Select the right blooms, provide water and avoid pesticides to help happy pollinators.

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Neutral colors and geometric patterns are the backdrop for a soothing masculine retreat.

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Select the right blooms, provide water and avoid pesticides to help happy pollinators.

Designer Lee Broom was vacationing at a friend’s house in the Cotswolds, an idyllic bit of rural England.

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What if you had a prep cook in your kitchen? A sous chef who made sure that all of the slicing and dicing and mincing and zesting was done for you, so that when it came time to make dinner, all you had to do was wash your hands and start cooking?

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The great attraction in growing perennial flowers is that you never have to replant them, at least in theory. This doesn’t make all perennials care-free, though. Few of them let you just sit back to enjoy them year after year once they’re planted.

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Stock-tank pools can be affordable and aesthetically pleasing summertime oases.

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Try boosting your homemade cleaner or use a more powerful product with caution.

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In Brookland, the Franciscan Monastery’s latest coup: a resurrected greenhouse.

A good thermometer is readable with “pertinent information, but not too much information.”

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What hot in home appliances these days? That’s a steamy story, say industry watchers.

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You’ve shared a home for a lifetime and felt secure knowing that child of yours was just a bedroom away. Now, you’re shipping your teenager off to begin a new chapter in an unfamiliar place, possibly hundreds of miles away — all without you.

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To some casual observers, ladybugs (or lady beetles) are colorful symbols of good luck — harbingers of fortune and fame. Gardeners value them for their utility as ravenous insects that prey upon plant pests. They buy them by the hundreds online or from garden centers, and then free them to hunt.

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Enjoy the water, but install a fence and keep rescue equipment nearby.

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Drawing inspiration from high-end boutique displays, here are tips for making the most of your footwear collection.

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Zucchini are marquee items at your grocery stores right about now, but zucchini blossoms, which are generally not for sale at a standard grocery, are a different story. So this recipe for Stuffed Fried Zucchini Blossoms is aimed at home gardeners, who know two things for sure: First, like caterpillars to a butterfly, zucchini blossoms are the earlier life form of the zucchini squash. Second, they’re delicious.

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