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Get Growing: Colors of spring

Friday, April 18, 2014

Blue is often regarded as a melancholy color, i.e. “feeling blue,” but who can feel sad when there is a carpet of blue Scilla siberica or Chionodoxa sardensis covering your garden? The other morning my spirits were lifted when I found my annual patch of glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa) by the kitchen steps. The usual C. luciliae is lavender blue, but 30 … 0

Your Place: Ice-melt products stained pavers; what to do?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The ever-genial Mitch Cohen, of Cohen Hardware in Philadelphia, emailed me recently, reporting that many customers were asking him how to get ice melt’s white residue out of their brick pavers. I don’t use anything on my brick pavers, so I can’t speak from experience. And when I shovel the sidewalks and the driveway, I remove snow from the lawn in a six-inch … 0

Right at Home: Victorian garden style lives on

Friday, April 18, 2014

Those drawn to 19th century style may be pleased to learn that vintage garden decor is a trend this spring and summer. The look involves florals, weathered wood, wire, period typography, bird motifs and accessories, and other elements with a Victorian vibe, says Tom Mirabile, a trend watcher for Lifetime Brands. The appeal … 0

Decorator offers tips on where to splurge, scrimp

Friday, April 18, 2014

When it comes to decorating our homes, our choices are many. From flea markets to furniture stores, from Costco to custom manufacturers, sources abound for furniture and accessories that can add function and style to our rooms. But with so many price points to choose from, how do … 0

In tight places, savvy gardeners train their vegetables to climb

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Whether you have a postage-stamp garden or half an acre, growing some of your vegetables vertically makes sense. “I’m promoting vertical gardening because people seem to think they need lots of space for growing vegetables,” said Charlotte Vesel … 0

Valley experts detail options that lure gardeners into herb field

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How many inspirations are there to grow herbs? Let us count the ways: You can create herb gardens for food, remedies, ingredients for natural body care products, crafts, or simply to have a low-maintenance garden that attracts pollinators … 0

A studied walk through the garden How three Valley coaches help property owners keep their lands looking beautiful

Thursday, April 17, 2014

AMHERST — Do you wish you could improve your landscape but don’t know how? Do you wish someone could give you reliable advice about the plants already on your property, what plants you might purchase and how to … 0

Late spring: What happened and what’s to come for gardeners and lawn lovers

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yellow daffodils, purple crocuses, red tulips, green grass. We humans are all starved for color, for a hue other than white or brown. Wild creatures have also been starved this winter — not for color but for food. … 0

Get Growing: Vegetable gardening

Friday, April 11, 2014

It’s finally time to plant vegetables — as long as your soil isn’t too wet or still frozen. Peas, onion and broccoli plants and lettuce seeds or plants are among the crops that are hardy enough to plant … 0

Your Place: Paint peeling, plaster crumbling — what to do?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Question: I had a new roof put on my home 10 years ago. In the last couple of years, I have noticed, first on one and then another, and now all interior sides of exterior walls, paint peeling and plaster crumbling. This is happening only on the first … 0

The yin and yang of spring both infuse decor

Friday, April 4, 2014

The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues — … 0

Living Smart: Spring housecleaning tips and tricks

Friday, April 4, 2014

How do your cleaning skills compare to those of pros who’ve earned shining reviews? Just in time for spring, here are some tips, tricks and tools of the maid trade. ∎ Vacuum right with the right vacuum: Weekly vacuuming is key to a clean carpet. Do it more … 0

Friday, April 4, 2014

◄ AMHERST — This spectacular custom-built home is adjacent to South Amherst Common and on 10-plus acres overlooking breathtaking views of the Pelham Hills. The great room opens to a superior kitchen, deck and stunning views. The 6,000-square-foot … 0