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Monday, January 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


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 …


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 …


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. …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


On your mark: Let’s start

We’re all getting impatient for spring, but the season has been slow to arrive this year. So, while Mother Nature takes her time making the garden bloom, we can bring …


Rhubarb flourish in fertilizer

Our two 5-year-old rhubarb plants are up about 4 to 5 inches just like usual this time of year, but in years past, this is all they do.


Enjoy city’s spring glory

When flowering trees are in full bloom, my driving becomes hazardous. In fact, so hazardous that my husband won’t take the same road if he knows I will be on …


Junkers’ season takes shape

After months of wintry weather and gray days, the thought of getting outside and feeling the sun on my back and a warm breeze in my hair sounds wonderful. And, …


Robert and Deborah Osborn

Robert and Deborah Osborn spent two years caring for his bedridden mother after her stroke. When she died a year ago, the couple knew it was time for change. “I’d …


Rescuers of feathered friends

It’s an unconventional lifestyle, that’s for sure. Having a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week day care could get to anyone, but Sarah Forbes and Rick Olsen don’t mind.


Rise with the sun to watch the bird show

With warmer weather, more and more birds will be making pit stops in your backyard. Put out a few tasty morsels and they’ll be flocking to you. The sun will …


Welcome to open season on ‘plant currency’

I went to Wal-mart today thinking I needed a bag of seed potatoes. I came out of there with nearly $100 of various plants, and seed potatoes only as an …


Heavy metal punks

Used horseshoes, broken rakes, old saw blades and discarded transmission gears. Where most folks see junk, 14-year-old Cody Campbell sees art – and maybe a trip to Hawaii. The teen …


How sweet it is to be 16

Denel Lang, a bubbly Spokane teen, received a big surprise for her 16th birthday last week. The athletic, blond-haired, blue-eyed teenager couldn’t believe it when she heard her parents’ plan …


When panic attacks, I attack roses

A trip out to the garden sent me into despair. It does every year at this time. Even though April is upon us and there are signs of life everywhere …


A work in progress

“It all started with me wanting more room for my CDs,” says Kevin Hekmatpanah, explaining his recent move from a 700-square-foot condo in downtown Spokane to a “fixer-upper” roughly 10 …


With each spring comes a new chore

Is a lawn part of a garden? Definitely! And, if so, my garden is in some serious trouble, and it has been from day one. A few years ago in …


Home projects – quit while you’re ahead

It seems like every spring, I take on what should be a completely innocuous home project. Usually, this is far enough removed from my last innocuous home project that I …


Species tulips put on annual show

Any garden worth its dirt has tulips. The bright cups of color scream spring, no mistake about it.