A Heritage Home in Australia

April 23rd, 2014

The owner of this restored house near Melbourne collaborated with a team of designers to create a variety of artistic interiors.
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A year to replant the rosemary

April 23rd, 2014

Just as there are indoor and outdoor cats, there are indoor and outdoor rosemary plants. In their natural outdoor state they grow, thrive and perfume the air on the rocky cliffs and hillsides of Greece and the south of France, where ample sun warms the volatile oils in their needlelike leaves.

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Dealing with spring weeds

April 23rd, 2014

This dynamic and compressed early spring has brought a concentration of long-awaited blossoms and bulbs but also an epic confluence of weeds.

Winter annuals usually have gone out with a bang by late April; this year they have saved their fireworks for the arrival of such spring nuisances as the wild onion, the common blue violet and the dandelion.

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From Bank to Abode

April 22nd, 2014

Once part of the mezzanine of a bank, this two-bedroom apartment in Nolita features 18-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lafayette Street.
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A Spiritual Retreat in the Philippines

April 21st, 2014

This home on the resort island of Boracay—designed by artists—embraces all religions and beliefs.
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Estate for Faith and Family

April 18th, 2014

This hilltop property features a private chapel, an indoor swimming pool and a total of 25 bedrooms spread across the main house, cabins and other buildings.
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Like New, a Century Later

April 17th, 2014

A restoration of this 1903 colonial revival-style home preserved original details, like brass hardware and silk-covered walls.
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The Simple Life in Fiji

April 16th, 2014

An environmentally friendly house overlooking the Pacific Ocean embraces a back-to-nature lifestyle.
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Getting a jump on the sweet corn season

April 16th, 2014

The first sweet corn of the season, hot and buttered, is already in my sights as I shuffle through the seed packets, noting which crops I can sow now and hurry along for an early harvest. Traditionally, corn is not one of them. Usually direct-sown in the ground, it will grow fine in cool soil as low as 50 degrees. But here’s the problem: It won’t germinate happily until the soil is at least 65 degrees or better.

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The unexpected elegance of the daffodil

April 16th, 2014

Daffodil season lasts about a month, give or take. This is good, because daffodils have a way of mesmerizing gardeners.

“If it was for 12 months, you’d go crazy,” said Karen Cogar, a daffodil fancier whose ornamental and woodland garden in Alexandria is awash at the moment with choice varieties beyond popular comprehension.

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