• By Norman Winter | Tribune News Service
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It’s really been amusing watching visitors get out of their cars, and start taking photos of shrubs around the parking lot. Sometimes we even laughingly call these tough-as-nails plants “parking lot shrub.” The plant I am referring to is Mrs. Schiller’s Delight, a selection of the native Wal…

  • By Roger Schlueter | Belleville News-Democrat
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They say you’re supposed to reverse the direction of ceiling fans in the winter to improve the circulation of warm air, thus helping your furnace’s heating efficiency while reducing your utility bill. But most homes have their warm air ducts at floor level. My house is a little funny in that…

  • By Norman Winter | Tribune News Service
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The word on the street (I’ve always wanted to say that) is that the Dutch iris is a short-lived perennial. Tell that to Romano an incredible showy bloomer that we have in the garden which was planted in the late 1990s. I’ve led a life comparable to a house flipper so my personal experience o…

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March is the “transition” month. We begin transitioning from winter to spring. I know recently in Killeen the weather says we are already in spring, but mentally my mind thinks March. I begin planning my garden and decorating for spring.

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Every year as spring approaches, I begin thinking about deep cleaning my house. There is a feeling of rejuvenation as the sun shines through the windows and the house is sparkling clean. This year, the spring cleaning bug appears to have bitten me a little sooner thanks to our warm weather.

  • By Norman Winter | Tribune News Service
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There has been a storm brewing in North Carolina and it is one that will prove to beautify our landscapes across the country. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River N.C. already horticultural heroes of sorts with their incredible white flowered Sweet Tea Mountain Go…

  • By Norman Winter | Tribune News Service
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After seeing some incredible mixed containers I told my young horticulturist son I had a vision of writing a column called Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme, kind of a play on words from Simon and Garfunkel’s famous album by the same name and of course the lyrics from “Scarborough Fair.” Th…

  • By Nanette Light | The Dallas Morning News
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DALLAS — Seven-year-old Karmen Mudd dug her finger into the cool, damp dirt, scooping a shallow hole in the raised bed.

  • By Elizabeth Mayhew | Special to The Washington Post
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Like fashion, decorating trends come in waves. One day, everyone wants a sputnik light fixture in their foyer, and the next they want a Moroccan Beni Ourain-style rug on their living room floor. If my clients’ wishes are any indication of what the next trend will be, then I’m predicting that…

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We repainted our kitchen recently, and now there is a spot over our back door that has been begging for attention. Since the space is over 6 feet long, finding a picture to go there has been a challenge. The other day I decided to make something to fill the space. I absolutely love it and wa…

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Recently, while my husband and I were wandering around Lowe’s, I perused the marked down paint — full of items not wanted by the original customer. For example, if a color is not mixed correctly or a customer decides not to buy it after the paint is mixed, the paint is marked down for other …

  • By Norman Winter | Tribune News Service
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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Walking down our long Crape Myrtle Allee we have several large Vietnamese glazed pots filled with cool season flowers. For this to be the first week in February, they are looking rather impressive thanks to what may be the perfect Valentine’s Day plant, the Persian cyclamen. …

  • By Nicole Anzia | Special to The Washington Post
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One of the joys of my job is working with interesting, smart, accomplished people. Some are stay-at-home parents, some work outside the home part time, others full time. Some are married, others are divorced, and some are single. Whatever differences exist, they all seem to have one thing in…

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Several months ago, my mom made the move from Iowa to Texas. She bought a cute house in Harker Heights. It had almost everything she wanted in a home. But one thing had not been updated — the bathroom.

  • By Judith Graham | Kaiser Health News
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When Dan Bawden teaches contractors and builders about aging-in-place, he has them get into a wheelchair. See what it’s like to try to do things from this perspective, he tells them.

  • By Norman Winter | Tribune News Service
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The first hint of spring is trumpeting, so to speak, in the South with the arrival of the narcissus or daffodil. I hate writing about flowers that are opposite their planting season but on the other hand, there are certainly some lessons that can be learned. The biggest lesson to be learned …

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Boys are fun to raise. With that being said, mud and dirt come with the territory. I am certainly not against getting dirty. In fact, I encourage my boys to play outside frequently. But I am against dirt and mud in my sink.

  • By Norman Winter | Tribune News Service
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Walking around the garden, I was astonished by the beauty of grass that was so picturesque backlit by the sun. It was a muhly grass but not the pink cotton candy looking one you admire in the fall. This was bamboo muhly native to Arizona. You don’t normally think about plants native to Arizo…

  • By Lindsey M. Roberts | Special to The Washington Post
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Pantone selected its 2017 Color of the Year, Greenery, based on research that shows everyone just wants a big, deep breath of air. “We don’t all have access to the green forest, but we do have access to things we can bring into our home environment,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director…

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Before winter break I noticed my boys were becoming too distracted by each other while doing their school work. I wanted an area they could both use that would double as their own space. I ended up building a moveable wall. Hopefully they will have ownership over their “office” and focus on school.

  • By Norman Winter | Tribune News Service
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It wasn’t long ago I was hiking around Blue Ridge, Ga., and came across a few terrific looking heuchera or coral bells, which I had only seen previously for sale in garden centers. All heuchera species are native to the United States including this Heuchera villosa native in the Southeast fr…

  • By Patricia Sheridan | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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HIGH POINT, N.C. — Design could be as simple as black and white this year. In a home, the look is dramatic, daring and timeless. Interior designer Dorothy Draper was known for her use of black and white as far back as the 1930s.