Central focus on a group of brightly colored Primroses

May is the time to plant fun, colorful and enjoyable annuals

Pay no attention to the anti-annuals dogmatists. Annuals are the accents and drama that tie gardens together.

Central focus on a group of brightly colored Primroses

Home & Garden Briefly

Learn about the best native plants for the climate crisis, then go buy them at a local plant sale.

  • May 5, 2022
Justin Moore performs in concert during his "Hell On A Highway Tour" at The Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Newark, Del. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

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

Country star Justin Smith will do a show in Everett, while British Invasion star Peter Noone drops by the Tulalip Casino.

Justin Moore performs in concert during his "Hell On A Highway Tour" at The Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Newark, Del. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Electric Ford Mustangs are lined up for viewing Saturday afternoon during Drive Electric Earth Day in the Everett, Washington on April 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Electric car owners enjoy kicking the dinosaur fuel habit

The number of Washington drivers plugging in is growing, but the upfront cost of electric vehicles is high.

Electric Ford Mustangs are lined up for viewing Saturday afternoon during Drive Electric Earth Day in the Everett, Washington on April 23, 2022. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

These days, the innocence of childhood is more fleeting than ever

In recent weeks, a man armed with an automatic weapon shot and injured 10 people in a subway car in New York. It shut down… Continue reading

The 2022 Honda Civic Si high-performance model delivers loads of driving fun without requiring a huge outlay. (Manufacturer photo)

High-performance Si model joins new 2022 Honda Civic lineup

Enthusiast oriented Si is the trim of choice for drivers seeking more fun without straining the budget.

The 2022 Honda Civic Si high-performance model delivers loads of driving fun without requiring a huge outlay. (Manufacturer photo)
Caption: After trying many solutions, liquid bait proved to be the ultimate weapon in a war against ants.

Her kitchen is a killing field for invading ants

With the bugs marching across the floor, it’s time to bring out the big pesticidal guns.

Caption: After trying many solutions, liquid bait proved to be the ultimate weapon in a war against ants.
A Bavarian beer hall, you’ll find men in lederhosen.

Rick Steves on Munich, where thirst is worse than homesickness

A boisterous, belching Bavarian beer hall is possibly the most convivial place on Earth.

A Bavarian beer hall, you’ll find men in lederhosen.

She couldn’t change her train tickets. Can she get a refund?

Linda Shapiro tries to change her train tickets from Seville to Madrid but can’t do it online. So, she buys two new tickets, hoping to get a refund for the first set. Why is Trainline refusing a refund?

  • May 1, 2022
  • By Wire Service
A blueberry banana cake created by Jennifer Savage of CityBones, a dog treat bakery out of Darrington, Washington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

These handmade dog treats are doggone delicious

Darrington resident Jennifer Savage aims to make Bark-ery, her dog treat bakery, a full-time gig.

A blueberry banana cake created by Jennifer Savage of CityBones, a dog treat bakery out of Darrington, Washington. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Werskey | Folse Garden, one of five Bainbridge gardens open to the public Saturday, June 22 as part the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.

Home & Garden Briefly: Plant sales and more around Snohomish County

Sales are happening in Snohomish, Lynnwood, Everett, Monroe and Arlington.

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Werskey | Folse Garden, one of five Bainbridge gardens open to the public Saturday, June 22 as part the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program.
Anza Muenchow

Make your backyard ripe for organic vegetables this spring

A Whidbey gardening educator shares tips on how to grow your own in the Puget Sound climate.

Anza Muenchow
Rhododendron ‘Girard’s Fuchsia’

Great Plant Pick: Rhododendron ‘Girard’s Fuchsia’

This hardy shrub looks great under spring flowering cherries or dogwoods.

Rhododendron ‘Girard’s Fuchsia’
Green Japanese maple tree with rain drops on the leaves in the spring

Oh, the exhilaration of shiny, happy new spring growth

The amazing array of new foliage emerging this time of year rivals the blooming of flowers.

Green Japanese maple tree with rain drops on the leaves in the spring
Photo Caption: Royal Worcester is one of the oldest and most famous makers of porcelain. It made this ram's head pitcher in 1888.

Royal Worcester’s 19th century porcelain took on animal forms

Also, questions about Oriental rug care, old newspaper front pages and a family heirloom violin.

Photo Caption: Royal Worcester is one of the oldest and most famous makers of porcelain. It made this ram's head pitcher in 1888.

Your garden — and wildlife — will thrive without chemicals

Mother Nature’s gardens have endured for eternity without poisons. Yours can, too.

  • Apr 29, 2022
  • ourYBy Wire Service
Ace Frehley performs at the Arcada Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in St.Charles, Ill. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)

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

MUSIC Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles: This is the first all-female mariachi in the United States. 7:30 p.m. April 28 at Edmonds Center for the… Continue reading

Ace Frehley performs at the Arcada Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in St.Charles, Ill. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP)
Sean Sanderson trims excess fat off a New York cut of Wagyu at EC Wilson Meats on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

$100 a steak at Costco? Japanese Wagyu cows sure are pricey

The highly marbled steaks melt like butter and are rich in flavor. And now the masses can enjoy them.

Sean Sanderson trims excess fat off a New York cut of Wagyu at EC Wilson Meats on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 in Lynnwood, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

IBD: What is it, and how it can be treated

if IBD is caught early and managed well, it can minimally interfere with people’s lives. But if not well-managed, IBD can be a life-threatening condition.

  • Apr 27, 2022
  • By Christine Bowen
The 2022 Lexus ES 300h has seating for five passengers and a trunk stowage capacity of 13.9 cubic feet. (Manufacturer photo)

2022 Lexus ES 300h F Sport delivers enthusiast highlights

Sport features are combined with this hybrid midsize sedan’s existing luxury and fuel efficiency.

The 2022 Lexus ES 300h has seating for five passengers and a trunk stowage capacity of 13.9 cubic feet. (Manufacturer photo)