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A painted textural effect adds depth to the gray on the wall in this urban space.








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with warmer-colored furnishings. Too cool of a gray in extreme sunlight can sometimes look chalky, Wadden warns. “My best advice is to select your three favorite grays, paint a poster board with each one, and look at them in your home over a weekend, tallying up which one you like best at various times of the day and night. If you plunge in before doing that, you may regret it,” says Dunning. While undertones are hard to spot in a paint chip, they become more obvious on a larger surface like a poster board placed prominently in the room you are planning to paint, Magno adds. Some of Benjamin Moore’s more popular grays are Gray Owl, Balboa Mist, Coventry Gray, Stonington Gray, Revere Pewter and Thunder, she says. Revere Pewter has a gray cast “but it’s warm and very livable,” she says. “For cabinetry, it’s Kendall Charcoal.” What about trims? Although grays are generally used with lighter grays, whites and off-whites, the latest trend is toward trim in the same or even a darker shade of gray. Source: Associated Press

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arm and bright – these are the hues trending for autumn’s home interiors.

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Barnes Retro Shell Back Occasional Chair in mustard yellow from Artisanti features an over-sized seat, scalloped shell back and dark brown legs. It is rather diminutive for a vintage look.

up through the season, you’ll find plenty of options for furnishings and accessories.

The smooth, shiny flagon-shaped base of this ‘Luma’ olive green table lamp is so eye-catching that it can’t fail to turn heads. It has a natural linen shade and decorative silver nickel ball finial, Artisanti.

A cashmere blend throw in a warm russet orange from Eagle Products Textil GmbH.

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WILD SIDE Fashion is taking a walk

on the wide side this fall and winter with animal prints – as new neutrals, and in a big way. That resurgence of interest can be seen in home interiors. Whether it’s as subtle as stair runners, a pillow or chair upholstery, or as bold as a room-sized rug or wallcovering, you’ll be seeing spots and stripes, along with more unusual animal prints such as antelope and tortoise. These exotic prints may fade in and out of fashion, but never far and never for


Zebra print and stripes work well in this transitional kitchen featuring Omega’s Clio door style in a black opaque finish and Cambria’s Ella quartz countertops.

very long. That’s because, first, they’re striking, and second, animal prints can work in practically any decor from traditional to eclectic to mid-century and modern. And don’t overlook animal themed accessories from dogs to monkeys and more.

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The Appenzell ottoman from Oficina Inglesa features hand-carved flower motifs, fluted Louis XVI legs and antique brass casters, upholstered in a peacock print. Shown in oak.

This charming dog and leopard print velvet pillow is from Audenza. Jungle Monkey Drum Pendant Light is from Audenza.

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That’s what these homeowners had to do when they purchased an older home in an historic neighborhood. The previous owner had gutted the original kitchen but never got around to installing a new one, the owner says. “They moved in without a kitchen and made it work,” says Rachel Cheeney, their real estate agent. “They appreciated the history of the home and the neighborhood.” The silver lining was an opportunity to position the kitchen where the dining room had been, taking advantage of charming built-ins in the 1908 home. There was space for a practical island and a pantry, as well. “That’s the thing about a fixer-upper, is you can do whatever you need to do to make it fit your lifestyle,” says the owner. She worked with Jeff Wolff Construction. A new bathroom and laundry zone are housed in what was the original kitchen. The bathroom was a tight squeeze, she says, but “it was necessary with four people in the house.” The upstairs bathroom was renovated, as well. Central air was installed throughout the house. The home’s exterior has been

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repainted a soft gray, and weather-beaten, worn screens were removed to open up the front porch. There is still a lengthy to-do list. Next up: the garage.

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t‌’s the tale of two styles for this couple. He’s a bit Southwestern; she loves décor and art with an Asian influence. But they love ballroom dancing, traveling, music and martinis. One more thing the couple agreed on was the need for a new living room sofa. Their old sofa was too floral and “dated, rather small and uncomfortable,” she says. “It didn’t work for us anymore,” he adds. While shopping for a sofa, they consulted interior designer Rhonda Staley, IIDA. That was the start of a collaboration that led to rearranging and redecorating multiple areas in their home, including a kitchen renovation, in the home they had built in 2002. “It was ‘one thing leads to another,’ because when we’d do something in one part of the house, we’d think about something else we wanted to do or update,” she explains. The living room sofa is from Hickory

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Chair in soft, neutral upholstery. Side tables and Bergere chairs in a deep blue fabric and the ottoman are from Guy Chaddock. On one wall is a Durango stone fireplace, and opposite is a wall dominated by a large watercolor painting of pansies. Staley took the painting out of the dining room. “And something as simple as changing the artwork changed the character of the living room,” Staley says. The homeowner is an avid photographer, and together the couple collects art, so Staley encouraged them to choose pieces to create an art collection for the dining room wall. “Again, it brought new dimension to the room, and it’s personal for the homeowners,” Staley notes. Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City framed the collection. A new wool sisal area rug from Fibreworks was placed beneath the Guy Chaddock table and chairs. His office furniture was handcrafted in Santa Fe, N.M., and a large painting of Geronimo by Tomas Lasansky hangs in the hallway directly across from his office. “I like looking at it,” he says. In response, she placed Asian art at the end of the hallway that she sees each time she heads into the bedroom.

Other architectural and artistic elements include a custom-made fused glass art window that extends for two stories, an Anamosa limestone sink in the powder room and beamed ceilings. The covered patio is tile, including the fireplace that sits up high so the owners can prop their feet in front of the fire from their tall outdoor bar stools. In the family room, another uncomfortable sofa was replaced with a cozier Century sofa and a pair of comfortable chairs for him. Fireside chairs from Lexington Furniture can be swiveled to face the Rainforest marble fireplace with its solid cherry mantel, or the sofa. A live-edge solid mango wood cocktail table from Hekman is a conversation piece, while underfoot is a wool sisal and

leather area rug from Fibreworks. In the breakfast nook, the Guy Chaddock table is flanked by four Serena and Lily woven chairs. The French settee is a family heirloom, while the new chandelier is from Surya. Staley made a broad pillow from leftover fabric used in creating the kitchen’s new cornice. Perhaps the biggest changes took place in the kitchen. Chickens roosting on the backsplash, curtains and valance — not to mention accessories — were given the boot. “They didn’t fit anymore, and I was ready to let go,” the owner says, smiling The cornice replaced the window curtains and serves to conceal automated blinds. Glass tiles replaced the backsplash to complement the Rainforest marble countertops.

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e‌ ’re in love with open-concept floor plans — and with good reason. A floor plan like this 4,649 squarefoot custom-built home by Schuerman Builders allows rooms to flow effortless into each other to maximize space. It also creates flexibility for everyday living, as well as relaxation and entertaining. In other words, it’s a contemporary classic. In the great room, the coffered ceiling creates a sense of timeless style and defines the sitting area beneath it. A neutral, distressed-texture area rug grounds the round coffee table, sofa and other furnishings. On either side of the linear fireplace and media wall are niches for artwork and display and

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lower cabinets for storage. The contemporary style and color scheme — quiet grays on the walls and grayed dark brown on the floors for warmth — provides continuity throughout the home. Schuerman’s use of architectural details and high-quality craftsmanship builds on the theme, including installing 7-foot tall interior doors, thick baseboards and a distinctive metal cable-andiron staircase that leads downstairs. Glass transoms above windows and interior doors “lend themselves to the open feel people like, but still have the privacy needed for these locations,” says Rob Schuerman. A trio of metal-clad pendants dangle above the slab of walnut butcher block topping the broad kitchen island. An apron-front sink is centered on the island. Custom Plato cabinetry stops short of the ceiling, except the center cabinet concealing the stove vent. Quartz countertops and subway tile backsplash are practical, easycare touches for a busy family. A modern pendant ring creates drama above the round table in the dining room.

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In the master bath, a large soaker tub, dual vanities with backlit LED mirrors — ideal for applying makeup — and a roomy enclosed shower create a spa-like retreat. A passthrough door to the laundry room from the master closet adds convenience. Throughout the home, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the outside in, while the outdoor kitchen, deck and landscaped lower patio and fire pit beckon family and friends to venture outdoors. And for anyone up for a pick-up game of basketball, there’s always the sports court.

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1 tablespoon cornstarch

2 each green pepper 4 cups onion 1/3 kosher salt 1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon celery seeds ½ teaspoon black pepper 2 ½ cups vinegar 4 ½ cups sugar

1 teaspoon nutmeg

Peel and seed zucchini. Using the coarse side of a cheese grater or food processor with grate attachment, coarsely grate vegetables into a bowl. Add salt and mix well. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to make the relish, drain and rinse with cold water. In a medium saucepan, mix together turmeric, nutmeg, cornstarch, celery seeds, black pepper, vinegar and sugar. Add zucchini mixture. Bring to a boil and simmer 20 to 30 minutes. Ladle relish into hot, sterilized half-pint canning jars, leaving about ½ inch headspace. Let cool and refrigerate.

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STUFFED CHICKEN WITH SPINACH AND SUN-DRIED TOMATOES 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, about 4 to 6 ounces each 1 bag ( 12-14 ounces ) fresh spinach, wilted 4 ounces sun-dried tomato, julienned 4 ounces Havarti cheese, sliced 1 clove garlic, minced Salt & pepper, to taste To prepare the spinach: Wash thoroughly; then choose a method for wilting: 1. Coat a nonstick skillet with a light coating of cooking spray. Add the spinach in halves and cook over medium-high heat for 1 ½ to 2 minutes until all spinach is wilted. Remove from heat. 38 | c v-h

2. Bring a pot of salted water to boil. Place spinach in steamer and place steamer into hot water for 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Remove and place in colander to cool. 3. Place spinach and water in microwaveable bowl. Cover tightly. Microwave until spinach wilts in 30-second intervals. For the chicken: Preheat oven to 375 F. On a piece of plastic wrap, lay out chicken breasts flat. Sprinkle each chicken breast with garlic, salt and pepper. Evenly distribute wilted spinach on top of each chicken breast. Then spoon sun-dried

tomatoes on top of spinach on each breast. Then roll up each chicken breast and secure with toothpicks. Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray and place breasts on the sheet. Roast in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until the internal temperature is 165 F. Remove the chicken from the oven. Place a slice of Havarti cheese on top of each chicken breast; cover the sheet pan with aluminum foil. Let stand for 5 minutes Remove from the oven and place sliced cheese on each chicken breast and cover with aluminum foil. Let stand for 5 minutes and serve with mushroom cream sauce. Serves 4.

RHUBARB PIE‌ 4 cups rhubarb, diced 1 ⅓ cups sugar 6 tablespoons flour 1 tablespoon butter 2 9-inch deep-dish pie crusts Place bottom crust in pie pan. Combine sugar and flour and sprinkle ¼ cup over bottom pie crust. Toss remaining sugar/flour mixture with rhubarb. Mound onto pie crust and top with pieces of butter. Top with second pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes at 450 F; reduce oven temperature to 350 F and bake an additional 40 minutes. Let cool slightly and serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

POMEGRANATE MOLASSES‌ 4 cups pomegranate juice ½ cup sugar 2 tablespoons lemon juice In a saucepan, stir together pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon juice. Stir and let reduce until thickened.

MUSHROOM CREAM SAUCE‌ 1 tablespoon butter 1 shallot, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups sliced mixed mushrooms such as shiitake, oyster and cremini ½ cup white wine ½ cup cream 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional) In skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook shallot until softened, about 2 minutes. Add garlic; cook for one minute. Add mushrooms, cook over medium-high heat until softened and no liquid remains, about 5 minutes. Add wine, reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes. Add cream, salt and pepper; simmer until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Stir in parsley. Source: Epicurious

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RUSTIC PEACH CAKE‌ 2 1/2 pounds peaches, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges 5 tablespoons peach schnapps, divided 4 teaspoons lemon juice, divided 1/3 cup plus 6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup light brown sugar 2 large eggs 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled 1/4 cup sour cream 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/4 teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, divided 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs, finely crushed Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 425 F. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with vegetable oil spray. Gently toss 24 peach wedges with 2 tablespoons schnapps, 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar in bowl; set aside. Cut remaining peach wedges crosswise into thirds. Gently toss chunks with remaining 3 tablespoons schnapps, remaining 2 teaspoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar in bowl. Spread peach chunks in single layer on prepared sheet and bake until exuded juices begin to thicken and caramelize at edges of sheet, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer sheet to wire rack and let peaches cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 F.

Spray 9-inch springform pan with vegetable oil spray. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together in bowl. Whisk brown sugar, 1/3 cup granulated sugar and eggs together in second bowl until thick and homogeneous, about 45 seconds. Slowly whisk in butter until combined. Add sour cream, vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract; whisk until combined. Add flour mixture and whisk until just combined. Transfer half of batter to prepared pan; using offset spatula, spread batter evenly to pan edges and smooth surface. Sprinkle crushed bread crumbs evenly over cooled peach chunks and gently toss to coat. Arrange peach chunks on batter in even layer, gently pressing peaches into batter. Gently spread remaining batter over peach chunks and smooth top. Arrange reserved peach wedges, slightly overlapped, in ring over surface of cake, placing smaller wedges in center. Stir together remaining 3 tablespoons granulated sugar and remaining 1/8 teaspoon almond extract in small bowl until sugar is moistened. Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over top of cake. Bake until center of cake is set and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer pan to wire rack; cool 5 minutes. Run paring knife around sides of cake to loosen. Remove cake from pan and let cool completely, 2 to 3 hours. Cut into wedges and serve. Chef’s notes: To crush the panko bread crumbs, place them in a zipper-lock bag and smash them with a rolling pin. If using peak-ofseason, farm-fresh peaches, omit the peach schnapps.

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Burgundy? Taste these lesser-known French wines

You love Burgundy but oh, those prices. You can’t drink Champagne all the time, and

Bordeaux is just not what you’re craving. There’s plenty of other French wine you shouldn’t miss out on. The cabernet-franc-based reds, with pure fruit and savory flavors, have long been the pour in Parisian bistros, and top whites made from chenin blanc are serious alternatives to Burgundy. legendary estate that makes several cabernet franc cuvées. This one is subtle, spicy, silky, and utterly elegant. Exciting changes are happening in the south of France, where this small region hugs the border with Spain. 2014 DOMAINE GAUBY VIEILLES VIGNES BLAN


The reds and whites from this estate are found on cutting-edge New York wine lists and are also a French favorite of Napa winemakers. The entry-level chenin blanc has dazzling purity and lightness, with savory and mineral flavors and a deep, mouthwatering character. 2012 CLOS ROUGEARD SAUMUR-CHAMPIGNY

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Gérard Gauby was the pioneer who restored decades-old vines on his family property and planted trees to shelter them from the hot afternoon sun and powerful winds. This brilliant rich white, with honeysuckle aromas and citrusy flavors, is made from macabeo, grenache blanc, and grenache gris. (The estate makes great reds, too.) For great syrah, people turn to the northern Rhône Valley’s fashionable appellations CôteRôtie, Hermitage, and Cornas. These wildly expensive wines need decades of aging before they’re ready to drink, though.


This producer in Crozes-Hermitage expanded into Saint-Joseph and makes a red there that’s delicious right on release. It has rich, smoky, black olive, and licorice aromas, with juicy dark fruit and peppery flavors. 2015 DOMAINE FAURY SAINTJOSEPH BLANC

This luscious, succulent white blend made from marsanne and roussanne grapes is from a top vintage in the Rhône. It has wonderfully layered aromas of smoke and white flowers, with exuberant ripe peach and spice flavors. This region in Provence, nestled around the fishing village of the same name east of Marseille, is a magnet for rosé lovers. But Bandol’s less wellknown reds, which are

powerful and sophisticated, are the real treat. 2013 CHÂTEAU DE PIBARNON BANDOL

The château has one of Bandol’s most beautiful vineyards, in an amphitheater of rustic stone terraces overlooking the Mediterranean. This bold red has tons of depth and spice, with wonderful flavors of leather, earth, and herbs such as thyme and rosemary.


The Portalis family has owned this estate since before the French Revolution. This lush, round red from old vines of mourvèdre has subtle, wild complexity with notes of licorice, leather, olives, flowers and tobacco. Source: Elin McCoy/Bloomberg News


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‌We identify certain wines with particular regions, known for producing classics. Classics can be expensive, so savvy wine lovers look for less-famous regions for delicious examples at relative bargain prices. Take sauvignon blanc. It calls the Loire Valley home, and Sancerre, the top appellation, can command $30 or more for its top wines, with Pouilly-Fume close behind. But outstanding sauvignon blanc is produced from other areas of the Loire, most of them labeled as Touraine or Vin de France and costing much less. This region is also known as the “garden of France,” and is a tourist favorite for its ornate chateaus. The New World makes some great sauvignon blanc, too, of course. California’s tend toward the opulent, and New Zealand has crafted its own racy style. Chile produces some great bargains, especially in cooler regions such as the Casablanca Valley. Veramonte is a perennial favorite and widely available. If chardonnay is more your style, and you don’t want to invest in the classic wines of Meursault or Montrachet in Burgundy, look first to Macon-Villages, an appellation in southern Burgundy that offers French style without the pedigree or the price. But chardonnay, as the world’s most popular white wine, is made everywhere. Some regions we don’t associate with chardonnay actually produce world-class examples. Ar-

gentina’s Mendoza is known for malbec, but its high-altitude vineyards also render some delicious chard. Look for any bottling from Catena, Salentein or Zuccardi, especially. If you love Riesling, you’re in luck: Germany makes some delicious cheap ones as well as the world’s best. I also enjoy Riesling from Washington’s Columbia Valley (Poet’s Leap), Oregon’s Willamette Valley (Brooks), New Zealand’s Marlborough (Spy Valley) and Australia (Frankland Estate). But if you’re a red wine lover, and Napa Valley cabernet is too pricey, look to Alexander Valley or Sonoma Valley in Sonoma County. OK, that doesn’t save you much money. Try Paso Robles, where Eberle makes cabernets in the $20 to $40 range. Still too dear? Look further south — way south— to Chile and Argentina, where good bargain cabernet is plentiful. For pinot noir, look to wines from Bio Bio in Chile and Patagonia in Argentina. If all this seems like a whirlwind tour, here’s some simple advice to keep you grounded. Ask your local retailer to recommend a wine that provides exceptional value for the price. Tell her about a wine you liked, preferably with more detail than, “It was red, and there was an animal on the label.” Be willing to stretch your comfort zone. On your next visit, explain what you liked or did not like about that wine, and ask for a different recommendation. Before you realize it, you will have a delicious rapport with your retailer.

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ENTERTAINING BRAISED BRISKET STREET TACOS‌ 1 beef brisket flat half (3 to 3-1/2 pounds) 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 large onion, sliced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer 1-1/4 cup tomatillo salsa, divided 16 to 20 small corn tortillas (about 6-inch diameter), warmed Toppings: Chopped fresh tomatoes, chopped onion, chopped fresh cilantro or prepared pico de gallo (optional) Heat oil in stockpot over medium heat until hot. Place beef Brisket in stockpot; brown evenly. Remove Brisket; season with salt and black pepper. Add onion and garlic to stockpot; cook and stir 4 to 5 minutes or until onion is crisp-tender. Return Brisket, fat-side up, to stockpot. Add beer and 1 cup salsa; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover tightly and simmer 2-1/2 to 3 hours or until Brisket is fork-tender. Remove brisket; keep warm. Skim fat from cooking liquid; bring to a boil. Cook 18 to 20 minutes or until reduced by half. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup salsa. Meanwhile, trim fat from brisket. Carve diagonally across the grain into thin slices. Return beef to cooking liquid and heat through. Serve beef in tortillas. Garnish with toppings, as desired. Serves 10. Source: Beef It’s What’s For Dinner

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GRILLED MEXICAN STREET CORN ‌‌ 6 ears sweet corn, husks and silk removed 1/4 cup butter 1/2 cup crumbled Cotija cheese 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1 tablespoon lime juice 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated lime zest 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika Lime slices, if desired Spread each cob of corn with about 2 teaspoons butter.

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Wash and dry apples. Place in fridge for several hours or overnight to chill. Slice apples into thick rounds. Insert stick or skewer in stem side for dipping. Melt caramels with 2 tablespoons milk or water in saucepan over low heat, stirring to completely melt. Or microwave caramels and milk in microwave-safe bowl on HIGH 2 to 2 1/2 minutes or until caramels are completely melted and mixture is well blended when stirred. Next, melt white chocolate and milk chocolate in bowls for dipping Set out toppings in bowls. Dip each apple round halfway into caramel, one at a time, turning to coat. Let excess caramel drip back into bowl. Let stand a minute or two, then dip in white or milk chocolate; let excess drip back into bowl. Then roll in toppings of choice. We used drinking glasses to keep the apples upright in the fridge to firm. You might have a better way to do this. ‌

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The shiny scarlet flowers of Tulipa linfolia open wide, nearly flat, in the sun, creating a starburst of reddest-red centered on a jet black heart. Details: eight-inches tall, blooms late spring, USDA zones 3-7. COLORBLENDS.COM



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ulips may be as Dutch as windmills, but the flower is not actually native to Holland. Most tulips originated in the rugged mountains and steppes of Central Asia, the Mideast and China. Designed by nature to endure poor soil, hot dry summers and frigid winters, wild or species tulips are a special

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combination of toughness and charm. In the home garden, these shorter, tougher tulips introduce a wildflower look to sunny spots where other plants might not thrive, including rocky areas, along sidewalks and drives, at woodland edges and even in gravel – as long as the site has good drainage. Here are some wild or near-wild

tulips from Holland to plant this fall suggested by Christian Curless, horticulturist at Colorblends, a Connecticut-based flower bulb wholesaler that sells direct to landscape professionals and home gardeners across the country.

CUT TINGS A stellar perennializer when planted in full sun in welldrained soil, Tuilipa tarda is a multi-flowering tulip with bright yellow star-shaped flowers, edged in white. Details: five-inches tall, blooms mid-spring, USDA Zones 3-7, native to the Tien Shan Mountains bordering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and China.

Planting time Fall is bulb time, and the question is a familiar one: “When should I plant my bulbs?” Tulips, daffodils and other spring-blooming flower bulbs need cool soil temperatures to root, so the simple answer is when the soil is 55 F. It’s better to plant too late than too early. As long as you can work the soil, you can plant bulbs. Once the temperature is optimum, you have a six- to eight-week window to get bulbs in the ground before it freezes hard.


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Tulip tips Tulips need sun. Sun feeds the foliage, which feeds the bulb, which makes the flower, which makes us happy. However, if we have a year when spring goes from frost to the fiery gates in one fell swoop, tulips may turn yellow and curl up their toes. No food is stored. So when spring rolls around again, foliage may come up like crazy, but no flower. Experts call it a “blind” bulb.



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Tulips can look messy after they bloom and begin dying back. Deadhead the flower so energy goes into feeding the bulb. But live with the foliage. If you cut it off, you’re starving the bulb. Bundling or braiding or tying it up in a knot is just as bad — no matter how soft the strip of old pantyhose is — because leaves soak up the sun, converting it to food. Let other plants grow up and hide the foliage.

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Tulipa praestans ‘Shogun’ is a multi-flowering tulip with red-flecked pumpkin-colored flowers that open wide in the sun to display blueblack stamens at the heart. Details: 12-inches tall, blooms early midspring, USDA Zones 3-7, the species is native to the Gissar Mountains of Tajikistan.

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The flower petals of Tulipa clusiana ‘Tubergen’s Gem’ are pure yellow, stroked with crimson on the outside. When warmed by the sun, the flowers open wide in bright golden star-shapes. Details: six-inches tall, blooms midspring, USDA Zones 3-7, native to Afghanistan and Tibet.

The lilac-pink flowers with deep yellow centers of Tulipa bakeri ‘Lilac Wonder’ bob daintily in soft spring breezes, and weather hard rains and wind with equal aplomb. Details: 8-inches tall, blooms mid-spring, USDA Zones 3-7, native to Crete. COLORBLENDS.COM‌

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Division 13: Fosteriana. Also known as Emperor tulips. Big flowers are 4-5” tall and open wide on sunny days. Early spring. 18 inches tall.

Tulips are naturally inclined toward diversity, and there are more than 150 species with more Division 14: Greigii. Decorative foliage adds to than 3,000 varieties classified into division by the appeal of these flowers. Some cultivars type. have two to four flowers per stem. 12 inches tall. Division 1: Single Early. Medium size blossoms with a classic tulip shape. Short, sturdy stems. Division 15: Species. Wild or wild-like cultivars 10-14 inches tall. Often fragrant. with relatively small flowers on slender stems. Division 2: Double Early. Extra petals give these Good naturalizers. 4-10 inches tall. flowers a full look. Shorter than most other Division 16: Multiflowering. Sometimes called tulips, about 12 inches tall. “bouquet” tulips. Three to five flowers per Division 3: Triumph. This class offers the widest stem extends bloom time and impact. 14-20 range of tulip colors. Triumphs are midseason inches tall. bloomers and stand 15 to 20 inches tall.

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Dogwoods make winter interesting ‌If you want color in your winter landscape, it’s not too late to plant it. One perfect choice could be dogwood. The shrubs drop their foliage each fall to reveal red, orange, coral gold or yellow stems, depending on the variety. Many varieties can get quite tall — up to 10 feet — but several newer varieties are ideal for smaller gardens. “Arctic Sun” (Cornus sanguinea). This variety tops out at about 4 feet and looks great massed in groups of three’s or five’s, if you’ve got the room. Stems are yellow at the base, turning orange and traveling up to a coral red tip. Deer resistant and shade tolerant, this shrub is easy to grow and produces white flowers in spring. “Arctic Fire” (C. stolonifera). Another compact shrub, this red twig dogwood grows well in sun to part sun and produces bright red stems on a dwarf plant. It tolerates a variety of

soil and light conditions, and it is considered one of the most shade-tolerant ornamental shrubs. For both of these shrubs, the best color appears on one and two-year-old stems, while older stems turn brown and corky. Proven Winners suggests cutting back the entire plant to short stubs every other year, or cut one-third of the oldest stems every year. The second option is the one they recommend, and early spring is the best time to do it. “Flaviramea” yellow twig dogwood (C. sericea). Although described as “moderate growing,” this one needs plenty of space because it can reach 8 feet tall and 9 feet wide. That makes the collection of glowing yellow twigs quite impressive. Monrovia describes the variety as tolerant of wet conditions in enriched, medium to wet soils. Like other dogwoods, the best stem color is on young twigs. Keep it fresh by pruning ¼ of the older stems in early spring,


‘Arctic Sun’ dogwood or hard prune every two or three years. Monrovia also suggests root pruning to control the spread. “Elegantissima” (C. alba), variegated red twig dogwood. Expect a thicket of upright, blood-red stems for winter color, while variegated leaves and white berries tinged with blue or green add interest the remainder of the year. Although it is vigorous and adaptable, reaching 6 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 6 feet wide, the best color is in a sunny location.

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Not everyone enjoys moody colors that autumn brings forth. They’d rather look at the bright side, so create a centerpiece filled with bright reddish-orange tropicals and berries, lime-green mums and even a few yellow tulips (faux, of course, at this time of year!)

A simply glorious table arrangement for fall incorporates roses in all shades of coral together with greenery, clusters of rose hips and real apples and faux apple picks from the craft store in an old crate.

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Burglars tend to avoid houses with security systems. According to a University of North Carolina at Charlotte survey of convicted burglars, 83 percent said they would try to determine if an alarm were present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative. There are also financial advantages. Many insurance companies offer discounts on home insurance premiums when homeowners install an alarm system or security equipment. THREE DIY OPTIONS Want to take home security into your own hands? Let’s narrow the options. At the very least, you’ll want to monitor your home’s exterior using a smart camera, such as the Nest Cam, which sends live video to your phone and detects motion and loud noises. You can get two outdoor Nest Cams (one for your home’s front entry and one for the backyard) for $298. Looking for a more comprehensive security system? Consider iSmartAlarm, a top performer according to CNET, Consumer Reports and PCMag. Its Shield Package ($613.90), which includes eight contact sensors, seven motion sensors and three remote tags, is well-suited for a threeto four-bedroom house, the company says. Another DIY option is

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the Abode Essentials Starter Kit ($229), which includes one door/window sensor, a battery-powered security camera and motion detector, and a key fob. The system integrates with Amazon Echo, Google Home and other home automations for voice-enabled arming and disarming. PROFESSIONAL MONITORING OPTIONS Many self-monitoring systems offer professional monitoring services for an additional monthly or annual fee. With its Nest Secure alarm system, Nest offers professional monitoring through Brinks Home Security; a three-year agreement costs $19 monthly and a month-tomonth contract that’s $29 a month. Frontpoint is a highly rated monitoring provider, according to security system review websites SafeWise and A Secure Life. The price ranges from $34.99 to $49.99 monthly — a tad pricey, but the system runs on cellular technology, which means you don’t have to worry about cut wires, loss of Internet connection or power outages. Depending on where you live, you could choose a local security company for a couple of reasons. A local company will usually respond quicker to issues with the security system than will a national company, and local monitoring will have a better understanding of local crime trends than will a national monitor. Source: Washington Post

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