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Shorter than normal flower stalks

Some of my daffodils had unusually short flower stalks this year. Now, I’m seeing oddly short flower stalks on some of my daylilies. Can you suggest any solutions for returning to normal stalk length for 2017?

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Home Fix: Fixing moisture issues with the crawlspace

Q: I have lived in this 75-year-old house for over 20 years. This year is the first time I have noticed condensation on the living room windows. This room has a crawl space while the rest of the house has an unfinished basement with heat and air to it. Seems the basement is much damper than usual this year as well, and I found some surface mildew on items down there.

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A Bainbridge Island home of quiet design embraces entertaining, birding and being

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. - Melanie and Shannon do dining out right. Seated at an exquisite marble-inlay table just steps from an enticing fireplace, they sip and sup to the picturesque goings-on of glistening Rich Passage. Submarines glide by en route to the naval shipyard. Bremerton ferries navigate the narrow, deceptively deep strait, to and fro. Dolphins frolic. Eagles perch. Remnants of an old Mosquito Fleet pier stagger from the water, resolutely refusing to yield to time or tide.

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Yardsmart: The care and keeping of cactuses

Early American pioneers always knew the north side of the tree produces moss. In the woods, this knowledge saved many lives. In drier climates of North America, it's the barrel cactus that is our most reliable orienteering plant for barren desert conditions. Here, each one will lean to the south to access the maximum amount of sunlight year-round. The lean is so reliable that Ferocactus cylindraceus, a common native is called "compass barrel."

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Yardsmart: This holiday season, put away the poinsettia and try these bright, tropical plants

Traditional Christmas decor isn't for everyone. There are alternatives to poinsettia and holly that may work much better with your style. Bromeliads are among the most brightly colored, exotic, tropical flowering houseplants. While many are small air plants or epiphytes, the highly decorative potted bromeliads originate in the depths of South American jungles. They are adapted to perch in the crotches of jungle trees and cover canyon walls.

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Handmade: Potter Anna Eaves of Raleigh's Arrow + Sage

VIDEO : Anna Eaves of Arrow + Sage shares her inspiration in working with clay.
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Handmade: Potter Anna Eaves of Raleigh's Arrow + Sage 1:50

Handmade: Potter Anna Eaves of Raleigh's Arrow + Sage

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Crowds flock to see big, stinky corpse flower at NCSU

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Liza Chabot of Buckwheat & Grits loves the craft of weaving

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She lives in a tree house, but county says it has to come down