Blue leadwort is a low-growing perennial that acts as a colorful groundcover for the garden. (Getty Images)

A few perennial gems to help brighten up the fall garden

He can’t help but find new treasures to plant each time he visits the nursery. Here are four he added recently.

 

This French window bench was in style the last half of the 18th century. Although it was made to use by a window, it is popular with decorators today as a hall bench or a seat at the end of a bed. This bench sold for about $1,600 at an auction. (Cowles Syndicate Inc.)

French window bench in style the last half of the 18th century

This Provincial Louis XVI fruitwood window seat was sold at a New Orleans auction for $1,625.

 

The “Fluffy” arborvitae has the ability to light up a Northwest landscape with its golden needles. (Proven Winners)

Gold tones of ‘Fluffy’ conifers make the landscape sparkle

It’s a new variety of Thuja plicata, native to the Pacific coast, known as western arborvitae.

  • Sep 18, 2020

 

The double-flowered autumn crocus has large lavender-pink blooms that resemble waterlilies. (Richie Steffen)

Great Plant Pick: Colchicum ‘Waterlily,’ double-flowered autumn crocus

This bulb features large double lavender-pink blooms that resemble waterlilies in the fall.

The double-flowered autumn crocus has large lavender-pink blooms that resemble waterlilies. (Richie Steffen)
The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting webinar on lawn alternatives Oct. 14 via Zoom. (Getty Images)

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting webinar on lawn alternatives Oct. 14 via Zoom. (Getty Images)
Leo Kenney’s “Seed Crystal” in gouche from 1966 is on display at the Edmonds museum through Jan. 10.

Cascadia reopens with works by 3 Northwest master artists

Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds is celebrating its fifth anniversary with several new exhibitions.

Leo Kenney’s “Seed Crystal” in gouche from 1966 is on display at the Edmonds museum through Jan. 10.

COVID-19 updates about returning to school

Public Health Essentials! A blog by the Snohomish Health District.

ZNi International will perform a live-stream show of his Afro-fusion album “Good Karma” with DJ Supreme on Sept. 25 at the Historic Everett Theatre. (ZNi International)

All about music: Schedule of concerts around Snohomish County

The listings include Historic Everett Theatre, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Thumbnail Theater shows.

ZNi International will perform a live-stream show of his Afro-fusion album “Good Karma” with DJ Supreme on Sept. 25 at the Historic Everett Theatre. (ZNi International)
See new paintings by Teresa Saia, including “Entwined,” through Sept. 28 at the Rob Schouten Gallery Sculpture Garden in Langley.

Art events, galleries and exhibits around Snohomish County

The listings include museum exhibitions, gallery shows, fairs and festivals and calls for artists.

See new paintings by Teresa Saia, including “Entwined,” through Sept. 28 at the Rob Schouten Gallery Sculpture Garden in Langley.
“Minecraft: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle reopens Sept. 18. (MoPop)

Family and kid-friendly events around Snohomish County

The listings include zoos, aquariums, museums, ice-skating rinks, shows and special walks.

“Minecraft: The Exhibition” at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle reopens Sept. 18. (MoPop)
The 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals” is screening Oct. 29 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Shown is blues and soul singer Clarence Carter in the Alabama recording studio. (Magnolia Pictures)
                                The 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals” is screening Oct. 29 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Shown is blues and soul singer Clarence Carter in the Alabama recording studio. (Magnolia Pictures)

Schedule of special film screenings around Snohomish County

The listings include documentaries showing at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

The 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals” is screening Oct. 29 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Shown is blues and soul singer Clarence Carter in the Alabama recording studio. (Magnolia Pictures)
                                The 2013 documentary “Muscle Shoals” is screening Oct. 29 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Shown is blues and soul singer Clarence Carter in the Alabama recording studio. (Magnolia Pictures)
Kenny Chesney’s summer tour is scheduled to come to CenturyLink Field in Seattle on July 17, 2021. (Associated Press)

Take heart, music fans: The shows will return, virus permitting

Here are the major shows scheduled — or, in most cases, rescheduled — over the next 365 days in the Seattle-Everett-Tacoma metro area.

Kenny Chesney’s summer tour is scheduled to come to CenturyLink Field in Seattle on July 17, 2021. (Associated Press)

The wages of sin are bloody in this Southern Gothic yarn

“The Devil All the Time” follows venal, murderous characters in the hollers of southern Ohio.

  • Sep 17, 2020
Mitch Burrow (left) and Tyler Smith smoke marijuana before performing in “The Dope Show.” The next one is scheduled for Nov. 20 at the Historic Everett Theatre. (Gabriel Michael)

Theater, dance and comedy shows around Snohomish County

The listings include Historic Everett Theatre, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Thumbnail Theater shows.

Mitch Burrow (left) and Tyler Smith smoke marijuana before performing in “The Dope Show.” The next one is scheduled for Nov. 20 at the Historic Everett Theatre. (Gabriel Michael)

Tickets for sale in Snohomish County and around the region

The listings include Historic Everett Theatre, Edmonds Center for the Arts and Thumbnail Theater shows.

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Pioneering Whidbey Island distillery marks 10th year in business

Whidbey Island Distillery has grown from 12 barrels to 35, and built an innovative computer-controlled still.

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Roasted eggplant is tossed with Isaeli couscous, tomatoes, fresh herbs and a lemony tahini dressing. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS

Enjoy roasted eggplant and couscous salad before summer’s gone

It can be served as a vegetarian main course or as a side with something like roasted chicken.

  • Sep 15, 2020
Roasted eggplant is tossed with Isaeli couscous, tomatoes, fresh herbs and a lemony tahini dressing. (Gretchen McKay/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/TNS
Wok-Fried Pepper Steak. (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)

Savory stir-fry pepper steak takes just minutes to cook

You’ll want to prepare all the ingredients before you drop them into the hot wok.

  • Sep 15, 2020
Wok-Fried Pepper Steak. (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)
Amy Alvarez-Wampfler, co-winemaker at Abeja in Walla Walla, Wash., was in charge of 10,000 barrels of Chardonnay during her time at Columbia Crest. (Photo courtesy of Abeja)

This month, raise a toast to region’s Hispanic winemakers

From fields to tasting rooms, they play a vitally important role in the Northwest wine industry.

Amy Alvarez-Wampfler, co-winemaker at Abeja in Walla Walla, Wash., was in charge of 10,000 barrels of Chardonnay during her time at Columbia Crest. (Photo courtesy of Abeja)
Charlotte Daphne-Celeste Buzard Simmons-Otness sleeps in the arms of her parents, Mark Buzard and Oriana Simmons-Otness. The baby was born Aug. 19 in Everett and given six names. Her first three initials are CDC. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)

This pandemic newborn has 6 names, but you can call her CDC

Meet Charlotte Daphne-Celeste Buzard Simmons-Otness of Whidbey Island. Her mom’s initials are ORCAS.

Charlotte Daphne-Celeste Buzard Simmons-Otness sleeps in the arms of her parents, Mark Buzard and Oriana Simmons-Otness. The baby was born Aug. 19 in Everett and given six names. Her first three initials are CDC. (Andrea Brown / The Herald)