Tropical Gardening: Time to celebrate annual Hawaii Island Wiliwili Festival

Our forests and landscapes can change rapidly.

Hawaii’s endemic Erythrina sandwichensis, or wiliwili, is a colorful flowering tree of the dryland forests, and is vulnerable to threats such as feral pigs, goats, insects and diseases. According to Jen Lawson, executive director of the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative, the group is responsible for protecting a 275-acre tract, where rare and endangered shrubs and trees are safe from wild goats and other grazing animals.

Normally there would be an opportunity to visit this little known piece of our paradise as part of the Hawaii Island Wiliwili Festival, but because of COVID-19, Jen is encouraging folks to visit the group’s website, https:www.waikoloadryforest/wiliwilifestival/, for a virtual tour and other activities. There will be limited guided tours at the protected site from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 12-13, but with COVID restrictions in place, they are encouraging folks to go virtual.

Get involved in this great environmental endeavor.

Warming weather has created ideal conditions for Myrtle Rust (Austropuccinia psidii) to cause defoliation, dieback and even death of our beloved ohia and many other related species in the Myrtle family. About 150 species are susceptible including Mountain Apple, guava, eucalyptus, callistemon, melaleuca and

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SKIP RICHTER: It’s spring vegetable gardening time | Brazos Life

Timing is important

We are nearing the end of the season for planting cool-season veggies. There is still time to get in seeds of lettuce, spinach, beets, Swiss chard, carrots, peas (snap, English and snow), radishes and turnips. We can also set out transplants of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, bok choi, collards, kohlrabi, parsley and onions now, but don’t delay.

It is also time to plant potatoes. Cut the potatoes into egg-sized pieces with at least one eye each. Dust the cut surfaces with sulfur and set them on a wire screen to “heal over” for 2-3 days. This reduces losses from fresh-cut potatoes decaying in the soil.

Warm-season veggies like beans, squash, tomatoes and peppers go in after the average last frost date, so early March is a good time to plant them out in the garden. Don’t delay too long with these crops, either, or summer will arrive to minimize the harvest.

Check out our new Vegetable Garden Planting Dates chart, which provides both ideal and marginal planting times for 40 vegetables as well as our average first and last freeze dates.

Give ’em a boost

New transplants really respond to a dose of liquid fertilizer at

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If You’re Short On Virtual Date Ideas, It’s Time To Play Sexy Truth Or Dare

When you think“date,” visions of bumping shoulders on a walk to the park, reaching over candlelight to nab a forkful of their cacio e pepe, and typing in the Zoom passcode probably dance in your head. OK, so maybe the latter doesn’t drum up the same kind of butterflies, but these virtual date ideas will.

Sure, not much—not even a body pillow—can replicate your partner’s loving embrace, but it’s totally possible to feel all warm and fuzzy during quality virtual time. You have to work with what you got, especially if you’re in a long-distance relationship.

“These dates aren’t normal, but there’s no reason that they shouldn’t be fun,” says Myra Castañeda-Selva, LMFT>>>P, co-founder of Amity Chicago>>>P.“Everything feels really charged right now, so a lot of the time we see these virtual dates as an opportunity for normalcy.”

What about the pressure to make these virtual dates *perfect*? It’s a trap.“These dates aren’t interviews, even though sometimes there’s a semblance of that since we spend so much time on Zoom for work,” Castañeda-Selva says. And if your nerves threaten to get the best of you while the video connects? Just name the feeling, she says. It’ll ease

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5 classic kitchen design choices that will stand the test of time

By The Washington Post Time of article publishedJan 12, 2021

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Lindsey M Roberts

If any room in our homes got a workout last year, it was the kitchen. Cooking and baking were popular for both practical and relaxing reasons.

All that time in the heart of the home got some of us wondering whether we should deep clean, organise, upgrade or even remodel our kitchens. But a kitchen renovation is a huge investment, according to HomeAdvisor. And when we do take the leap on that kind of remodel, either for part of the space or the whole room, we want to make choices that will last for years.

We talked to designers about how to make classic updates that will stand up over time. Here are their suggestions.

Use marble counters

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Whether you’re doing a whole-kitchen remodel or making savvy moves to refresh the space, Wendy Blackband of Blackband Home & Design in California likes marble counters. “It’s been around for a long time, and you see it whenever you’re traveling through Europe,” she says. Blackband suggests Calacatta, a whiter marble with veining.

Marble is an investment. But Leanne Ford,

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STEPHEN THOMPSON: Time will tell what COVID-19’s home design legacy will be | Lifestyle

What will COVID-19’s home design legacy be?

Here’s a hint: The 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic’s design legacy was the “powder room.” Who knows what lasting home design legacy Covid-19’s will be, but if Pinterest’s pins and decorating blogs are any clue, it will likely have something to do with work-from-home offices, home gyms for daily exercise routines, or mudrooms for sanitizing. Time will tell.

As health concerns are becoming more prioritized, what is trending now are larger pantries for food storage, kitchens with touch-free faucets and appliances to keep down germs, and beautifully landscaped patios, pools and pergolas for relaxing and entertaining.

Families are feeling cramped from spending so much time at home together. Could this forced closeness be why the trendiness of open floor plan space is diminishing? Give us some privacy!

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Five classic kitchen design choices that will stand the test of time

By Lindsey M. Roberts Special to The Washington Post

If any room in our homes got a workout last year, it was the kitchen. Cooking and baking were popular for practical and relaxing reasons. All that time in the heart of the home got some of us wondering whether we should deep clean, organize, upgrade or even remodel our kitchens.

But a kitchen renovation is a big investment; the average new kitchen costs between $13,295 and $37,603 as of Monday, according to HomeAdvisor. And when we do take the leap on that kind of remodel, either for part of the space or the entire room, we want to make choices that will last for years.

We talked to designers about how to make classic updates that will stand up over time. Here are their suggestions.

Use marble counters

Whether you’re doing a whole-kitchen remodel or making savvy moves to refresh the space, Wendy Blackband of Blackband Home & Design in California likes marble counters.

“It’s been around for a long time, and you see it whenever you’re traveling through Europe,” she says. Blackband suggests Calacatta, a whiter marble with veining.

Marble is an investment, at $40 to $100 per square

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Modern home decor is moving out to make room for more comfortable trends – and it’s about time

  • Modern home decor has gone out of style as a result of the pandemic.
  • Instead, people are choosing more comfortable pieces for their homes.
  • But modern decor has felt out of place in houses for years, turning homes into places made for being looked at rather than actually living your life.

In my childhood home, there were roosters everywhere.

No, my home wasn’t filled with live animals; my mom paid homage to the fluffy creatures with our decor. We had roosters on pillows, rooster-shaped vases, and even a chalkboard with a rooster trim.

It might sound kitschy to have livestock decor be a focal point of your home, but the animal print was homey and inviting, fitting perfectly with the oversized red couch I watched TV on and the light-wood kitchen table where I did my homework.
The pieces set the tone for our house, and almost everyone who came over would comment on how chic our space was. My home was both comfortable and stylish, and it stood in stark contrast to the modern decor I found many of my friends favoring in adulthood.

But to my delight, it seems people are finally going to reject modern home decor

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Home improvements and bathroom upgrades on the rise as people spend more time at home

Xuying complete bathroom sets and accessories enable homeowners to upgrade the most used room in the home for an affordable price

Guangdong, China – People are spending more time at home than ever before. While it can be great to work from the comfort of home and enjoy one’s own house, many people around the world have grown unhappy with their dwellings. The last year saw an unprecedented number of individuals improve, upgrade, and modify their homes to make them more comfortable and enjoyable. According to one report in the United States, around 20{ac967ad544075fb2f6bcea1234f8d91da186cac15e616dc329e302b7c7326b8c} of homeowners began a home improvement project of some type.

One area of the home that is likely to be high on the list for needing a makeover is the bathroom. Luckily, homeowners do not need to spend thousands of dollars on modifying the most used room in the home. Xuying complete bathroom sets and accessories are a simple way to upgrade a bathroom for very little money.

Xuying manufactures stylish household bathroom products that are ideal for any home. The company designs and manufactures bathroom items such as decorative bathroom accessories, shower soap dispenser, and hand basins. Whether a homeowner wants a new concrete basin

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