Home and garden

No closet? With some creativity, you can make more storage room

We asked design experts to share some solutions to help you maximize the space in your bedroom.

Plant of Merit: Dahlia ‘Kelsey Annie Joy,’ an orange collarette

What: Dahlia “Kelsey Annie Joy” is a soft and delicate miniature dahlia in the collarette form. A past winner of an American Dahlia Society medal,… 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

Great Plant Pick: Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Diabolo,’ purple-leaf ninebark

Grow it with shrub roses and perennials, and it combines with with ornamental grasses.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

HOME TOURS Monroe Historical Society: Historic Homes Tour of six homes is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4. The event is a fundraiser for… Continue reading

The art and science of weathervanes

They told the direction of the wind and aided in forecasting the, well, weather.

This is exactly how a cleaning expert organizes her space in 20 minutes

Try these realistic and attainable tricks to land yourself a cleaner home.

Using a rod to assist in running wiring through an attic space, Don Thomas, of R&D Handyman Service, works on installing a ceiling fan at a home in SE Everett on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
                                Don Thomas of R&D Handyman Service installs a ceiling fan at a home in southeast Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

When fall chores loom, just hand them to the handyman

Here are three local businesses that can help you prepare your home for the rainy season.

Using a rod to assist in running wiring through an attic space, Don Thomas, of R&D Handyman Service, works on installing a ceiling fan at a home in SE Everett on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Everett, Wa. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
                                Don Thomas of R&D Handyman Service installs a ceiling fan at a home in southeast Everett. (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

HOME TOURS Monroe Historical Society: Historic Homes Tour of six homes is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4. The event is a fundraiser for… Continue reading

How to prune a hydrangea: An exception to the pruning rule

It helps to think of a growing blackberry vine when you’re about to cut back this blooming shrub.

Plant of Merit: Clerodendrum trichotomum, harlequin glorybower

What: Clerodendrum trichotomum, commonly known as harlequin glorybower, can be grown either as a small tree or large shrub. This plant has some very interesting… Continue reading

Collectors beware: Not all colored glass is created equal

Cost and quality differs for each method of adding color to a clear piece to make it decorative.

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: Acer palmatum ‘Katsura,’ Katsura Japanese maple

This small tree develops some of the most colorful spring and fall foliage of the species.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Get your hands dirty: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7, Eagle Ridge Community Garden, 2420 Soper Hill Road, Lake Stevens. Build garden beds and… Continue reading

Planting bulbs requires optimism and patience

Here are seven tips on how to plant bulbs now for beauty come spring.

Thanks to some serious remodeling on the interior of a house with a lot of small rooms, Maria Coghill (at table) and her family now enjoy more open and airy settings through much of it. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Extensive redesign and remodel give new life to old house

An Everett family gets a light-filled main-floor layout, an upstairs master suite and more.

Thanks to some serious remodeling on the interior of a house with a lot of small rooms, Maria Coghill (at table) and her family now enjoy more open and airy settings through much of it. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Gardener’s to-do list: October perfect time for planting bulbs

Here are columnist Steve Smith’s suggestions for which tasks to do around the garden this month.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Get your hands dirty: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7, Eagle Ridge Community Garden, 2420 Soper Hill Road, Lake Stevens. Build garden beds and… Continue reading