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Question: I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago.
That brutal ice storm in January 2012 convinced Nancy White that fuchsias are tougher than they look. White wasn't sure all of her fuchsias would survive. The thaw came, then warm weather and then the blooms returned. All but one potted fuchsia survived the freeze.
We cherish things and accumulate them. We move them from shelf to shelf and from home to home. The federal government estimates that a quarter of Americans with two-car garages don’t use them for automobiles. Even those without a permanent home carry their stuff around with them.
A 2.5-acre forest is growing in Federal Way that’s unlike any other — at least in Washington. The trees have leaves the size of oar paddles and flowers as showy as rhododendrons.
Q: My brother renovated my second-floor bathroom, which included a new tub, faucets, shower, and a diverter. Now, every time I do a load of wash, when the first-floor washer is filling up, a lot of water comes out of my shower faucet.
The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — those first tinges of new greens, a fuzzy gray bud, a brushstroke of crocus blue. Then, as the season really plants its feet, fresh bright color starts popping up all over.
It’s convenient to pick up some laundry detergent at the store, but it’s not difficult to create your own.
The steps in making a terrarium are fairly simple (see the steps at right): choose a glass container, fill it with an inch of gravel/glass for drainage, an inch of charcoal to prevent mold and an inch of clean potting soil (gravel/sand for cacti). Choose plants with the same light and water needs, and start putting them in, adding rocks and other sculptural materials and filling in with more soil to anchor tall things. Spray with water and place in good, but not direct sunlight (or they’ll fry).
In a small store window on South Ninth Street in downtown Tacoma, there’s an unusual landscape. Strewn across hot white sand like abandoned objects on a “Star Wars” planet sit a Bulbosa airplant, lime-green moss and a large quartz crystal. Nearby is a tiny forest, with lush ferns, lichen, lemon-y Scotch moss and, arching over everything, a curly ram’s horn. As in, from a sheep.
The last half of March is a prime time for lawn repair, rose pruning and berry feeding.
Liz and Mark Ostoich were staying at the Willows, a boutique hotel in downtown Palm Springs, Calif., when they had the idea to buy a home in the desert resort town. They looked up at the hillside where they now reside and told themselves that if they were to live anywhere in Palm Springs, it would be there.
If there’s one packet of seeds you don’t want to show up with at a seed exchange in Olympia, it’s the dreaded calendula.
Into each yard some rain must fall. And there it needs to stay. At least that’s the goal of local environmental stewards who want to keep runoff out of stormwater systems and local waterways and put it into rain gardens where it can slowly seep back into the earth.
The second week of March is when your gardening task list really begins to grow. Add these:
It’s barely 5 p.m. on a week night and the buzzy Rock Creek restaurant, in Seattle’s artsy Fremont neighborhood, is already filling up. But Michael Marian is in no rush to claim a spot.
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