Home and garden

This antique filing cabinet has 48 drawers for lateral files

Instead of stacking mail inside an envelope in a drawer, the Ohmer’s Sons cabinet files papers flat.

Focus on beauty of your April garden — not the bad weather

Here are some beautiful bloomers to consider that are sure to put you in a better mood.

Great Plant Pick: Veronica peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue,’ speedwell

What: Veronica peduncularis “Georgia Blue” comes from the nation in the Caucasus region of Eurasia, not from the U.S. state. This cold and tough terrain… Continue reading

Terrace fiction writer sticks to the facts with birds and botany

Mountlake Terrace author Marty Wingate is penning two mystery book series with garden themes.

This warped-looking bowl keeps whatever is in your pockets

The French storage dish was meant to hold your money and keys on a dresser in about 1900.

1930’s Donald Duck knock-off made in China sells for $4,200

Because he is a Disney character, there are strict laws about copying the duck’s likeness.

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

Easter bunny arrived in America the 1700s by way of Germany

Eggs, on the other hand, have been a universal symbol of spring since ancient times.

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: Rhododendron ‘Snow Lady,’ dwarf rhododendron

What: Rhododendron “Snow Lady” is a smaller, mounding shrub with masses of pure white flowers in very early spring. The evergreen foliage is dark green… Continue reading

Home & Garden events in and around Snohomish County

Plant talks and more: Snohomish County Home & Garden calendar

One more reason to play in the dirt: It makes us happier

Scientists say a bacteria found in dirt boosts serotonin levels, making you feel relaxed and happy.

Rhododenrons have more range than you think

With more than 1,000 varieties, there’s a rhodie with the size, shape and color you’re looking for.

Another sign of spring: Fun facts about the Pacific tree frog

This time of year, chorus frogs can be heard singing for a mate in evenings and mornings.

Garden clubs in Snohomish, 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

Gardening tools: Experts help through hotline, drop-in clinics

The WSU Extention program is meant to help gardeners with their plant and pest problems.

Great Plant Pick: Abies koreana, Korean fir

What: Aristocratic in appearance and slow growing, Abies koreana, commonly called Korean fir, has wonderful layered branches with deep green needles that have startling bright… Continue reading

This old Singer sewing machine isn’t real — it’s a wood carving

The copy an example of fool-the-eye (trompe-l’oeil), a popular theme in a new type of art.

Critics say Paddy character is no longer politically correct

Some think the British cartoon is a negative stereotype that insults those of Irish background.

Dig it up: Get your plant sale listed in the Homes section

It’s almost time for The Herald to run our annual list of sales spanning April, May and June.