Home & Garden HEADLINES
Early spring means dwarf daffodils, crocus, hellebores, forsythia and even some flowering plum trees are edging onto the stage as the big show of petal-performers unfolds.
The 70th annual Seattle Home Show begins Saturday and continues through Feb. 23 at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Here’s what you need to know about the nine-day event:
The first week of February may still be gray outdoors but a rainbow of orchids will offer tropical delights inside the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, Wednesday through Sunday at the Washington State Convention Center.
Imagine a city park full of edible berries and mushrooms, or neighborhoods laden with productive fruit trees. Two new projects in Tacoma — the Tacoma Food Forest and the Fruit Tree Steward Program — and an orcharding workshop in Mount Vernon offer chances for people to grow food in the community over the next few months and beyond.
For the Tacoma mother-daughter team of Sue and Courtney Goetz the generation gap spans just inches. That’s the amount of space that separates the pair’s two cottages that take center stage in their display garden at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Is the rain getting you down? Store it in barrels. Are bushes about to swallow your house? Prune them into topiary. Is it too sunny for you? Harness solar energy.
Jason Russell will be one of the few diehard Seahawks fans not watching the Super Bowl on Sunday — even though he’ll be immersed in blue and green. And fire and water.
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Homeowners who go to Lauren Liess, an interior designer and blogger in Great Falls, Va., often have a priority list for decorating that starts with the kitchen and ends with the bedrooms. “An office is usually the last place they want to spend money on,” she says.
As technology has evolved so rapidly in the past 10 years, so has the notion of a home office. We increasingly carry around work and personal files on a handheld device or laptop. But despite this convenience, it still helps to feel grounded with a designated spot in your home to work, keep your important personal papers and store office supplies.
Don Engebretson’s takes on both garden mythology and the peddlers of worthless products. His website, The Renegade Gardener, carries no advertising.
In Summer Briggs’ hands, the innards of old lampshades might become the base for a side table. Old wood and pieces of a 1950s-era stapler become — poof! — a potting bench with handles for hanging garden tools.
With spring’s arrival just weeks away — ignore that dripping rain — dig into creative ideas and think about “containering” your plants, but don’t contain your enthusiasm for container gardening with a twist.
If roots or branches of a neighbor’s tree pose problems for you, it’s likely you have the right to take action, even if the neighbor won’t.
The second week of January is prime time for indoor gardening.
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