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The second week of November is still a good time for gardening. This is the best time of the year to dig and divide peonies or to add new peonies to the garden. Tree peonies are often sold as bare roots at garden centers and nurseries in the fall and if you take the time to loosen the soil to a depth of at least 12 inches and work in several buckets of compost you’ll enjoy huge blooms this summer.
Grandma reaches for an afghan, which she likely painstakingly crocheted. Your husband might ask you to toss him a couple of blankets while he’s watching the game. And your mom suggests that a wrap will keep you warm in front of the TV.
Question: We have just installed oak hardwood flooring in our family room, and purchased the unfinished kind because we will be matching the color to some existing hardwood flooring. Although we brought it home and installed it immediately, it will not be stained and finished for another three weeks.
The first week of November is when you have to face the freeze and admit the party is over. It is time to cut back chrysanthemums and also cut dahlias, cannas and lilies to the ground.
Connecticut-based Michele Palmer, a self-described “fabric-aholic,” recently completed her second book on the fabric known as toile, a perennial favorite of designers and decorators. This time, Palmer offers an illustrated overview of American toile, which has undergone some fun and surprising developments in recent years.
Here’s a hot tip for fall: Take action now so that a furnace problem doesn’t leave you in the cold.
When we travel the world to see great gardens we learn to be flexible.
If you’re thinking of making your Halloween costume this year, you can stick with simple or go Hollywood pro. Neither has to take much time or money, and either can create a convincing costume, whether you’re looking to draw guffaws, shrieks or admiring nods.
The end of October is when frost finishes off the summer garden, but there is time to improve your landscape if you enjoy working outdoors with a nip in the air.
home q&a Dear Angie: How do you remove carpet padding that has adhered to a hardwood floor? — Rennie T., Staunton, Va.
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If you haven’t yet given your lawn the all-important fall feeding, then it is time to get on your garden clogs and get to work this weekend.
Leftover vegetables get a glorious second life in this elegant ricotta souffle. My friend Jose made lunch one day by combining cooked vegetables he had in the refrigerator with an egg and ricotta cheese. It was so delicious and easy I decided to create my own quick version.This one, which uses sauteed vegetables with ricotta cheese and bread crumbs, takes only 20 minutes.
In John and Karin Morris garden, you cant hear traffic, or even neighbors. Instead, you hear birds chattering in tall trees, frogs burping from the stream and if you listen hard, the echo of balls thwacking and laughter from long-gone tournaments on the pickleball court. For the retired couple and their family, their Tacoma garden represents peace and happy memories exactly like the tranquil, flowing English gardens it so resembles.
Fall is for planting and for autumn decorating. If all you have for an outdoor space is a doorway, you still can celebrate the change of seasons.
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