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Fall Planting Spotlight

Japanese Maples

Few things compare to the sight of a Japanese maple (acer) turning color in the fall. Multiples sizes, colors and forms make them an indispensable part of the Pacific Northwest landscape.

Spring and fall are the two best times to plant a tree. Japanese maples are no exception. When you plant a Japanese maple in fall, it will not only bring fantastic color to the landscape, but it will also start to establish itself in time for winter, when all of the tree's energy will be directed at establishing a strong root system before spring, when foliage will start to emerge.


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Makes about 10 full-size pops


1-2 Orange Creamsicle melons

1, 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk or  1 ½  cups plain yogurt

Honey (optional)


In a blender, puree Orange Creamsicle melon chunks until smooth.

Add sweetened condensed milk or yogurt, and honey (optional) to the mixture and blend until mixture is thick and creamy.

Fill into ice cube trays, popsicle moulds, or 3 oz. paper cups (with popsicle sticks) and freeze.


Makes 1 cocktail


3 oz. Pureed Orange Creamsicle melon

1 ½ oz. sweet and sour mix

1 ½ oz. vodka, rum, or tequila

About 6 ice cubes


In a blender, combine Orange Creamsicle melon chunks, liquor, sweet + sour mix and ice. Blend to desired consistency.

Add a sprig of mint or a squeeze of lime (optional).

Not Optional: sit back, relax and ENJOY!

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