Home and garden

Plant of Merit: Rosa ‘Purple Splash,’ wine-colored climbing rose

What: Rosa “Purple Splash” provides the garden with more than just its interesting wine-colored blooms, but also produces flowers that are veined and splashed with… Continue reading

Stylish student lamp made of Burmese glass sells for $3,330

The mid-1800s was the start of color in home decoration. Colored glass and ceramics were popular.

Do you know the joke about a set of special-order dishes?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A black-and-white design for colorful plates was sent to China…

Great Plant Pick: Panicum virgatum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’

This red-foliaged switch grass makes a good specimen but also creates a bold statement in a drift.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Seattle Home Show 2: The fall version of the oldest and largest home show in the nation is Oct. 6-8 at CenturyLink Field Event Center,… Continue reading

Plant these late bloomers to brighten up your shade garden

In this follow-up to a column on sunny borders, Steve Smith lists flowers to liven up a dark yard.

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

Here’s why late summer pruning of plants makes a lot of sense

The heavier you trim a plant, the more likely it is to grow back profusely.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Big small talk: “Small is the New Big: 3 Big Rules (&4 small ones) for Designing Gardens” by Lorene Edwards Forkner, editor of Pacific Horticulture… Continue reading

Some makers of Victorian furniture are considered artists

Victorian furniture is generally selling for low prices for many reasons, but there are expections.

Cutting the lawn down to size in pursuit of greener grass

Let’s face it: Even in today’s society, the lawn is the man’s domain. It is literally his “turf” and, when left alone, he can spend… 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: Araucaria araucana, monkey puzzle tree

What: Araucaria araucana is a distinctive South American conifer commonly known as a monkey puzzle tree. It has widely spaced branches that extend horizontally from… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Wildflower talk: Snohomish Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 11, Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. Susie Egan will speak on her wildflower pilgrimage experience… Continue reading

Three-panel screen painted by Marie Hull auctions for $28,000

Decorative screens were being used in rooms in China by the seventh century. But they were not used in Europe until the 1500s. It wasn’t… 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

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

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

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

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