Home and garden

Whether green or purple, the false shamrock is truly adorable

This plant, popular for St. Patrick’s Day, has a secret — it hails from Brazil, not Ireland.

 

It’s time to get the cool-season vegetables planted

Root crops, such as potatoes, onions, leeks and carrots, should be planted now.

 

Want to start a collection? Salt-and-pepper shakers are nice

Pick a theme — like animals, fruit or toys — and enjoy the hunt. Most sets cost less than $20.

 

Sunnyside Nursery owner Steve Smith will talk about shade plants such as Winter Daphne and about some of his favorite tools for maintaining your garden, the Hula-Ho and the Root Slayer. Shot on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Marysville, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Don’t be afraid: Your gardening to-do list includes pruning

If you still don’t feel comfortable cutting after reading this, contact a horticultural professional.

Sunnyside Nursery owner Steve Smith will talk about shade plants such as Winter Daphne and about some of his favorite tools for maintaining your garden, the Hula-Ho and the Root Slayer. Shot on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Marysville, Wash. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Great Plant Pick: Helleborus foetidus, stinking hellebore

The plant gets its nickname from the stinky smell you get when the leaves are crushed.

Old phrenology heads with zones mapped out sell for over $500

It was believed long ago that each bump on the head correlated to a personality trait.

Here are 6 must-have spring plants that are new for 2019

Columnist Steve Smith picks his favorites from a long list of plant breeders’ introductions.

Plant red buckeyes to attract hummingbirds and butterflies

Though native to the Southeast, they are cold hardy in zones 4-8. You can grow them in Washington.

Plant the right tree in the right place to avoid power lines

Half of Snohomish County PUD’s outages are caused by trees. Here’s how you can help prevent them.

What is a whirligig? Antique collectors’ new favorite thing

The pinwheels or moving toys were very popular in the 1880s to 1900, and they are still being made.

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

Even with all the snow, your spring flowers should be OK

Columnist Steve Smith shares more on the effects the recent snowstorm will have on our gardens.

Great Plant Pick: Pieris japonica ‘Brookside Miniature’

This dwarf columnar lily-of-the-valley shrub has clusters of urn-shaped white flowers.

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Seattle Home Show: Information on backyard cottages, tiny homes, smart home technology, landscaping and kitchen remodeling are among things to be explored at the Seattle… Continue reading

Fun facts about Honest Abe, our tallest president

He didn’t smoke, rarely drank and enjoyed chicken fricassee with biscuits.

Great Plant Pick: Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’

Varigated kamtschaticum stonecrop is well suited for the rock garden or edging in a dry border.

What did the great snowstorm of 2019 do to our gardens?

It’s too soon to tell for sure, but your container plantings may be doomed.

Melissa Strash in her mermaid themed room at her home in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

An Everett woman’s mermaid-themed bedroom is a source of joy

Melissa Strash, 67, has more than 100 mermaid figurines, dolls and statues in her collection.

Melissa Strash in her mermaid themed room at her home in Everett. (Olivia Vanni / 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: Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Variegatus’

Variegated false holly produces tiny — but powerfully fragrant — flowers in the fall.