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The bladderpod shrub I can see from my window has had abundant yellow flowers nearly year-round. Other California native plants from chaparral and desert areas can also have a long bloom time. What sets these particular plants apart is that they grow in full sun, need excellent drainage and …

Q: What do you suggest to someone who wants to embrace a different style for the interior of their home, but they don’t know where to start to achieve the change?

I recently spent a couple of hours pulling up 2-foot-long rhizomes of Carex praegracilis (clustered field sedge) at a public garden. It had been planted a decade ago as a border or accent plant. 

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My love language is giving gifts, but when does it change from being a wonderful way to express love or friendship to one that is a burden to the recipient? How many of us are holding on to gifts we appreciate but that don’t fit into our lives right now? Are we keeping them out of guilt or o…

As the school year progresses, it can bring about some questions for parents: What do I do with the mountain of art projects sent home every week? How do I organize all of the schoolwork? Should I even organize or keep any of this? What are my options regarding textbooks and workbooks?

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Halloween is a holiday dear to many hearts, inspiring a sense of wonder and warmth from memories made as children dressing up in fantastical costumes, trading candy, watching nightmare-inducing movies and making crafts and treats. Like Christmas, Halloween has an entire season of lead-up whe…

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Most gardens get too much water during the summer and not enough during the winter. In fact, paying attention to rainfall during the cool season can help your drought-tolerant native plants thrive next summer.

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Grandma’s cookbooks. Your dad’s tools. Love letters from high school. What do they all have in common? They are considered priceless treasures with memories that almost beg to be kept forever, but should they? Is it possible to honor the gift or the inheritance while not creating overwhelmin…

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Homes are intensely personal spaces that expose our most intimate facets – color schemes can show our temperaments, decor reveals our taste, organization methods unveil our varying neuroses, our junk drawers display the parts of ourselves we would rather keep hidden.