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Garden Q&A: Bradford pears should now be considered an invasive trash tree

Please explain the “curse” of the Bradford pears. Isn’t that the original species of the white blooming trees everyone thinks are wonderful every spring? We should stop planting them anymore. From wonder tree to weed in 20 years must be some kind of record. Developed as a sterile hybrid, the …

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Garden Q&A: Try these native groundcovers that will keep the deer away

What native groundcovers can you recommend for shade? I’ve removed all the English ivy and need something before erosion starts. I like evergreen ones, and I also have deer problems. Many of the following are deer resistant, if not completely deer proof. Allegheny pachysandra, for example, is a four season …

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What’s in bloom at Baltimore-area gardens and conservatories right now?

Winter seemed that it would never end, but spring has made its presence known in Baltimore. Gardens around the area like the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, Cylburn Arboretum, and Ladew Topiary Gardens are seeing some plants and flowers already in bloom, with some that will peak as …

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Garden Q&A: The first star magnolia to bloom in spring

More and more I’ve noticed a small tree with fairly big white flowers that I’m guessing could be a replacement for Bradford pears. Do you know what it is? We think you’re seeing a star magnolia, the first magnolia to bloom in spring. Star magnolia blossoms are unusual, with narrow …

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Wayfair follows Amazon with its own made-up holiday: Way Day

Amazon started Prime Day. Alibaba capitalized on Singles Day. Now another e-commerce company is hoping for success with an invented shopping holiday. Online furniture seller Wayfair is calling April 25 Way Day and will offer discounts that it says are comparable to its Black Friday deals. Those kind of days …

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Purge, organize, post to Instagram: Pro tips to make your home orderly and attractive

If you’re a borderline hoarder with serious home organization issues in desperate need of some professional advice, follow The Home Edit on Instagram. If you’re a neat freak with a decluttering obsession and an eye for design, follow The Home Edit on Instagram. Either way, you won’t be disappointed. Clea …

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Garden Q&A: Mulch volcanoes are not what nature intended

I’ve been getting teased about making mulch volcanoes. They look good to me. What’s the big deal? Mulch volcanoes, with the mulch being the volcano and the tree being a vertical column of lava, are not what nature intended. Nature mulches with leaves or needles, when she mulches at all. …

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Go green: 10 fun houseplant ideas

Houseplants are having a moment. Not that they ever went out of style, per se, but thanks to millennials, home greenery is back with a vengeance. And we’re not talking about your grandma’s ferns. From whimsical air plants to vertical succulent walls, we’ve rounded up 10 houseplant ideas that will beautify your space and clean …

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Garden Q&A: Can lesser celandine be mulched away?

Can I mulch away lesser celandine? It’s throughout my neighbor’s lawn and now making its way into my beds. Their gardening service suggested this. Thick mulch may discourage celandine from emerging, but we find no research that shows this method is effective. Lesser celandine is a non-native invasive plant. It …

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Stylish office decor from Howard County stores

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun Cottage Antiques, Ellicott City This metal paperweight in the shape of a lion is from Denmark and was made in the 1950s. Cottage Antiques, Ellicott City This metal paperweight in the shape of a lion is from Denmark and was made in the 1950s. …

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