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Styling tips from Baltimore’s Instagram-famous plant guru

Some 300 plants star in the lush, green posts of Hilton Carter’s Instagram feed, which, with 160,000 followers, made him a social-media green interior design star, gained him residential plant styling clients and led to a book deal. The Baltimore native, whose plants are split between his “Jungle by the …

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This Japanese garden in Reisterstown has been a labor of love for 35 years

Step out David Boteach’s front door and a gentle world beckons — one filled with wondrous plants, waterfalls and whimsical bronze busts of fauna peeking over the leafy flora. Here sit two frogs shyly holding hands beside a lily pond; there stands a blue heron looking past a cinnamon-skinned paperbark …

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For Scary Mommy blog founder, a home makeover marks a new chapter

Sitting in the living room of her new Pikesville home, best selling author Jill Smokler glances out the floor-to-ceiling windows at her lush backyard — her personal oasis, complete with a patio, hammock and pool — the part of the home she fell in love with first. “I had just …

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How to handle oversized branches and attract pollinators

A branch of our white pine looks like it’s about to crack off. Since white pines have fairly soft wood, is this going to keep happening? This branch has two problems unrelated to the tree species. First, it is too large for this trunk. Branch diameter should not be more …

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How to Pest-Proof Your Kitchen Gallery

How to Pest-Proof Your Kitchen If you’ve ever gone to your pantry for a bag of sugar or a box of cereal only to find that the corner has been chewed open and its contents are spilling out everywhere, then you already know that your pantry can easily become a …

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HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines buy historic castle in Texas

Chip and Joanna Gaines’ latest home project is quite the fixer-upper. The Texas couple made famous by HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” home improvement show closed last week on the historic but rundown Cottonland Castle in Waco. A spokesman for the Gaines’ business, Magnolia, says the couple has long admired the castle and previously …

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What is this blooming winter flower?

Walking outside recently, I found this big shrub had flowers. It’s been blooming since New Year’s! I never realized these maple-syrup colored things were flowers until I got up close. What is this? The flowers are so odd. This is vernal witch hazel. Witch hazel petals are often described as …

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Lichen won’t harm the tree but could be sign of a bigger problem

It seems like the lichen on my tree exploded this year. It’s all over some branches, whereas it used to be only in random spots on the trunk. I’ve been told not to worry about your average gray-green lichen, but is there such a thing as too much lichen? It’s …

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