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On Gardening: Banana Shrub, an heirloom of exotic fragrance

The past two months have been weeks of tantalizing fragrance that I am afraid not many children or families have experienced. This champion of aroma I am referring to is the banana shrub. The banana shrub is an heirloom from the 1800s and produces extremely sweet aromatic blossoms for months. It is one of the more amazing scents in the plant world.

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Answer man: Should you be concerned about the mercury in those curly-Q light bulbs?

Q: Given the toxicity of mercury, why in the world would light-bulb manufacturers have chosen to use this in the CFL light bulbs that replaced the incandescents? Soon after these new bulbs were developed, they then started to tout the wonders of the LED. Why wouldn't they have done this in the first place, and was the EPA on vacation when they were developing these bulbs with mercury in them? By the way, the new lights are a pain and costly.

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Style at Home: Celebrate Easter in your home decor

If your family celebrates Easter, chances are you've got some great childhood memories surrounding the cherished holiday. One of mine? Hunting for Easter eggs. As soon as we got home from Easter Mass we headed over to my dad's good friend's house, where I'd join their passel of six girls to scout for eggs while Dad and Mr. Loftin would crack open a beer (unbeknown to Mrs. Loftin and my mom, who were busy cooking Easter dinner).

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Wallpapers from Brett Design pack serious punch

Take one look at Brett Beldock's dramatic wallpaper, and it's no surprise to learn the New York-based interior and product designer has a background in fashion. In fact, an eye for color, texture, material and scale clearly informs all her work for Brett Design, from luxe seating, tables and casegoods to a line of custom rugs for Doris Leslie Blau.

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5 small household changes that will reduce your carbon footprint

Environmental awareness is becoming more and more of a priority to most Americans. We bring canvas bags to the grocery store, ditch paper towels for washable cloths and use ride share transportation apps. Regardless, our society is slowly shifting towards more environmentally-friendly ways with the mentality that if we don't take care of our world, who will?

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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.

Videos

How to plant a simple garden

T’s European editor Rita Konig shares her add-as-you-go strategy for building a backyard oasis.
The New York Times
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How to plant a simple garden

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