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Annual challenge

New crop of hybrid plants spring up among old favorites

Subscriber onlyWho isn’t anxious to get new color into the garden after the abysmal winter we had? But visiting garden centers can be stressful because there are so many great plants out there — and only so much space to fill at home. Continue reading...

In the garden

Subscriber onlyQ We have two sago palms, and I am afraid the harsh winter here in Magnolia has gotten the best of them. Can the palms be cut back to salvage them? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Continue reading...

Ask the expert

Subscriber onlyI want to get the longest life possible from my washing machine, which is heavily used by my large family. What kind of tips or advice can you offer to help keep it up and running smoothly? Continue reading...

Personal space

Subscriber onlyKelly Browe Olson Where I live: I live in Westover Heights, which is near Cammack Village in Little Rock, with my daughter, Katharine, and our dog, Wrigley. Continue reading...

Tools & toys

Subscriber onlyBriggs & Stratton lawn mower tune-up kits What’s to love: Tuning up your lawn mower engine helps extend its life and can reduce engine emissions. Continue reading...

Seasonal slime alarms Badger State transplants

Subscriber onlyDear Otus, My husband and I retired to the Village last November, so this is our first spring here. We had such a cold winter that it reminded us of back home in Wisconsin. But during the recent warmer weather, our entire house was covered with a quarter inch of sticky greenish-yellow goo. Continue reading...

CLICK & CLACK’S CAR TALK

Subscriber onlyDEAR TOM AND RAY: What would make a transmission line blow out? — Tamerlyn TOM: Sorry, Tamerlyn. I take it you’ve had a catastrophic event in your life recently. Continue reading...

Take time to properly clean, store winter gear

Subscriber onlyThe long winter is over, and it’s finally time to put away the sweaters, down jackets, wool mittens and flannel sheets. Although it’s tempting to toss everything into a bin and deal with it in nine months, try to resist the quick fix and take some time to put the gear away properly. Continue reading...

Flea market finds can elevate a home’s charm

Subscriber onlyThe arrival of spring means that flea markets are reopening for business around the country. Shoppers will hunt for treasures amid acres of used goods. Continue reading...

HOROSCOPES BY HOLIDAY

Subscriber onlyHappy birthday. You’ll compare yourself with others only to the extent that it helps you maintain a competitive edge. You’ll strike an admirable balance between love and work. Continue reading...

HELPFUL HINTS

DEAR HELOISE: In the past year, I have remodeled my kitchen and both bathrooms. My house is about 40 years old. Much to my surprise, all the hot- and cold-water shut-off valves, including both toilets, were so tight that I had to use channel locks to break them loose in order to shut them off. Continue reading...

ON CHRISTIANITY

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Was Jesus really dead when they took Him down from the cross? I have a hard time believing that, because everyone knows that dead people just don’t come back to life — which is what you Christians claim Jesus did, don’t you? — C.T. Continue reading...

Super Quiz: Plays

Subscriber only1. Arms and the ———; G.B.S. 2. Barefoot in the ———; N.S. 3. Blithe ———; N.C. 4. Cat on a Hot Tin ———; T.W. Continue reading...

HomeStyle: Top 10 annual plants for quick summer color

Who isn’t anxious to get new color into the garden after the abysmal winter we had, asks Janet Carson in HomeStyle. Continue reading...

Workout in the garden

Squatting, digging, planting can rake in fitness benefits

Subscriber onlyGardens, as Rudyard Kipling said, “are not made by singing, ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.” All those neat rows of flowers and vegetables require, well — gardening, and gardening is work. But does gardening count as exercise ? Continue reading...

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