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  • Homeplace for the holidays

    Christmastime is always special at 618 Morris Road.  

    It’s the time of year when Harris and Marcene Plyler bring their Victorian-style home to life with boughs of holly and berries. 

    These natural decorations enhance both the Plyler home and yard. 

    Beth Craig of the Leaf and Petal Garden Club passes by the Plyler home often and especially enjoys seeing it during the Christmas holidays.

  • Maintaining poinsettias hard, but not impossible

     

    With the holiday season now fading, those colorful poinsettias will be doing the same thing in the upcoming months.

    The most popular Christmas plant in America, millions of poinsettias are given and received as gifts each year.

    But is it possible to keep it alive and going until Christmas 2012?

    According to the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, poinsettias can be maintained if you’re up for a challenge.

  • The great debate

    For some, the notion of buying Christmas gifts for pets is unthinkable – a yard dog is a yard dog, they say, worthy of an occasional sow’s ear (maybe). Cats find their own amusement, so why waste money?

    But with 78.2 million pet dogs in the United States, according to a national pet survey, owned by 45 million American households and 86.4 million cats in 38 million homes, it’s no surprise many think otherwise.

  • November Yard of the Month

    If you travel Charlotte Highway often, you’ve probably noticed the cute home with a parking area surrounded by a low brick wall just north of the city limits.

    If you haven’t noticed the house, Woody and Linda Wilson’s landscaping most likely caught your eye. 

    Tidy sculpted beds filled with a variety of low maintenance shrubs and other perennials topped with freshly tossed pine straw surround the house. Fresh seasonal container gardens and quaint front porch rocking chairs paint an almost flawless image.

  • Family critical part of LCCA success

    Family. We all belong to (at least) one.                       Our families can include the people we cherish and love the most.  

    According to broad definition, “family” means a group of people who are tied together through some common thread – whether it be biological, ancestry, living arrangements, common interest or love. Family, in my dictionary, has 11 distinct definitions.   

  • Fall Flavors

    Heirloom pumpkins, mums, autumn wreaths, flags and pillows add special touches that greet the season at the home of Frank and Corinne Brackett, located at 714 Plantation Road.  

    These special touches and the natural beauty of the landscaping prompted the Lancaster Council of Garden Clubs to choose the Bracketts for the October Yard of the Month. Selected by Betsy Folks and Sheila Roberts of The Lancaster Garden Club, the Brackett yard is loaded with perfect fall flavors.

  • August Yard of the Month

    Ten years ago, Mike and Jennifer Jewett moved to Lancaster from Missouri.   

    As Jennifer home-shopped, she kept in mind the type of yard that must accompany it. 

    When she saw the home at 805 Crescent Drive, she was sold.

    “I actually picked this house out because I thought it had the kind of yard that Mike would like,” Jennifer said. “In one word, it had trees.”   

  • St. Paul Classics get their due and their day

    The heartbeat of any neighborhood can be measured at its houses of worship.

    But without people who nurture, teach and reach out to others in Christian love, it’s nothing more than bricks, mortar, paint and lumber.

    That never escapes the St. Paul AME Church family, which will honor 15 of its spiritual mothers and fathers, collectively know as the Classics, for their contributions to the local community this weekend.

    Billed as an extravaganza showcase, the special recognition is 5 p.m. Saturday, at the church, 133 Pleasant St.

  • St. Paul Classics get their due and their day

    The heartbeat of any neighborhood can be measured at its houses of worship.

    But without people who nurture, teach and reach out to others in Christian love, it’s nothing more than bricks, mortar, paint and lumber.

    That never escapes the St. Paul AME Church family, which will honor 15 of its spiritual mothers and fathers, collectively know as the Classics, for their contributions to the local community this weekend.

    Billed as an extravaganza showcase, the special recognition is 5 p.m. Saturday, at the church, 133 Pleasant St.

  • Balancing act

    “How often should I water?” is perhaps the most frequently asked question by those who enjoy indoor potted plants.
    But there is no pat answer to the question. “Water it as much as it needs to grow” isn’t the right reply.
    Variables such as plant type, plant age, growth stage, season, location, type and size of pot, soil mix characteristics, weather and placement have to be considered.
    According to the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, the main cause of death of potted plants is over-watering.