Home and garden

Great Plant Pick: Prostanthera cuneata, alpine mint bush

What: Prostanthera cuneata, commonly called alpine mint bush, becomes a compact spreading mound in the garden. The tiny evergreen leaves have a refreshing minty fragrance… Continue reading

How do plants survive freezing temperatures? With genetics

Plants have evolved to tolerate the weather conditions of where they are growing.

The farm-to-table concept in an easy-to-grow container garden

Through container gardening, you can grow edible plants in pots instead of the ground.

Whisk brooms popular campaigning symbols on buttons in 1880s

A pair of metal pins that held pictures of the 1888 presidential candidates sold for $209.

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: Cryptomeria japonica ‘Cristata,’ crested Japanese cedar

What: Cryptomeria japonica “Cristata,” commonly called crested Japanese cedar, is one of the weirdest evergreen conifers you can grow. It has an attractive columnar form… Continue reading

Handwritten Valentine notes in America date back to the 1740s

Before boxes of 25 cards for Valentine’s Day were sold in stores, Americans made their own.

Is your yard more moss than grass? It’s time to take control

At the top of the to-do list: Treat your lawn with an organic product to get rid of moss for good.

Seven questions you should ask yourself before the DIY is cast

Doing a home renovation yourself can save money, as home improvement spending increases nationwide.

Carlton House desk was named for a favored London palace

An early 19th-century reproduction of the table sells today for $6,000 to $10,000.

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

EagleSong-Gardener, gardner and herbalist, will be a seminar speaker at the upcoming Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle in Feb. 7-11. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Garden party theme celebrates 30th Northwest flower show

A number of local gardening experts will be at this year’s Northwest Flower Garden Festival.

EagleSong-Gardener, gardner and herbalist, will be a seminar speaker at the upcoming Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle in Feb. 7-11. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Get rid of shot weed now to prevent lots of yard work later

Here is Steve Smith’s gardening to-do list for the month of February. Weeding is a top priority.

Great Plant Pick: Eranthis hyemalis, winter aconite

What: Eranthis hyemalis, commonly known as winter aconite, is an enchanting member of the buttercup family with bright yellow flowers in mid-winter. Indeed, the cup-shaped… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

SHOWS AND SALES Snohomish Conservation District: The district’s 33rd annual Native Plant Sale is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Evergreen State… Continue reading

Just bought a house? Here’s how to avoid buyer’s remorse

ith the median price for homes in Snohomish County at $425,000, there is a lot at stake.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

SHOWS AND SALES Snohomish Conservation District: The district’s 33rd annual Native Plant Sale is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Evergreen State… Continue reading

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

Gardeners, take heed: This is your last chance to goof off

Steve Smith is giving you permission take it easy in the garden until Feburary arrives.

George Washington bottle made to celebrate his 200th birthday

The glass vessel is shaped like a bust of our first president and has his name around the bottom.