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  • 60th annual Colorado Springs-area Parade of Homes starts Aug. 1

    Colorado Springs' Parade of Homes will mark its 60th year next week - a period over which homebuilding has changed almost as much as the community. Sixty years ago, smaller, ranch-style homes of roughly 1,000 square feet dominated many post-World War II neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, with traditional floor plans offering homeowners a...

  • Hidden in cracks and crevices, Miller moths once again invade Colorado homes

    For my middle-of-the-night visits to our home's smallest room, I'm usually alone. But not lately. Nocturnal moths have invaded our home. Sometimes hidden in a hung towel or closet crack, these inch-long moths are everywhere. Yesterday one burst upward at my son from beneath a closed toilet seat lid. Yikes! Well, at least he was lifting the...

  • Plant of the week: Blue false indigo

    Common name: Blue false indigo Scientific name: Baptisia australis Type: Herbaceous perennial Height: 3-4 feet Width: 3-4 feet Blooms: May to June Where to plant: Full sun to partial shade Water requirement: Moderate, drought-tolerant once established Preparing the soil: Average soil, prefers well-drained areas Hardy: Zone 3...

  • Grow from cuttings, but do research first

    Take your gardening efforts to the next level and propagate plants from stem cuttings. Stem cuttings can be taken any time the plant is healthy and actively growing. If you have a favorite plant, one of the advantages of growing from stem cuttings is you will have a new plant that's identical to the parent. Also, the stem cutting plant may...

  • Floral aromas a lure for insects

    Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring. Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant and now dame's rocket, pinks and roses. Of course, it's not for us that flowers waft those sometimes delectable aromas. Evolutionarily speaking, we don't return the favor with...

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