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Welcome Spring, Welcome Bulbs

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I’ve been paying attention to snowdrops and crocus since I was 9 years old — I recently found entries in my diary that tell me so. My entry for March 7, 1956, in its entirety was this: “Spring is getting here at last the snow drops are in bud + will bloom in a few days.” Then on April 5 I wrote, “Today our first crocus was in bloom it …

Early Spring Chores

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring finally seems to be coming to Cornish Flat — about a month late this year. My snowdrops are just starting to bloom and large patches of snow are still on the lawn and garden, though there are bare spots. I really want to get outside and start cleaning up the yard and garden beds, but will try to hold myself back until …

Foggy Windows Can Be Cleared

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Akron, Ohio — Marie Poling thought she was looking at an expense of thousands of dollars to replace all the windows on her Northfield Center Township, Ohio, house. The insulated glass in the home’s bay window had gotten foggy, and she figured her only option was new windows. Then she found out about a process that removes the moisture from inside thermal pane …

‘Going Faux’ Adds To a Home’s Style

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Phoebe Taylor’s 20-year-old suburban Atlanta ranch house began plain and “builder grade.” A professional decorator, she transformed it with faux wood beams, decorative molding and a gold-spun paint job that looked like “soft marble.” Her vision: “what our …

Of Garlic and Carrots and Leeks

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Some vegetables are as reliable as a sturdy shovel. Others please us some years, disappoint us others. We grow tomatoes never knowing if the harvest will be bountiful or meager. But garlic and carrots and leeks, for me at least, are totally reliable. Year after year I know …

Prepare Your Home For Fall’s Weather

Sunday, September 29, 2013

To rake or not to rake? That is the question come fall. Experts say that unless you enjoy reseeding in spring, you shouldn’t leave leaves on the lawn over winter. So another seasonal question worth asking is whether to take the time and risk the blisters to do …

When Project Instructions Don’t Help

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cartridge faucets use up-and-down motion to regulate water flow and left-right motion to control temperature, their makers say. A faucet with two handles turning 90 degrees can be a cartridge faucet. If such a faucet drips, you can replace the cartridge. YouTube videos show the repair steps. Yet …

And May You Stay Forever Young, at Least in the Garden

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

As we get older, most of us develop aches and pains. As gardeners, we need to learn how to move and use our bodies so we don’t end up feeling like a quarterback after a sacking. I love working as a garden coach, partly because I am, at …

Salon Walls: Decor Tells a Story

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Those beautiful summer vacation photos are in a cardboard box. Somewhere. The souvenirs you picked up on that overseas trip years ago are jumbled in a drawer. Your collection of (fill in the blank) is in the kitchen …

Notes From the Garden: Work Now, Work Less in Spring

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

When you think of the weeks ahead, do you think that putting the garden to bed means simply raking the leaves and cutting back a few perennial flowers? Or maybe just putting the lawn mower in the garage and the tomato plants on the compost pile? Then you …

Busy Homeowners Demanding More Of Their Furniture

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Washing clothes in the bedroom. Sending email from the laundry room. Busy Americans are demanding more from each room in the house, and spaces designed for multiple functions are popping up all over floor plans, design blogs and …

Feathered Whirlwinds Head South in Massive Bunches

Monday, September 9, 2013

Whirlwinds of feathered bodies, iridescent beetle-blue on top and snowy below, are touching down all along the eastern seaboard. Flocks move in a loose collection of tumbles and dives, sweeping across fields and swamps. They pepper the sky, …

The Green Darner Taunts a Seeker

Monday, September 9, 2013

During the heat of mid-summer, when birds are often quiet and well-hidden, I turn my attention to dragonflies. Because they are sturdy-bodied insects with wings that are not easily damaged (unlike butterflies), it is safe to capture dragonflies …