PITTSBURGH - When William and Patricia Hittinger purchased their home, they were told by the sellers, "Try not to mess with the architecture of the home. It was done in an exquisite manner. It needs love and care to keep it up."
Until something unseats it, Amistad salvia is the most beautiful salvia to ever hit the market. Amistad is a Salvia guaranitica or anise sage and is a rich purple violet color fit for royalty. You can't fault a name like Amistad or Friendship salvia. This plant is special and deserving of something regal.
A couple of years ago at C2E2, during the second edition of the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, I bought a small terra cotta pot from an older man seated at a table. He never looked at me; he worked for the duration of our transaction, sculpting felted wool into small "Star Wars" figurines. His wife took the money and he nodded and continued churning and churning his wool into miniature cylindrical Chewbaccas and R2-D2s that he then placed into seedling pots, as though planting pop culture cactuses.
Grandmother planted marigolds in her vegetable garden because that's what her mother did. Maybe she heard they were good for pest control, but we know they have no effect on the majority of garden bugs. Maybe they were planted just because marigolds brightened the hard-working space with aromatic fragrance and bright orange or yellow annual flowers.
Q: Dear Ed: In past columns you have addressed new features with one-handle kitchen faucets, but I like the basic two-handle faucets. Since I'm about to replace my present kitchen sink and faucet, can you please address any new design features with two-handle kitchen faucets?
I cannot put a flower bouquet together to save my life. I've tried. Over and over again. Every time, the vase full of blooms looks like a Pinterest fail. But I love to use fresh flowers in my decorating. So through the years, I've learned a few tricks for pulling together pretty floral arrangements that are so foolproof, even I can't mess them up. Here are a few tips and tricks for creating pretty floral arrangements.
When it comes to creating the perfect decor for setting the mood in your bedroom, it doesn't have to be about spending lots of money, but creating a soothing and calming atmosphere that reflects your personality and creates the ideal oasis with some sensual pizzazz.
I've recently rediscovered floorcloths, a refreshing alternative for dressing up your flooring. Let's face it, there are just some places that aren't suitable for standard fiber-based rugs. Floorcloths are about as vintage as you can get for a good reason: They are durable, lie flat on the floor and can be used indoors as well as outdoors.
Dear Angie: How often do I need to replace my hard-wired smoke detectors? And who should I hire to do this? Our 15-year-old system has five detectors. A few are chirping, and it doesn't stop even when we replace the batteries.
Trends come and go in gardening. Remember when you couldn't run through a neighbor's flower bed without tripping over a gazing ball? But for decades now, container gardens have been a mainstay in the landscape. And with advances in technology, it's getting easier to keep your containers looking spiffy from spring through fall.
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