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A little fishing line keeps flowers standing tall

I'm So Clever
What a smart stocking stuffer! More than 450 thrifty tips from readers are compiled in our 'I'm So Clever' book that is on sale now.

I'm So Clever
I'm So Clever is compiled by Observer assistant features editor Roland Wilkerson. Send your tip, name, address and phone by email or mail to Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, N.C. 28230.

The winner: It seems that the tall lilies always take a beating after a hard rain. A little bit of fishing line helps keep them upright and off the ground. This also works well for adding extra places for vining flowers to climb, and to keep roses, gladiolas, and other tall plants standing tall. Mark Bargeloh, Concord

Label those chargers

Whenever I buy yet another electronic device with an external power supply or charger, I immediately put a label sticker on it listing the device it goes to. This eliminates confusion after being tossed in a drawer or box with all the other chargers. Bob Davis, Mint Hill

A scoring sheet for bridge players

Bridge player Bill Russell of Davidson says he designed a scoring sheet he thinks will be helpful to other bridge players. We had a few bridge players check it out, and they gave it a thumbs up. You can see for yourself at and print a copy from a .pdf file if you like the format.

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Send your clever tip, address and phone to or Home Section, Charlotte Observer, P.O Box 30308, Charlotte, NC 28230-0308. Each week the best idea wins an “I’m So Clever” T-shirt.

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