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Sunflowers popular, native, newly meaningful

The annual sunflower (Helianthus annus) has a long history in North America, with evidence of its cultivation for food, ceremonial and medical use by Native Americans dating back to at least 1000 B.C. Sunflower seeds are said to have been brought to Europe by Spanish explorers around the late ...

Design choices can be emotional when working with a multigenerational home

ALLISON PARK, Pa. — Should the hanging from Thailand stay on the living-room wall where it has lived since I was born? Should we lay out the family room as it was when I was 8, when I was 17 or in a completely new way? Should we leave my mother’s spice rack on the north wall of the kitchen? ...

Native alternatives to invasive plants

By JESSICA DAMIANO Associated Press When my family moved into a new home in the spring of 2005, the only plants growing in the garden were a rhododendron by the front door and a few scattered daffodils and ferns. I was delighted to see a stunning perennial pop up a month later. Being ...

Incandescent light bulbs being phased out

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is scrapping old-fashioned incandescent light bulbs, speeding an ongoing trend toward more efficient lighting that officials say will save households, schools and businesses billions of dollars a year. Rules ...

Native plants, benign neglect make good Earth Day tributes in your garden

Picture this: You step into your garden, and the beds are brimming with flowers that thrive on benign neglect. You seldom need to water them, and they don’t require much in the way of fertilizer, either. What’s more, you feel like Snow White as birds, bees and butterflies congregate ...

Face masks now optional all over Disney World

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World has lifted the last of its mask requirements, meaning face coverings will be optional for visitors at all locations on the central Florida Disney property. The rule change was posted Tuesday on Disney’s website. Masks are still recommended, though ...