Home and garden

Put down that phone! Trade screen time for some green time

Adults spend 11 hours per day looking at screens. Wouldn’t it be nicer if you were in the garden?

 

Temple Grandin knows a thing or two about handling animals

Hear the animal behavior expert speak at the Country Living Expo Cattlemen’s Winterschool on Jan. 26.

 

A list of garden clubs in Snohomish and Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood;…

 

Antique bright cobalt blue-blown sugar bowl sold for $2,300

The lid’s finial is shaped like an acorn, but the best clue to its age is the engraving “A.G. 1780.”

Great Plant Pick: Pinus contorta ‘Chief Joseph,’ golden lodgepole pine

This golden lodgepole pine sports intense golden-yellow foliage in the winter.

Sparks fly as a student welds a bench seat during the Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool in 2017 at Stanwood High School. This year’s event is scheduled for Jan. 26. (Herald file)

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Meet the crow expert: John Marzluff, a professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington, will speak at the Snohomish Garden Club’s Jan. 14… Continue reading

Sparks fly as a student welds a bench seat during the Country Living Expo & Cattlemen’s Winterschool in 2017 at Stanwood High School. This year’s event is scheduled for Jan. 26. (Herald file)

Home items are getting smarter and creepier, like it or not

With each smart device in your home, companies are able to gather details about your daily life.

January sees the arrival of 1,450 bare root shrub roses

Employees at Sunnyside Nursery in Marysville prune and pot nearly a thousand and a half plants.

American, Canadian slat-back chairs have subtle differences

The antique chairs from the 17th and early 18th centuries can fetch four figures at auctions.

It may be the dead of winter, but the garden is wide awake

Go on — take a stroll in your garden, for the metamorphosis you see will surely lift your spirits.

Double play ‘Candy Corn’ spirea will take your breath away

The Proven Winners Double Play series offers several choices, but this one will be your favorite.

Great Plant Pick: Erica carnea ‘Rubinteppich,’ winter heath

This spreading shrub covers itself with hundreds of small urn-shaped, purple-red flowers in winter.

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Sustainable gardening series: The Master Gardener Foundation’s 16th annual sustainable gardening speaker series runs January through April. It kicks off on Jan. 4 with Carey… Continue reading

This late 19th-century silver-plated lamp burned whale oil

It has it all — a silver-plated reflector brass pole, tools, moth reflector and a finial.

Great Plant Pick: Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety’

This evergreen shrub, commonly called winter creeper, sports year-round variegated foliage.

Carey Thornton, an educator at the Tilth Alliance in Seattle, is the first in a series of speakers on sustainable gardening.

Gardening experts will get you prepped for growing season

The Snohomish County Master Gardener’s Winter Speaker Series runs from Jan. 4 to April 5.

Carey Thornton, an educator at the Tilth Alliance in Seattle, is the first in a series of speakers on sustainable gardening.

Christmas toys from Victorian times make for great decor

Do you have an antique Christmas board game? Prop it against the wall near your tree for decoration.

‘Leslie Ann’ flowers look as exquisite as rare porcelain china

No matter the stage of bloom, this flowering shurb seems to be drop-dead gorgeous.

A list of garden clubs in Snohomish and 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 events around Snohomish County

Sustainable gardening series: The Master Gardener Foundation’s 16th annual sustainable gardening speaker series runs January through April. It kicks off on Jan. 4 with Carey… Continue reading