The Grapevine (Aug. 31)

08/31/2013 7:44 AM

08/31/2013 7:47 AM

Designer Q&A

Q: We will soon be moving my son from his nursery to his “big boy” room. I want it to be appropriate for a 2-year-old, but in a way that will last for a few years. Any ideas of how to make it not too babyish, while still being cute? He loves trucks and trains.

A: Elizabeth Mayhew, a “Today” show style expert and former magazine editor, answers: Keep it stylish and simple. Pick a color he can grow into. There is no reason that his room needs to look like a preschool classroom or a racetrack. If he loves trucks and cars (as my son did), then he will need a comfortable rug, as that is where my son did most of his playing. I would steer clear of going too crazy with a theme. He will soon be on to another obsession.

Lawn, tree questions

Do you have any questions about your lawn or trees? If so, let us know, and we may include them in stories in September in the Home & Garden section. Email acalovich@wichitaeagle.com or write Annie Calovich, The Wichita Eagle, 825 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202.

In bloom at Botanica

Hibiscuses of various stripes, including this Sugar Tip rose of Sharon (Hibiscus syriacus American Irene Scott), with its unusual, creamy-white variegation on the leaves, in the Water Well Garden.

Daylily sale this weekend

The Wichita Daylily Club will have a daylily plant sale from 1 to 4 p.m., or until sell-out, Sunday at Botanica. Admission to the sale is free. There will be many plants and lots of color to choose from.

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