Home and garden

Great Plant Pick: Clematis chiisanensis ‘Lemon Bells’

This vine features bright lemon-yellow nodding blooms that hang from dark purple stems.

 

Kem Weber was modernism’s leading West Coast proponent

The modern architect and designer was most known for creating the sleek “Airline” chair.

 

Turn a few heads this summer with these 4 showstopper plants

Step away from spiky Dracena and add some drama to the containers on your patio.

 

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

Antique schoolboy ‘penny toy’ made in Germany sold for $840

The child’s arm moves and opens the top of the desk to show candy hidden inside.

Wisteria is the queen of vines, but she can be a finicky one

Keep the plant blooming every year and from overgrowing the garden with this simple pruning regime.

You, too, can go ‘Green at the Beach’ — for $1.45 million

Now on the real estate market, this Warm Beach waterfront home is eco-friendly from top to bottom.

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

David Kendall stands in front of one of two Tesla cars and two Tesla Powerwall batteries hanging in his garage on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Edmonds, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Edmonds couple’s house will be featured in the Green Home Tour

David Kendall and Nobuko Mitsunaga’s electricity bill was $188 in 2018. How did they manage that?

David Kendall stands in front of one of two Tesla cars and two Tesla Powerwall batteries hanging in his garage on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Edmonds, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

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

Great Plant Pick: Epimedium grandiflorum ‘Queen Esta,’ fairy wings

This epimedium gets its common names fairy wings and bishop’s hat for its dainty spring flowers.

This ceramic parrot concealed an early radio’s loudspeaker

The rare bird statue hid the working parts of a 1927 radio and was a substitute for a large horn.

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

Antique beds can be used today — with some customization

They’re shorter and narrower than today’s beds, but antique headboards and footboards can be used.

Delphiniums bring that English country garden touch to yard

Spring is the time to shop for and plant these easy-to-grow perennials that can reach 6 feet tall.

Great Plant Pick: Smilacina racemosa, false Solomon’s seal

A native of the Pacific Northwest, this clump-forming perennial looks great in the garden.

New PUD project makes solar power more accessible to customers

Nearly 2,000 homes have had solar panels installed on their roofs in Snohomish County.

Spring is spectacular: This ol’ gardener is in awe of nature

This season is especially thrilling because of all the hope and anticipation that comes with it.

17th-century voters cast marbles instead of paper ballots

You’d be given black and white marbles. To vote no, a black marble was dropped in the box.

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