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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.

Car Talk

posted: 04/18/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

DEAR CAR TALK: I seem to be missing something lately that I can't figure out. There appears to be an epidemic of drivers who, when stopped at stoplights, insist on leaving one, two and sometimes even three car lengths between themselves and the car in front of them. It is not just old folks like myself, either. Is there some benefit to their cars that people believe in, that I have never heard of? I don't know of any.

State contest open for school gardens

posted: 04/18/2015 1:45 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas schools pre-kindergarten through 12th grade that had a working school garden in the 2014-15 school year are invited to enter the second annual Arkansas Grown School Garden of the Year contest. Photo or video documentation is required. The contest is sponsored by the Arkansas Agriculture Department and Farm Credit.

Dig into plant sale conducted locally for unusual picks

posted: 04/18/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Veteran gardeners will tell you there's no better place to buy plants than at a local plant sale. These events are usually fundraisers sponsored by garden clubs, community organizations, and botanical gardens and arboretums. They're a great way for these groups to raise money -- and a great way for gardeners to cultivate their hobby.

Sales sprout up all over Arkansas

posted: 04/18/2015 1:44 a.m. Discuss

Look for plant sales in your local community. These are coming soon:

Helpful Hints

posted: 04/18/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR HELOISE: Occasionally, you mention adopting dogs and cats from local animal shelters. In addition, however, shelters also care for rabbits. They make wonderful pets. I hope you spread the word.

Horoscopes by Holiday

posted: 04/18/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

Happy birthday. You'll meet the people you want to know this year. You might find that you've idealized them, or you'll hit it off like a candle and a match. May is your perspective-changer. A new goal carries you through the following two months.

On Christianity

posted: 04/18/2015 1:43 a.m. Discuss

DEAR REV. GRAHAM: Now that I'm older, I think about heaven all the time, but I'm afraid I won't go there when I die. I know I haven't been perfect, so maybe God won't let me in. How can I know? Or do I have to wait until I die?

Super Quiz: Notable Epitaphs

posted: 04/18/2015 1:42 a.m. Discuss

1. "The best is yet to come." F.S.

Large flowerpots create big splashes

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

If you garden in a small space -- around a patio or on a deck or balcony -- growing plants in pots is a good way to add color and a little pizazz to the space. And, in a big garden, placing large pots in a sunny perennial border or in a shady bed can create interesting focal points.

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