Home and garden

A bee looks for pollen in the center of an orchette dahlia, commonly called “Fancy Pants”, at the home of Snohomish County Dahlia Society’s president Alli Richards on Thursday, Aug. 16 in Everett. The Snohomish County Dahlia Show is this weekend. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Showtime for ‘dazzling dahlias’

The 109th annual Snohomish County Dahlia Show happens this weekend in Everett.

 

Go ahead — have a summer fling with a tropical beauty

They create drama in the garden like no other, before they meet their fate in the compost pile.

 

Great Plant Pick: Waldsteinia ternata, barren strawberry

This strawberry-like spreading perennial will form a low, tight-knit groundcover over time.

 

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This Campeche chair is tooled leather and oak. It was made in the late 19th century and is 33 by 21 inches. It sold for $976.

Mexican Campeche chairs were popular with 2 Founding Fathers

Also called “plantation chairs,” they were common in Southern homes.

This Campeche chair is tooled leather and oak. It was made in the late 19th century and is 33 by 21 inches. It sold for $976.

Green inspiration: Create bouquets with offerings from the yard

If you’ve ever yearned to brighten your home with a bouquet from your garden, it’s easy to get intimidated. Maybe you don’t have enough to… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gold Bar,’ variegated grass

“Gold Bar” clumping grass is a show-stopper with dramatic gold stripes that cut across the blades.

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According to a new study, the average annual home maintenance costs nationwide is about $16,000.

Huckleberry Finn doorstop based on Mark Twain’s character

Cast-iron figural door stops didn’t became popular until the 1910s, when the U.S. began making them.

Small indoor greenhouses let apartment dwellers grow veggies

Growing food indoors, often in small spaces like city apartments, has become popular.

Does your garden look tired come August? Do this to wake it up

With some weeding, planting, feeding and pruning this month, the yard can look fresh again.

Folding fans weren’t just for fashion — they were status symbols

In the 1700s, a talented fan painter was as important as a landscape or portrait artist.

Great Plant Pick: Pseudolarix amabilis, golden larch

This pyramidal conifer has pea-green needles in the summer that turn a bright gold in the fall.

The painting in Linda Smith’s den, painted by a family friend in the ’70s, is of the beach on Samish Island where Smith’s grandmother taught her how to look for “things that capture light.” The artistic poster (right) from the Sea Glass Festival in Santa Cruz reminds her how she fell in love with Monterey Bay when she first displayed her wares at the event. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Her beachcombing hobby turned into a 30,000-piece collection

Everett’s Linda Smith has been collecting sea glass she finds on beaches near and far for 40 years.

The painting in Linda Smith’s den, painted by a family friend in the ’70s, is of the beach on Samish Island where Smith’s grandmother taught her how to look for “things that capture light.” The artistic poster (right) from the Sea Glass Festival in Santa Cruz reminds her how she fell in love with Monterey Bay when she first displayed her wares at the event. (Dan Bates / The Herald)

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Darrington Rock & Gem show and sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 4-5, Mansford Grange, 1265 Railroad Ave., Darrington; www.discoverdarrington.com. Kids’ activities, free rocks,… Continue reading

Wild inspiration: Drawing ideas from Mother Nature’s gardens

Your formally designed urban yard could imitate the cohesiveness and diversity found in the wild.

Does your faded garden make you sad? Just keep on planting

A gardener who continually plants is never depressed because they’re fulfilling their need to nuture.

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: Aucuba japonica ‘Rozannie,’ Japanese aucuba

This compact evergreen shrub has year-round glossy, dark-green leaves and bright red fruit in fall.

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Summer Fest: This family-fun event at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens is from 1 to 3 p.m. July 28, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Bring the… Continue reading