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On Gardening: Emperor's candlestick, a nostalgic trip to the islands

I was working on a magazine piece this week on nostalgia gardening. While we tend to think of nostalgia gardening as being related to growing something that is heirloom or antique it can also be considered a plant that mentally transports you back to another time or place. One plant that instantly does that is the Emperor's candlestick, Senna alata formerly Cassia alata.

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Style at Home: Window treatments warm up this family home

My friend Tammy readily admits she has a problem. She is a self-confessed fabric-haulic who never met a plaid, paisley or floral she didn't fall head over heels in love with. We have a lot of fun leading her astray, giving her a quick call every time we get in a new fabric that will make her flip. So when Tammy, her husband Tyler, and their three young kids moved into their diamond-in-the-rough a few months ago, it was exciting for us to see how she used fabric to help write this historic house's newest chapter.

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3 hacks a professional cleaner knows (and you don't)

Why is it that your home looks completely different after a professional deep-cleaning service steps in? Countertops you've wiped a hundred times shine brighter, shower grout you scrubbed to no avail has gone away, and your home looks like someone applied a lighter, brighter Instagram filter to it.

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Spring birds begin appearing, despite the colder weather

As we continue to move toward the official start of spring, a few of our earliest returning Neo-tropical migratory birds have begun to make their way into and through our area. Last week I heard my first Northern parula and yellow-throated warblers of the season. These two species are the earliest of the spring warblers and usually arrive in our area at the end of February or in early Match. It's always nice to hear their distinctive songs emanating from forest canopies, even as the first leaves of spring start to emerge. Both of these species breed in our area, most commonly in wetland forests, where the tiny birds often make their nests in pendant clumps of Spanish moss. In addition to our early spring migrants, many wintering species can still be seen in our area. A blue-headed vireo was heard singing in Conway last week, and many Baltimore orioles continue to visit backyard feeding stations in the area.

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Duplex does double duty

LOS ANGELES - When Los Angeles interior designer Tommy Chambers decided to tackle a full-scale renovation project in West Hollywood, he was faced with an uncompromising client: Himself.

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CNET: DIY home security systems

Smart-home appliances are developing all kinds of skills and talents to make our lives better, and one of the most valuable of these is home security. Here are four gadgets you can add to your home yourself that will help keep it safe and secure.

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How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

Holiday decorations contribute to hundreds of home fires every year. Here are some tips from Boise Firefighters' Local 149 and the Boise Fire Department in Idaho to keep your home safe this holiday season.
Boise Firefighters' Local 149 and the Boise Fire Department
How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy 2:42

How to keep your Christmas tree from turning into a tragedy

4 tips to outsmarting poisonous plants 2:35

4 tips to outsmarting poisonous plants

Lightning safety tips 5:23

Lightning safety tips

Hybridizing Daylilies In The Zahler-Therrien Garden 1:12

Hybridizing Daylilies In The Zahler-Therrien Garden