Gardener’s almanac (Jan. 4)
Gardener’s almanac (Jan. 4)
I’m mad about plaid. This timeless but trendy pattern plays a big role in my home decor every winter, because it’s warm and welcoming and creatively classic without being stuffy. It fits into a winter day like a hot cup of tea, a warm fire and a dog at your feet.
When it comes time to take down the Christmas decorations, here are some tips for organizing and storing.
Recently I went shopping for candles and ended up spending nearly $900. I know what you’re thinking: Outrageous, right? I thought the same thing.
Not even the recycling man wants wrapping paper once it has been ripped off a Christmas present.
My mother is one of those really rad people who went back to college after raising her kids. Because she was studying architecture and design, she opted into some very interesting green living and building classes. In one of them, she learned about how badly polluted the air inside our house can be – even worse than outside.
When people visit the Puritty family in east Wichita during the holiday season, they are intrigued to see a collection of black Santas and Nativities all over the house – arrayed on mantels, tables, Christmas trees and shelves, upstairs and downstairs.
“Any one thinking of the Holy Child as born in December would mean by it exactly what we mean by it; that Christ is not merely a summer sun of the prosperous but a winter fire for the unfortunate.”
Longtime household staples – the 60-watt incandescent bulb, along with the 40-watt – are being phased out, and will soon be as obsolete as the rotary-dial telephone.
Christmas-tree recycling locations in Sedgwick County are now open through Jan. 13. Here are the sites, where you can also pick up free mulch made from the chipped trees. Remove all decorations before recycling trees.
Poinsettia care — Poinsettias can look great for a long time if given the proper care, Ward Upham of K-State says. Here are his tips:
Membership has its privileges and its exclusivity, but when your country club is overflowing with the glories of Christmas, you want to share the news with everyone.
I had cause to work with some artificial evergreen garland while decorating for Christmas, and it made me feel ill.
Which should you hire: handyman or general contractor?
Dormant grass seeding — Some people didn’t get their lawn overseeded this fall. It happens. But how cool is it that you can actually put down fescue seed from now until February to help fill in bare spots?
When it comes to shopping for Christmas presents, the push for supporting local independent businesses and Kansas-made products continues. We asked readers to chime in with their favorite gifts and gift sources for inspiration. And we heard from some people who make products themselves.
Amaryllis is growing in popularity for Christmas decorating and gift-giving.
Poinsettias can look great for a long time if given the proper care, Ward Upham of K-State says. Here are his tips:
Christmas tree shopping and care — If you plan to buy a cut Christmas tree at a garden center or a tree lot, there’s no need to wait, even if you don’t want to put it up yet.
“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” the song goes, and when I think of Christmas tree farms and Christmas tree lots – as with so many good things – it seems as if we’re watching the lyric in action.