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Home and Garden

  • Making do

    Mazie Bailey has never met a seed she didn’t like.
    In one sense, many of the flowers planted at 1890 Old Camden Highway, are new.
    But they are actually a new generation of the plants that filled the yard some 13 years ago when Bailey was awarded Yard of the Month by the Garden Clubs of Lancaster.
    She is probably one of the best seed harvesters to win the honor.
    Bailey’s yard is filled with “recycled annuals.”  
    The tall scarlet sage growing throughout her beds began as seeds from last year’s crop.  

  • From yard to table

    Dori and Dan Schaupp married 37 years ago and have had vegetable garden every year. At their home at 1310 Crestfield Drive, they faced a challenge. The backyard retained water when it rained and became marshy, making gardening next to impossible. Their solution was to create raised garden beds.
    In 2004, they began with four raised beds with mainly vegetables and a small space for herbs. Over the years the number of beds has grown.

  • Yard of Month selection ‘dream come true’ for Mangums

    Sue and Michael Mangum have lived at 136 Evergreen Road for the last 20 years. During this time they have enjoyed keeping their yard well-manicured, neat and full of seasonal blooms. Until now, little did they know that others admired their yard, too. They received an unprecedented five nominations for Yard of the Month recently.  
    After learning of these nominations and viewing the yard herself, Elaine Atkins with Leaf and Petal Garden Club agreed and selected the Mangums’ yard as the June Yard of the Month.

  • The perfect setting

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    Tucked away in the new subdivision College Place, John and Audrey Hadvab found just the right setting for their home seven years ago. As their home evolved so did their yard.

    Working with a landscape designer, they developed a plan filled with low maintenance shrubs and trees. Even after seven years of growth the shrubs, along with perennials they have added, through the years still create a beautiful look.

  • A place that seldom rests

    Michele Roberts

    For The Lancaster News

    athy Taylor never thought she’d be a farmer. She worked in offices her whole life, most recently spending eight years working for Mar Mac Wire in McBee as an accounts payable clerk. But when she was laid off from that job in 2004, her life changed in a way she couldn’t have imagined.

  • Tips for keeping your cat calm

    Statepoint Media

    The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such disruptive things as summer thunderstorms and road trips.

    And unfortunately behavioral issues are the No. 1 reason for euthanasia in dogs and cats, resulting in the death of about 15 million pets each year.

  • Out of the Earth

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

    The Haires built their home in 1970. Many of the original boxwoods and hollies kept neatly trimmed continue to thrive in the yard – a direct result of Judy’s green thumb.

    “Growing plants has always been easy for me,” Judy said. “Many times I have just stuck a small cutting from a plant in the ground and it really takes off.”

  • I could use a little ‘mow money’

    In another realm, I was a ball of fire, always full of energy.

    Why, I took on all kinds of projects and tasks of all sorts and sizes around our Charlotte Road Camelot.

    Now, I get up in the morning with the best intentions of getting our yard in better shape.

    No, I don’t mean that blue ribbon, Yard-of-the-Month frenzy.

    While I enjoy lookin’ at the pictures, once you win that distinction, you are under pressure and the lawn is under neighborhood microscope.

  • Yard of the Month

    Sherry Archie

    For The Lancaster News

  • Enhance your holiday landscape

    Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you and your guests to enjoy. No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape.

    Try one, two or all eight of these tips to improve your landscape’s winter appeal.