Home and garden

Great Plant Pick: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’, witch hazel

What: Witch hazels are renowned for producing flowers just when we need them most: winter. Hamamelis x intermedia “Jelena” produces large, coppery-orange flowers in early… Continue reading

These native plants can grow in the shade of a tall evergreen

Reclaim the shaded areas of the yard by planting a woodland garden with ferns, salal and foamflower.

A visit to the nursery helps put you in the mood to garden

Not ready to get back into gardening? January is still a fun time to poke around a garden center.

Expo in Stanwood can help you get ready for the country

The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool is set for Jan. 27 at the high school.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

“The Promise of Spring”: Plant sale and workshops by Northwest Perennial Alliance, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Aaron Education Center,… Continue reading

Long rocking bench with strange fence is for protecting baby

The settee is a furniture form that dates to the 1810s. It’s a lengthened Windsor or Hitchcock chair.

Plant of Merit: Hybrid oriental hellebores, Lenten rose

What: Oriental hybrid hellebores, with the common name Lenten rose, are a sure-cure for the winter doldrums. In Puget Sound, they typically come into bloom… Continue reading

Famous Satin Skin Cream sign has been copied many times

The Alfred F. Wood Perfume Manufacturing Co. creams were advertised from 1883 to about 1910.

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: ‘Glorie de Marengo,’ variegated Algerian ivy

What: Like a watercolor painting the glossy, evergreen foliage of Hedera algeriensis “Glorie de Marengo,” with the common name Algerian ivy, is splashed with shades… Continue reading

Jim Weisenbach helps the Snohomish Conservation District get ready for the annual plant sale at the fairgrounds. Weisenbach enjoys the work as well as all the young people who participate. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

PLANT SALE 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 Fairgrounds,… Continue reading

Jim Weisenbach helps the Snohomish Conservation District get ready for the annual plant sale at the fairgrounds. Weisenbach enjoys the work as well as all the young people who participate. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Indoor gardens: Four easy-to-grow house plants for beginners

If you want to get in on the house-plant trend but you don’t know where to begin, read this column.

Tricks to save money on your property taxes

It’s property tax assessment time, which means it’s also assessment appeal time.

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

Jim Weisenbach helps the Snohomish Conservation District get ready for the annual plant sale at the fairgrounds. Weisenbach enjoys the work as well as all the young people who participate. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

PLANT SALE 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 Fairgrounds,… Continue reading

Jim Weisenbach helps the Snohomish Conservation District get ready for the annual plant sale at the fairgrounds. Weisenbach enjoys the work as well as all the young people who participate. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

How to keep your house running smoothly, month by month

Stick to this basic list each month and your house will run like a machine.

Napoleonic prisoners made this bone game box with sliding top

During the wars from 1793 to 1815, over 120,000 were captured and held in camps with nothing to do.

New year, new garden: What are your planting plans for 2018?

Now is the perfect time to dream big and make plans for the next growing season.

Plant of Merit: Hippeastrum ‘Elvas,’ amaryllis bulb

What: Hippeastrum “Elvas,” with the common name amaryllis, is one of the loveliest of the two-toned hybrids. This amaryllis has pure white petals that are… Continue reading

Need a santuary? A space solution may be in a chic shed

They are the heart of the yard and sometimes the home, serving as offices, guest rooms and more.