Home and garden

A mild December makes for easy winter cleanup in the garden

If you haven’t finished your November gardening tasks, here’s a list of chores to do this month.

 

Don’t let your home’s infrastructure crumble

Here are three trouble areas that need special attention.

 

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood;…

 

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Work party: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9, Edmonds Wildlife Habitat and Demonstration Garden, 95 Pine St., Edmonds. Help with planting, blackberry removal and… Continue reading

Plant of Merit: Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata,’ Japanese aralia

What: Fatsia japonica ‘Variegata,’ or variegated Japanese aralia, is an evergreen shrub native to Japan. Prized for its foliage, it has year-round interest and should… Continue reading

Buying a fresh-cut Christmas tree is the natural choice

When decorating for the holidays, Steve Smith goes for the real deal. He lists some pros and cons.

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Erica x darleyensis ‘Silberschmelze,’ darley heath

Great Plant Pick: Erica x darleyensis ‘Silberschmelze,’ darley heath

Here’s how to tidy up your gardens ahead of winter

It’s time to finish jobs that will put your flower and vegetable beds to rest for the season.

Sally and Tom Joy are surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home in Mukilteo. The Joy house is one of five on the Assistance League’s Holiday Home Tour set for Dec. 4. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Holiday workshop: noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Family workshop to make holiday-themed things.… Continue reading

Sally and Tom Joy are surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home in Mukilteo. The Joy house is one of five on the Assistance League’s Holiday Home Tour set for Dec. 4. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Vintage rug with funny picture and saying sells for $1,500

Collectors want early-20th-century hooked rugs made from burlap backings and strips of old clothes.

Sally and Tom Joy surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 in Mukilteo, Wa. The Joys are opening their home to the holiday home tour, a fundraiser for the Assistance League. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A joyous display: 5 houses on Assistance League’s holiday tour

The annual self-guided Holiday Home Tour is a fundraiser for the Operation School Bell program.

Sally and Tom Joy surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 in Mukilteo, Wa. The Joys are opening their home to the holiday home tour, a fundraiser for the Assistance League. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Winter speakers: Tickets are on sale now for the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation’s Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series with eight celebrity gardeners, authors and… Continue reading

Around Thanksgiving, gardeners give thanks for the garden

What are they most thankful for? The pleasure they receive from spending time in their yards.

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’

What: An exceptional selection of the eastern arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis “Degroot’s Spire” is very popular because of its narrow, columnar form with dense green foliage… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Printing workshop: with artist and naturalist April Richardson, 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19, Edmonds Wildlife Habitat and Demonstration Garden, 95 Pine St., Edmonds. Leaves… Continue reading

Now is the perfect time to design the garden of your dreams

Find inspiration in gardening magazines, on the internet, in your neighborhood and at nurseries.

This famous chair from the 1950s has a retractable footrest

Vladimir Kagan designed chairs with sloping backs, arms and footrests that were partially hidden.