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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 …

Robert Floyd gallery presents Newfoundland slide shows

Friday, December 4, 2015

SOUTHAMPTON — To celebrate the start of the 15th year for the Robert Floyd Gallery and Learning Center, there will be two public digital slide shows at the center at 2 East St. “Newfoundland: Bonavista Peninsula” takes place …

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MOVIES: What was the 1953 film for which Frank Sinatra received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar? GENERAL KNOWLEDGE: What is a natatorium? FAMOUS QUOTATIONS: Who once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work”? CHEMISTRY: What is the symbol for the element copper? …

Time for bed: Tucking the garden in for the winter, but not too tight

Friday, November 20, 2015

The weather in early November was perfect for planting bulbs, raking leaves and putting the garden to bed. It was pretty wet and chilly last week but let’s hope there is balmy weather this weekend to get more …

Fall garden chores

Friday, November 20, 2015

Remove tomato plants, brassicas and any other diseased plants from the vegetable garden. Remove stems of peonies and phlox from the ornamental garden. Rake maple leaves from the grass since they tend to mat down under the snow. Compost the leaves or run the lawn mower over them …

Your Place: Whatever the winter forecast, prepare your house for it

Friday, November 20, 2015

Clean off the snowshoes, and sharpen the shovels. Winter is coming, and from what some old farmers have been saying lately, this year may well be even worse than last year. Frankly, I’m taking my usual wait-and-see attitude. Last Thanksgiving, we drove north to see relatives in the …

Living Smart: Does shutting furnace vents improve energy efficiency?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Saving money on energy costs and utility bills is a high priority for homeowners. Furnaces can suck up electricity and gas, especially if they’re heating more space than needed. In an attempt to lower energy bills, it’s often …

Get Growing

Friday, November 20, 2015

Many gardeners heartily dislike winter with its absence of flowers and the comfort of digging in the soil. Indoor greenhouses give us a chance to see blooming flowers and smell the earth and lift our spirits. There are …

Homes of the week

Friday, November 20, 2015

HUNTINGTON — ​Beautiful, custom-built home on a peaceful 3.85 acre lot offering privacy yet a convenient location. Inside you’ll find an open floor plan featuring a large living room with cathedral ceiling and a wood stove on a …

Living Smart: Projects for your home’s difficult teen years

Thursday, November 5, 2015

When it comes to home improvement projects on your house that’s coming of age, there’s no denying that your roof, windows and air conditioning and heating units might be getting moody, temperamental or give you the silent treatment …

Facebook flower show: A Florence woman shares her garden’s glory

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Many of us who pick flowers from our gardens to bring inside just stick them in a vase. But Sheena See of Florence is an artist with her bouquets. This year, she decided to share photographs of her …