Home and Garden

Summer Reading

As the summer really starts to simmer, gardening outside begins to feel more like work than a pleasant chore, so why not take a…

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The Way of White

White is the essence of light. Don’t think so? Bring all the colors there are together, and white will be the result. It is…

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Hot for Sweet Peppers

Hot peppers have been the darlings of both vegetable and ornamental gardeners in recent years because they can be so colorful, so sizzling, so…

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Happy House Hunting

Chris and Joscie Barnes are coming home to their native North Carolina after living for 30 years in Maryland, and explored several area towns…

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Irish Spring, Irish Gardens

If vacation plans have you leaning toward hopping across the Atlantic to enjoy an Irish Spring, the Isle of Eire certainly won’t disappoint —…

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Vacation, All I Ever Wanted

Vacation. It’s early spring and we’re already dreaming about it. Thankfully North Carolina affords countless getaways within a couple hours’ drive. And for many,…

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A Better Birdbath

Birdbaths are welcomed additions to any garden scheme because they provide fixed points of visual interest in seasonally changing landscapes, and of course, because…

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Secrets of the Cast Iron Plant

The cast iron plant (Aspidistra sp.) is as advertised because only a dedicated, demented brown thumb gardener has even the remotest chance of killing…

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Gift Books for Gardeners

Need ideas for those friendly gardeners on your Christmas gift list? Why not go with garden books that will provide your favorite backyard growers…

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Making a Cold Case for Peonies

Pssst! Ya wanna know a secret? Herbaceous peonies (Paeonia lactiflora), those beautiful perennials with the big, bodacious blossoms everybody adores, really aren‘t that hard…

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