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Great Design Plant: Try Blue Bells for Blooms in Dry Soil

This shrub’s violet-blue flowers and silvery foliage brighten low-water gardens all year long Full Story
     Comment   last Sunday
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Reminds me of Texas Sage - Leucophyllum frutescens - which is also a hardy and drought tolerant (at least it is in my area).
last Friday at 6:55am     
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I thought it was our hardy, fabulous deer resistant Texas Sage until I got through the article.
last Friday at 6:29pm   
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How to Grow Your Own Juicy Plums

Easier than other stone fruits and with a variety of colors to choose from, plums are a versatile garden addition Full Story
     Comment   April 3, 2014
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Be sure to plant your plum tree far away from any area that you don't want tons of squishy fruit all over! They also throw tons of suckers off their roots. As much as I love the fruit I cant stand the mess, this is the last year for my plum tree.
April 3, 2014 at 12:02pm   
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I planted a Santa Rosa plum and was just about to get a harvest when our subcontractor left the plastic mesh deer fence open, and the deer ate every single plum and as much of the tree as they could reach. They now try to sneak in to eat the trees by lifting the deer fence across the driveway with their antlers and sneaking in - they lay down and get their antlers under the fence and lift it up and wiggle under. Wow, are they into plums! We weighted down the deer fence so hopefully we get the plums this year.
April 6, 2014 at 10:07am   
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Key Measurements to Help You Design Your Kitchen

Get the ideal kitchen setup by understanding spatial relationships, dimensions and work zones Full Story
     Comment   April 3, 2014
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Honestly, I think it's just semantics...an attempt to transition one phrase into the other. After reading the houzz article describing 'work zones', it could just as easily describe my 'work triangle' kitchen. I Dishwasher & trash next to sink, check. Landing areas next to major appliances: check. Large island to keep guests a bay: check.....

I live in a small town filled with older homes. I know few people who upgrade their kitchens to look like the glam-fabulous photos here on houzz. Most people I know don't ever get around to kitchen remodeling and just make do with the old.

Another thing: I read that kitchens have come a long way because all the architects used to be all men and they seldom spent time in a kitchen, therefore kitchens weren't 'user friendly'. Once women came on to the scene, their input helped kitchens evolve into rooms that function well and are family gathering places.
last Monday at 9:32am     
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I don't have time to read all the other comments, so maybe someone has already said this, but I think it's a good idea to have the sink and the cooktop/range on the same run of cabinets, so that they are not separated by a walkway. This makes prep and cleanup easier and safer, since no one can walk between the chef and the sink while the chef is trying to drain pasta.
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