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On Gardening: Emperor's candlestick, a nostalgic trip to the islands

I was working on a magazine piece this week on nostalgia gardening. While we tend to think of nostalgia gardening as being related to growing something that is heirloom or antique it can also be considered a plant that mentally transports you back to another time or place. One plant that instantly does that is the Emperor's candlestick, Senna alata formerly Cassia alata.

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Style at Home: Window treatments warm up this family home

My friend Tammy readily admits she has a problem. She is a self-confessed fabric-haulic who never met a plaid, paisley or floral she didn't fall head over heels in love with. We have a lot of fun leading her astray, giving her a quick call every time we get in a new fabric that will make her flip. So when Tammy, her husband Tyler, and their three young kids moved into their diamond-in-the-rough a few months ago, it was exciting for us to see how she used fabric to help write this historic house's newest chapter.

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3 hacks a professional cleaner knows (and you don't)

Why is it that your home looks completely different after a professional deep-cleaning service steps in? Countertops you've wiped a hundred times shine brighter, shower grout you scrubbed to no avail has gone away, and your home looks like someone applied a lighter, brighter Instagram filter to it.


Blooming Bradford Pear trees

February is on track to be one of the warmest if not the warmest Februaries on record. In keeping with higher temperatures many flowers and trees, like Bradford Pear trees, are in full bloom. The weather forecast for the March 1st calls for a chance of showers and a high near 80 degrees continuing the unseasonable late winter warming.
John D. Simmons The Charlotte Observer
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Blooming Bradford Pear trees

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A blooming Romare Bearden Park

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Spring comes early at Home & Garden show

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Visit UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens