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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

Get Growing: Many flowers, many lookers

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Inching my way through the bulb show at Lyman Plant House I was struck by the wide range of visitors in the crowd: Smith students, elderly garden lovers, families of different ethnic backgrounds, a young man on crutches … 0

Your Place: Plumbing woes

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Question: My brother renovated my second-floor bathroom, which included a new tub, fau-cets, shower, and a diverter. Now, every time I do a load of wash, when the first-floor washer is filling up, a lot of water comes out of my shower faucet. A: I am assuming your … 0

It’s that time: Garden catalogues abound in anticipation of spring

Thursday, March 20, 2014

There’s something comforting about the feel and look of a gardening catalog while you sit near a warm fire on a dreary winter day, counting the hours until spring arrives March 20. Most are still available free in … 0

Thursday, March 20, 2014

These movies are playing locally. Contact theaters for times. AMHERST CINEMA 28 Amity St., Amherst 253-2547 amherstcinema.org The Grand Budapest Hotel (R) Tim’s Vermeer (PG-13) The Wind Rises (PG-13) CINEMARK AT HAMPSHIRE MALL 267 Russell St., Hadley 800-326-3264, … 0

Your Snow Day: Fourth reader-submitted winter photo gallery

Friday, February 28, 2014

All winter long we've been asking GazetteNET readers and followers of the Gazette’s Facebook and Twitter feeds to share pictures from 2014's snow storm. We've received many responses - this is our fourth reader-submitted winter photo slideshow! The … 0

Get Growing: Birds

Friday, February 28, 2014

It was 16 degrees outside at 9 a.m. on Tuesday in South Amherst when a flock of about a dozen robins, plus a couple of sparrows, arrived to gorge themselves on the berries of the Meserve holly outside … 0

Western Massachusetts Master Gardener Association symposia: the particulars

Friday, February 28, 2014

∎ South Deerfield Symposium: Bringing Imagination To Your Garden March 8, 8:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Frontier Regional High School, South Deerfield Keynote speaker: Andrew Keys, author of “Why Grow This When You Can Grow That?” and podcaster … 0

Your Place: Advice on appliance repair, replacement

Friday, February 28, 2014

Time out from answering questions, to provide some useful information. Cassie Eberle at Consumer Reports sends along this advice from the February issue on what it’s like to be faced with the prospect of repairing an appliance. This is just a taste of the full report (read it … 0

Living Smart: Buying a house

Friday, February 28, 2014

Home may be where the heart is, but the house-buying process can easily become a headache. To keep hassles to a minimum, take time to independently evaluate each professional you’ll need, from lender to real estate agent to … 0

Right at Home: Spring’s rosy glow will brush aside your winter blues

Thursday, February 20, 2014

This spring, pinks are popping up all over home decor — the softer versions soothing and nurturing, the bright ones bouncy and vivacious. Warm pink light can be flattering, so designers have long employed tricks like painting lampshade … 0