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Get Growing: Amaryllis: Not a one-shot wonder

Friday, February 12, 2016

There’s no flower in the houseplant kingdom more majestic than the amaryllis. The gnarly bulbs are potted up in the fall or winter, and within seven to 10 weeks produce regal bell-shaped blossoms, as big as 10 inches across, on long slender stalks. When the first stalk is finished, there’s often a second, even a third, ready to provide another …

Design by social media: Kansas woman pins her hopes on Pinterest

Friday, February 12, 2016

Kelsey Cary of Eastborough, Kansas humbly says she’s just a good copycat. Long before she and her husband bought their house in 2014, the stay-at-home mom had pinned a photo of the exterior of a Georgia house that she’d fallen in love with — white brick, black windows, set back in the trees …

Your Place: In winter, carbon monoxide detectors are a must

Friday, February 12, 2016

Carbon monoxide poisoning is more of a danger in winter months than it is in summer because cold weather tends to make us stay in a very tight indoor environment. The odorless, colorless — yet potentially deadly _ gas results from the burning of wood, natural gas, oil and kerosene. To keep carbon …

Plant for posterity: Replace giant tree with giant-to-be

Friday, January 15, 2016

Nothing like some strong winter winds to remind one of mortality — tree mortality. No tree lives forever. Nothing does. But we humans sometimes don’t appreciate trees’ mortality, especially trees that are already large when we first meet …

‘Art of Gardening’ shares beauty, bounty of Chanticleer

Friday, January 15, 2016

Pay no attention to those gray skies and crumpled brown leaves. On the pages of “The Art of Gardening: Design Inspiration and Innovative Planting Techniques From Chanticleer” (Timber Press), candy-colored tulips soar above soft yellow clouds of euphorbia, …

1922’s ‘Home Beautiful’ comes full circle in Sacramento

Friday, January 15, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The stately yellow house on 43rd Street has always been known as a model home. A little luck and detective work confirmed that reputation. Since 1922, it’s been a keystone for its shady block in …

With new varieties, search for perfect tomato goes on

Friday, January 15, 2016

Page through any of the freshly arrived seed catalogs and you’ll note the words “new” and “improved” splashed across many of the tomato varieties available to home gardeners for 2016. New flavors, lively colors, different sizes, higher yields, …

Fashion moment for plaid extends to housewares, decor

Friday, January 15, 2016

NEW YORK — Plaids are having a fashion moment as retailers and designers play with the classic pattern. But the apparel and footwear industries are sharing the love: Fresh takes on plaid have made headway in housewares and …

Get Growing: House plants need TLC in winter

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Winter is a hard time for house plants. Dry heat robs them of needed humidity, and there’s less natural light. A basic understanding of what plants do in winter makes it easier to keep them healthy throughout the …

Artful architecture: Stunning mid-century modern style draws a pair of art historians to their home in Amherst

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

When husband-and-wife art historians Jessica Maier and Nick Camerlenghi first set eyes on their mid-century modern house in Amherst last April, they knew they were looking at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And though the boxy, flat-roofed house may seem …

Living Smart: How to hold on to that holiday sparkle

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

We’ve spent the past several weeks (dare I say, months?) celebrating the holidays with friends and family amongst twinkling lights, glittering ornaments and beautifully wrapped packages. But now that the parties are over, how can we maintain that …

Get Growing: New columnist thrives on trial-and-error gardening

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Greetings, garden lovers. As you may know, the longtime occupant of this space, Cheryl Wilson, has retired. In her many years of writing home and garden features as well as this column, she guided readers through countless gardens …

Area bird sightings as reported by Audubon

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Here are this week’s bird sightings from the Western Voice of Audubon. Three barnacle geese were in the Connecticut River between Longmeadow and Agawam for one day only. Reports continue to be received of red-headed woodpeckers in the …