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Splendor in the grass

posted: 04/25/2015 2:05 a.m. Discuss

Gardeners watch TV, attend classes and read magazines to get ideas for their landscapes, but one of the most effective sources for inspiration is to tour other gardeners' gardens.

Personal space

posted: 04/25/2015 2:03 a.m. Discuss

Theresa Timmons-Shamberger

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/25/2015 2:01 a.m. Discuss

DEAR READERS: With our busy lives, and many of us spending a lot of time going to and from, it's sure easy to "drive through" a fast-food restaurant to pick up dinner. Hey, I'm one of you.

Otus the Head Cat: No urban hunt planned for lone bison on the lam

posted: 04/25/2015 1:59 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus,Whatever happened to that herd of buffalo that escaped in Hot Springs last week? Any chance Hot Springs will have an urban buffalo hunt?

CAR TALK

posted: 04/25/2015 1:58 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: I have a 2006 GMC Envoy XL with 227,000 miles. After sitting in the garage overnight, when I start it, the oil pressure gauge will drop, and the oil warning light comes on. If I leave it in park and keep the engine revved up, then the oil pressure will go up. Two blocks from the house is a stoplight, and I have to put it in neutral and rev the engine, or the oil pressure drops and warning lights come on. After about 10 minutes of driving, the oil pressure still drops some at stoplights, but not low enough to cause the warning light to come on. Am I damaging the engine by continuing to drive? Why does it have oil pressure after it's warmed up but not after sitting overnight?

In the garden

posted: 04/25/2015 1:57 a.m. Discuss

Q I had a palm tree planted in our backyard when we moved in two years ago. It is about 5 to 6 feet tall and is supposed to be safe to 10 degrees below zero. It is in full sun about six hours a day. There are about 4 inches of new soil in the garden, but underneath that, it's kind of rocky. After last winter, all of the fronds were brown, so I had to cut them all off and start over.

Super Quiz: Americana

posted: 04/25/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

1. For what was Seward's Folly a derisive term?

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/25/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll reach a prize-winning level of mastery in May and then start a new venture as an amateur, refreshing your spirit through the learning process. June ties your heart to another through a shared adventure. Your philanthropy in August will build your legacy. An important professional decision must be made in October. Virgo and Cancer people adore you.

Azaleas, stone paths, trailing vines and a big screen TV

posted: 04/24/2015 10:15 a.m. Discuss

Gardeners enjoy peeking at the fabulous outdoor landscapes created by people with the means, time and expertise to do things up right.

Garden gems

posted: 04/18/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

Gardeners are in plant-buying mode, but visiting nurseries and garden centers can be a bit overwhelming with all the plants to choose from.

Personal space

posted: 04/18/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Libby Smith Where I live: I live with my husband, Griffin, in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock. We have two Burmese cats, Kona and Java, who graciously allow us to share their home and remind us daily that we are staff.

IN THE GARDEN

posted: 04/18/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

Q I have read in some of your columns about your dislike of all the blooming pear trees around Arkansas. I think they are beautiful. Why do you not like them?

Ask the Expert -- Roof wear

posted: 04/18/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

All the ice, snow and rain this winter has me worried about my roof. How can I tell if I'm getting close to needing a new one?

Tools & Toys

posted: 04/18/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus What's to love: Great for traveling and using around the home.

Otus the Head Cat: Moving 'Little Rock' trips landslide of rumbling

posted: 04/18/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Dear Otus, What's going on down at the river with the "Little Rock"? Last weekend a crew was loading the boulder with the plaque on a flatbed, and the Junction Bridge was shut down for a couple of hours.

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