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  • Plant of the week: Forsythia

    Deciduous shrub grown for its vibrant yellow flowers that announce the arrival of spring; shrubs around town will be blooming for the next few weeks. Bright yellow, bell-shaped flowers emerge before leaves and cover branches from ground to tip. Depending on the variety, they can be compact specimen plants or tall (8-10 feet) informal hedges....

  • Local gardening classes help the beginner out

    Tending to a vegetable garden in our neck of the woods can be an uphill battle. It becomes even more daunting when the gardener is a beginner. The enemies: poor soil, wind and temperatures that go from hot to cold to hot in a few days. "Colorado Springs is tricky," said Larry Stebbins, founder of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens. "We're one of the...

  • Plant of the week: Blue Globe Spruce

    Striking, globe-shaped Dwarf Colorado Blue Spruce is a slow-growing, low-maintenance shrub. Selected for its shape and color, this cultivar grows more wide than tall. Powder blue needles add year-round color, which makes it a perfect accent plant or focal point in any garden. Great in limited spaces. Easily grown in average, well-drained soils...

  • 'A lot of good, black dirt' awaits at community garden

    Are your digs too small - or simply not ideal - for a garden? Consider growing your vegetables away from home in the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden, a nonprofit organic community garden located at Bear Creek Regional Park at 21st and Rio Grande streets. With a history dating to the early 20th century and food-growing efforts at what was...

  • Got a million bucks? You'll get a lot of house in Colorado Springs

    If you can afford to spend $1 million for a roof over your head, there are few places in the nation where you can get more house for your money than Colorado Springs, according to a recent survey of high-end properties. The median size of homes listed for sale at or near $1 million was 6,023 square feet in Colorado Springs, according to a...

  • Around the House: Garage door might pose a security risk

    Dear readers: There is a security vulnerability at your house that needs to be checked - it's your garage door opener mechanism. That cord and handle hanging from the track is an open invitation to a burglar. A clothes hanger with a little bent hook on the end can be shoved through the gap in the top of the door. Once it's hooked to that...

  • House to Home: Make a connection

    Gone are the days when the kitchen was hidden beside the dining room, door closed except for serving and clearing. Today, the kitchen takes pride of place where living and lounging, dining and cooking meld into one stylish open-plan space. This radical shift in dominance has brought stunning design and style changes to everything kitchen, from...

  • Variations on the vase

    We've been picking flowers and sticking them in containers for thousands of years. The early Egyptians did it, as did the Chinese: Feng Shui guidelines for creating harmony in a home suggest placing vases of fresh-cut flowers throughout the dwelling to relieve stress and increase productivity and creativity. Today, artisans, designers and...

  • Plant of the week: Pansy

    Plant of the week: Pansy Common name: Pansy Scientific name: Violax wittrockiana Type: Annual Height: 6-8 inches Width: 6 inches Blooms: Early spring, summer, late fall into early winter Where to plant: Full sun, part sun Water requirement: Average Preparing the soil: Compost enriched soils, container soil Hardy: Zone 3 (up to 10,000...

  • Ways to conquer chaos and clutter

    etting rid of your stuff is like shedding extra weight. It takes work, commitment and ongoing maintenance, but once you've seen the results, professional organizers say you'll want to make the new lifestyle permanent. Of course, exercising is hard and so is exorcising your inner hoarder. There are many reasons why our homes, garages and...

  • The yin and yang of spring

    The yin and yang of spring make it such an interesting season. After the brutal bite of winter, even a gloomy spring day can lift our spirits with warmer breezes and an emerging palette of delicate hues - those first tinges of new greens, a fuzzy gray bud, a brushstroke of crocus blue. Then, as the season really plants its feet, fresh bright...

  • Plant of the week: Columbine

    Colorado's state flower is an often overlooked native that performs well in filtered shade, requires little water once established and blooms in spring when flowers are a welcome sight. It prefers well-drained sites, but will adapt to average or compost-enriched soils. These are tough plants with such delicate looking flowers, usually with...

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