Plants. Your Baskets planted! Closed on Thursday. 426-.3482 Spencer Lake Today, Thursday, June 17 coffee break, 10 a.m., fairgrounds MooSe hall. hall. Rotary Club luncheon, noon, Ming Tree Cafe. Father's Day Breakfast served Degree Toastmasters Club, 6:45 a.m., by ttood Canal Woman's Club in Memorial Timbers Restaurant. ,;d,~,,,~ , ,.the Potlatch clubhouse, 9 a.m. - EagleS, Slimette Tops, 7 pc~., court 2 p.m. Mason house annex. Monday, June 21 7:30 a.m., Eagles Port Commission meeting, 8 Pun No. 3 commission airport h p.m., court house. 'meeting, 1 p.m., Pun conference Dirt Shelton Nimrod Club, 8 p.m., room. State Pa clubhouse. County commission meeting, Pun, 1 WednesdaY, ILL A And Our Famous r 1 0 a.m., court house. Shelton Bridge Club, 7:15 p.m., Pun auditorium. Drivers5_. Goodwill truck in town. a.m. Phone 426-4847 for pickups, basement. It's About Time Tops, 7 p.m., County Health Office. Mi Simpson Pinochle Club card MaSO Party, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall.District Vacation Bible School begins, court Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 9 a.m. - noon. ThursdaY, Tuesday, June 22 Ming Kiwanis Club luncheon, noon, Timbers Restaurant. Timbers i City commission meeting, 2 p.m., city hall. house -- Also "BY RI OUR BEST Complete with trim, Regularly $30.00 ........ Think about a "COVER-UP swim occasions when you want't 1428 OLYMPIC Phone 426-6659 Open Mon. thru Stop in and enjoy your favorite beverage along with the featured dish of the "What's Cookin' " column from the Journal. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Hoodsport Page 8- Shelton-Mason County Journal - Thursday, June 17, 1971