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03/30/2013 7:15 AM

03/30/2013 7:21 AM

Look for lush lilies

When shopping for an Easter lily, look for a plant that is well-proportioned and balanced, has flowers in various stages of ripeness, has foliage that is rich green and dense down to the soil line, and is not waterlogged or wilted.

Water the plant thoroughly when the soil surface is dry to a light touch. You can remove the yellow anthers before the pollen starts to shed to give longer life and avoid the staining of the flowers. Avoid putting a lily in direct sunlight, though indirect bright daylight is good.

And when it’s done blooming, remove the flowers and stalks and plant the lily in a spot that gets morning but not hot afternoon sun, making sure the root ball is 3 inches deep. Water, fertilize and look for flowers again next summer.

De-cluttering Q&A

Q: I’m trying to get my 8- and 11-year-old kids into good habits, but they resist at every turn. I was hoping that redecorating their rooms would get them to have more pride in their spaces, but they still don’t keep them clean. Help!

A: Professional organizer Penny Catterall answers: One of the most important things about teaching kids to be organized is to model good habits yourself. If you put things away when you are done with them, if you buy only things you need and love and have a place to put them, then they learn by example. It also helps to explain to them why organization is important: It’s not just for the sake of being organized but so they can find things more easily in the morning when they are rushing out to school or get their homework done faster in the evenings.

Washington Post

Daffodil show next week

The Wichita Daffodil Society Show will have a daffodil show April 6 at the Minisa Park Shelter Building, 704 W. 13th St. It is one of only four American Daffodil Society-sanctioned shows in the central region. The others are in St. Louis, Chicago and Minneapolis. The show will be free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 6.

Flower-show novices are welcome to get involved by entering the show as well, also for free. To enter a specimen daffodil, you must know the name of the cultivar. Bring a flower stem; all other materials will be provided. Entries will be taken from noon to 4 p.m. Friday. To enter a design, contact Margie at 316-682-3519.

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