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Bad year for plant mildew

It’s like a ghost creeping into the garden. Your roses, lupines, phlox and a dozen other plants begin to take on a white, dusty haze ruining the look of otherwise …


Better soil, watering can green up lawn

I’ve been meaning to e-mail you, and this morning in reading your article regarding grass maintenance, I decided to sit down immediately to ask you this question. We live in …


Iris keeps memory of boy alive

Jordan’s Joy is a pale blue, tall bearded iris with a hint of silver and a streak of deep-blue running through its ruffled petals. Named in memory for Jordan Mason, …


Businesswoman enjoys city living with rural accents

The main living area of Julie Koesel’s Spokane loft is stylishly spare, dominated by a black leather sectional opposite an impossibly long shelf lined with color photos of European street …


Centenarian teddy going to Roadshow

Growing up, Becky Kramarz remembers a lovely old stuffed bear on display in her aunt’s home. The bear, an original Steiff teddy bear, had been made in 1903 and was …


Scott and Susan Miller

A chance to advance her career brought Susan Miller to Spokane, but the region’s weather and countryside sweetened the job. “It’s just such a beautiful place,” says Susan, the director …


Recyled lighting adds brightness to life

After the sun goes down, Gene Domanico, age 84, enjoys sitting on his deck to watch the light play across the paths and flowers of his small yard. Domanico has …


Moisture sensors aren’t foolproof

Several of you wrote to ask where you could get the rain/humidity sensor I mentioned in my column a couple of weeks ago. Most good sprinkler supply houses should have …


Bob Adolfson came back

Good timing brought Bob Adolfson home to Spokane. Three years ago, the Spokane native and his family came over from Seattle to run Bloomsday. Perusing a community newspaper, he came …


CDA garden tour on Sunday

A drive along Woodstone Avenue, in Hayden’s Forrest Hills neighborhood, reveals a number of stately homes with impressive gardens. Dan and Lezlee Mattison have what is likely the pinkest.


Flowery idea triggers business

Most companies that deal with weddings have flowery names. And that’s true of Pistil Packin’ Posies. But it’s flowery with a twist. “It took me probably a good two months …


Welcome Home!

There are days when I’d like to make myself at home, anywhere but at home. Do you know the feeling? It’s when the place that is supposed to help us …


Concrete innovation

Few homeowners bold enough to take on do-it-yourself projects around the house end up making a career out of it. But Chris and Dana Oxford are among those few. After …


It’s difficult to turn down a good read

My books, some of which have been with me since childhood, are as beloved to me as a few of the people I know and care about. And I turn …


Welcome Home!

We all want a peek inside. We want to see what color our neighbors painted the kitchen or just a closer look at the lamp that looks so pretty in …


Dogwoods get their day in the sun

The dogwood trees around this area outdid themselves this year. There were huge pink and white clouds everywhere! The most popular dogwoods found in local gardens are the Florida dogwoods …


Spring rain awakens the senses

It rained last night. There is nothing more nourishing to the garden than a good spring rain. And there is nothing more satisfying to the gardener than to see life …


Your best bet: short-season tomatoes

The tomato and pepper plants have been in the stores for weeks. When is it really time to plant them? Also I always have trouble getting them ripe at the …


Enjoying the high life

Moving from an apartment on the South Hill to a three-level home in West Hills last autumn was a big step for Keith and Kerri Mires. Especially to a home …


A master’s magic

Third-generation woodcarver Petr Shiva creates magic in his home studio in south Spokane. From restoring antique furniture for private residents to carving safari friezes for the Davenport Tower, Shiva fashions …


Help your pet keep its cool

Now that summer temperatures have arrived, it’s a good time to think about some of the hazards our pets face in the hot weather and how to prevent them. Heat …


My cycle leaves no time for laundry

When I was very young, I remember how much my mother disliked Mondays. Whether by Presidential decree, habit or tradition, Monday was laundry day in Spokane. If you doubted that, …


Plant a row and contribute to a good cause

It’s been a pretty good year for our region. I’m hearing more upbeat comments about people doing well at work, a thriving real estate market and more opportunities all around. …


Lilacs bring bother-free beauty

It’s lilac season in the Lilac City and the air will soon be fragrant with their heady scent. Lilacs are perfect for our Inland Northwest gardens. They love our weather, …


Gerard and Willy Verkaik

Gerard and Willy Verkaik love open space. And while their children want the couple living close to family, the Verkaiks consider close a relative term. They recently bought a 40-acre …


Treat mom to Garden Expo

Still trying to find a special gift for a mother in your life? If she is a gardener, relax, you don’t have to worry. Just take her to the annual …


A mother’s memories are rarely outgrown

Sometimes, it’s hard to remember that I once lived in a space inhabited by little ones. Gone are the rattles and blankies and alphabet blocks.


Pulling off the ultimate in downsizing

It’s not every day that a young married couple purchases a new home and has to scale back their lifestyle to accommodate smaller digs. But this summer Sara Hornor and …


Lilac makes nice memorial gift

A group of us want to purchase a plant for friends living in Liberty Lake as a family memorial. We would like it to be pretty, maybe attract butterflies or …


The Whitaker family

The Whitaker family’s move to Spokane took 10 visits and nearly two years. Scott Whitaker began the family’s journey here from Las Vegas when he applied to be a Spokane …