Lonicera ciliosa, commonly called orange honeysuckle or western trumpet vine. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: orange honeysuckle

Its orange trumpets announce spring is here, and hummingbirds are irresistibly drawn to it.

 

Home & garden happenings in Snohomish County

The Mill Creek Garden Tour will return this summer after a two-year absence due to COVID-19.

  • May 20, 2022

 

Closeup of beautiful Indian paintbrush against purple lupine wildflowers at Mt. Rainier National Park in Washington state

Lupines deserve a place of honor in the Northwest garden

Their spiky flowers are familiar sights along freeways. Here are four varieties worth planting.

 

Photo Caption: Would you believe a zipper sold for $18,450 at Morphy Auctions? What about a diamond necklace that looks and works like a zipper?

X-Y-Z spells ‘big money’ with this high-fashion zipper

It’s actually a necklace, but the zipper function works. Someone paid nearly $18,500 for it at a recent auction.

Photo Caption: Would you believe a zipper sold for $18,450 at Morphy Auctions? What about a diamond necklace that looks and works like a zipper?
Cinderella_Red.jpg: Red Riding Hood (Katelynn Carlson) gets advice from Cinderella (Grace Helmcke) in Red Curtain’s production of Into the Woods, running May 20-June 5 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave. in Marysville.

Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

Marysville troupe stages a Stephen Sondheim musical masterpiece. Jazz, featuring the sons of legend Dave Brubeck, takes over Edmonds. And there’s this music festival in downtown Everett …

Cinderella_Red.jpg: Red Riding Hood (Katelynn Carlson) gets advice from Cinderella (Grace Helmcke) in Red Curtain’s production of Into the Woods, running May 20-June 5 at the Red Curtain Arts Center, 9315 State Ave. in Marysville.
Sam Bowles records the run off the water from a chalk drawing with friend and co-artist, Rhyanna Mercer, Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Jackson High’s global TikTok star is chalk full of ideas

Sam Bowles, 18, uses vibrant videos and social media fame to raise awareness of autism.

Sam Bowles records the run off the water from a chalk drawing with friend and co-artist, Rhyanna Mercer, Tuesday afternoon in Everett, Washington on May 10, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
The 2022 Infiniti QX60 Sensory has seating for seven. Heated outboard second-row seats and power-return third-row seats are standard equipment. (Manufacturer photo)

Infiniti QX60 Sensory model doesn’t play second fiddle

The new Autograph version tops the 2022 lineup, but this previous headliner holds its own.

The 2022 Infiniti QX60 Sensory has seating for seven. Heated outboard second-row seats and power-return third-row seats are standard equipment. (Manufacturer photo)
Caption: Originally published in The Weekly Herald, “I Brake for Moms” has been running for ten years.

Ten years of columns later, a celebration of place, journalism

Jennifer Bardsley reflects on writing 520 installments of “I Brake for Moms.”

Caption: Originally published in The Weekly Herald, “I Brake for Moms” has been running for ten years.

Help! My all-inclusive hotel in Mexico is only half-inclusive

When Michael O’Connor books an all-inclusive resort in Mexico through Priceline, he discovers it’s only half-inclusive. How can he fix that?

  • May 15, 2022
Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul—for centuries the grandest place of worship in all of Europe.

Strolling Istanbul, one of the world’s timeless great cities

It’s proof that traditional cultures are things to value and preserve, not stifle with modernity.

Hagia Sophia, in Istanbul—for centuries the grandest place of worship in all of Europe.

The keys to coping with an inevitability of life: worry

Be prepared, have realistic expectations, and be confident in your inner strength and resources.

The signature retro VW bus is on display at the Lamb & Co. home decor store Saturday afternoon in Snohomish, Washington on January 8, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

This Snohomish store has the goods from HGTV’s ‘Unsellable House’

Take home the design and decor savvy of hometown real estate twins Lyndsay Lamb and Leslie Davis.

The signature retro VW bus is on display at the Lamb & Co. home decor store Saturday afternoon in Snohomish, Washington on January 8, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Tips for keeping your gardening project power-wise

It’s important to remember to plan ahead, select the right plant for the right place, and conserve resources.

  • May 13, 2022
Photo Caption: This Escale watch in a signed box was estimated at $3,000 to $5,000. It sold for $3,000 at a Rago auction in 2021.

Louis Vuitton wristwatch is aimed at the world traveler

Plus, what’s Mom’s 1960s glass coffee percolator worth these days? And what about an old Hudson Bay blanket?

Photo Caption: This Escale watch in a signed box was estimated at $3,000 to $5,000. It sold for $3,000 at a Rago auction in 2021.
Shower in the garden. Downpour, pouring rain in the summer Getty Images

Why is the Whistling Gardener still wearing a turtleneck?

A cool, rainy May is making life difficult and frustrating for the Northwest gardener.

Shower in the garden. Downpour, pouring rain in the summer Getty Images
Joel Smallbone, left, and Luke Smallbone, right, of the group for King & Country, performs during the Dove Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Music, theater and more: What’s happening in Snohomish County

The award-winning Christian pop duo For King & Country performs in Everett on Saturday.

Joel Smallbone, left, and Luke Smallbone, right, of the group for King & Country, performs during the Dove Awards on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Japanese teacher Alicia Ceban takes a photo go her students Justin Mitosis, left, Christopher Araiza and Ethan Kwon with their pen pal letter they received from high school students in Japan at Mariner High School on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

They’ve got (snail) mail: Mariner High students have Japanese pen pals

For many, it’s the first time writing a letter on paper — and making a friend on the other side of the globe.

Japanese teacher Alicia Ceban takes a photo go her students Justin Mitosis, left, Christopher Araiza and Ethan Kwon with their pen pal letter they received from high school students in Japan at Mariner High School on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Cutline: By greening up your laundry habits, you can save water, energy and resources.

Home, Sustainable Home: How to green up your laundry routine

By greening up your laundry habits, you can save water, energy and resources. You can even save money and reduce waste.

  • May 10, 2022
Cutline: By greening up your laundry habits, you can save water, energy and resources.
The 2022 Mazda CX-30 has seating for five. Cargo area capacity is 20.2 cubic feet when rear seats are in upright position. (Manufacturer photo)

Mazda makes all-wheel drive standard on every 2022 CX-30

The subcompact’s lineup also adds a Carbon Edition model, with an exclusive paint color and red seats.

The 2022 Mazda CX-30 has seating for five. Cargo area capacity is 20.2 cubic feet when rear seats are in upright position. (Manufacturer photo)

Edmonds arts center benefit features author Jess Walter

The best-selling Spokane writer will speak at the May 17 event. Tickets are $100 and include a copy of his latest book.

  • May 8, 2022