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CAROL LOLLIS
Drifts of deep yellow yarrow behind gray-leafed stachys and blue salvia form the perennial garden at the home of Stephanie and Chris Frank.

‘I’ve got the perfect place for it’ How a rocky landscape became a splendid arboretum with sweeping lawns, koi pond, waterfalls, more; Belchertown Garden Tour July 12

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Many Belchertown landscapes feature huge boulders and stone walls made from the rocks found on the property. They create a challenge in creating a harmonious garden. Stephanie and Chris Frank have succeeded with unusual specimen trees and shrubs nestled against the boulders with sweeping lawns edged with wide perennial borders. Their garden will be among six on the Belchertown Garden Tour July 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perhaps it helps that Chris Frank owns C.L. Frank & Company of Northampton, arborists. “He’s at nurseries all the time. He’ll bring a plant home and say, ‘Why don’t we see what we can do with … 0

Get Growing tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: Hungry plants

Thursday, July 10, 2014

All this torrential rain is washing nutrients out of the soil and vegetables and flowers are getting hungry. We gardeners tend to neglect fertilizing or, on the other hand, use too much. Right now, however, is a good time to give plants a nutrient boost. Vegetables can be side-dressed, that is, given a … 0

Living Smart: Easy projects to spruce up your lanscaping

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Having a mid-summer’s dream of better landscaping? Here are three easy projects to help realize your vision: ∎ Mulch makeover: Fresh mulch will liven up your flowerbeds and areas around trees. Landscapers and garden centers sell mulch in bulk or by the bag. The most standard bag size is 2 cubic feet. Bulk mulch sells by the cubic yard, which is equal to … 0

Living Smart: Can this tree be saved?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Trees add beauty, shade and value to your property, but they don’t live forever. Sources of damage or death include age, storm damage, drought or other extreme weather, and environmental issues. Top-rated tree experts tell our team that trees, like other living creatures, need good nutrition, a healthy … 0

Open and shut case: choosing and hanging shutters

Friday, June 27, 2014

Although glass and screens have eliminated the practical need for shutters, they’re still popular for decoration. “They add another layer of thoughtful detailing to a house,” says Ted Cleary, a landscape architect in Charlotte, N.C. But to get … 0

Make your shower even more enjoyable

Friday, June 27, 2014

No matter how satisfying, relaxing and soothing a warm shower can be, why not make it better? More intense water pressure, better organization, even music can make a shower all the more enjoyable. ∎ Once you’ve showered under … 0

Hive mind Home gardeners can help save the bees — and our food supply

Friday, June 20, 2014

Albert Einstein, a man lauded as an icon for his superior intelligence, once said, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the Earth, man would have no more than four years to live.” Many people who are … 0

Backyard ponds: like bringing the resort feel home

Friday, June 6, 2014

About this time of year, Lee Neiman walks outside to his backyard every morning and impatiently counts the days. It’s not until late March or early April that the backyard paradise at his Pittsburgh home usually returns to … 0

Right at home: a neoclassical moment in decor

Friday, June 6, 2014

If you’re a fan of traditional décor, you probably appreciate the elegant lines and rich history of neoclassical style. Interest in classical style really took off in the second half of the 18th century, when Scottish architect Robert … 0

Ask a Designer: No color’s too bold for decor

Friday, June 6, 2014

It might be practical, of course, to decorate your home with neutral colors and muted earth tones. No need to worry about colors clashing if most everything is white, beige and light brown. But what if you’re a … 0

Get Growing, tips from Master Gardener Cheryl B. Wilson: English gardens

Friday, June 6, 2014

Sissinghurst Castle Garden in England is a Mecca for avid gardeners but perhaps Americans should add Chiffchaffs to their list of must-see English gardens. A group of 20 master gardeners and friends from western Massachusetts just returned from … 0

Your Place: Welcome to the ‘year of the connected home’

Friday, June 6, 2014

Ever since Sandy, or maybe it was Hurricane Irene, I’ve been thinking about buying a portable generator sufficient to run our sump pump, our freezer and refrigerator, and a few appliances in case of a lengthy power disruption. My brother-in-law, an engineer for an electric utility, loses power … 0

Living Smart: 10 dull, but important home projects

Friday, May 30, 2014

It’s almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a party. But that’s precisely the kind of job you need to invest in occasionally, if you want to … 0