Home and garden

Is your yard more moss than grass? It’s time to take control

At the top of the to-do list: Treat your lawn with an organic product to get rid of moss for good.

Seven questions you should ask yourself before the DIY is cast

Doing a home renovation yourself can save money, as home improvement spending increases nationwide.

Carlton House desk was named for a favored London palace

An early 19th-century reproduction of the table sells today for $6,000 to $10,000.

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

EagleSong-Gardener, gardner and herbalist, will be a seminar speaker at the upcoming Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle in Feb. 7-11. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Garden party theme celebrates 30th Northwest flower show

A number of local gardening experts will be at this year’s Northwest Flower Garden Festival.

EagleSong-Gardener, gardner and herbalist, will be a seminar speaker at the upcoming Northwest Flower and Garden Festival in Seattle in Feb. 7-11. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Get rid of shot weed now to prevent lots of yard work later

Here is Steve Smith’s gardening to-do list for the month of February. Weeding is a top priority.

Great Plant Pick: Eranthis hyemalis, winter aconite

What: Eranthis hyemalis, commonly known as winter aconite, is an enchanting member of the buttercup family with bright yellow flowers in mid-winter. Indeed, the cup-shaped… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

SHOWS AND SALES Snohomish Conservation District: The district’s 33rd annual Native Plant Sale is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Evergreen State… Continue reading

Just bought a house? Here’s how to avoid buyer’s remorse

ith the median price for homes in Snohomish County at $425,000, there is a lot at stake.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

SHOWS AND SALES Snohomish Conservation District: The district’s 33rd annual Native Plant Sale is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Evergreen State… Continue reading

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

Gardeners, take heed: This is your last chance to goof off

Steve Smith is giving you permission take it easy in the garden until Feburary arrives.

George Washington bottle made to celebrate his 200th birthday

The glass vessel is shaped like a bust of our first president and has his name around the bottom.

Great Plant Pick: Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’, witch hazel

What: Witch hazels are renowned for producing flowers just when we need them most: winter. Hamamelis x intermedia “Jelena” produces large, coppery-orange flowers in early… Continue reading

These native plants can grow in the shade of a tall evergreen

Reclaim the shaded areas of the yard by planting a woodland garden with ferns, salal and foamflower.

A visit to the nursery helps put you in the mood to garden

Not ready to get back into gardening? January is still a fun time to poke around a garden center.

Expo in Stanwood can help you get ready for the country

The Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool is set for Jan. 27 at the high school.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

“The Promise of Spring”: Plant sale and workshops by Northwest Perennial Alliance, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21, Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Aaron Education Center,… Continue reading

Long rocking bench with strange fence is for protecting baby

The settee is a furniture form that dates to the 1810s. It’s a lengthened Windsor or Hitchcock chair.

Plant of Merit: Hybrid oriental hellebores, Lenten rose

What: Oriental hybrid hellebores, with the common name Lenten rose, are a sure-cure for the winter doldrums. In Puget Sound, they typically come into bloom… Continue reading