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On Gardening: Pineapple lily easy to grow, exotically beautiful

Once you start growing the pineapple lily, you'll wonder why you haven't been growing it for years. Sparkling Burgundy was the first one to intrigue me at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens as it was thriving in what I might normally consider extreme conditions. It was and still is growing in full sun, practically no attention from horticulture staff and zero irrigation. Yet, every year it is there blooming with a Shoal Creek vitex, fire bush, and torch lily in a unique combination.

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Dream catchers are a comforting craft

Native American legend tells of a night sky filled with all sorts of dreams. To snare the nightmares, the Ojibwe hang a dream catcher over the bed, which allows only the sweet reveries to flow down to the person slumbering below. We hope your kids will be as inspired by this comforting traditional craft as we are!

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Design Recipes: How to prepare for an estate sale

When a loved one passes on, there are a number of financial aspects that need to be handled, including in many instances the sale of one's home. For most Americans, their home is their single biggest asset, and for those loved ones and heirs left behind, ensuring the proper preparation and sale of the home may be top of mind.

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Plumber: Freestanding baths need special tub fillers

Q: Dear Ed: I've learned a lot about plumbing fixtures from your column and really like the concept of having a freestanding bathtub in my new bathroom. But, since freestanding tubs just sit exposed on the floor with no walls or flat tub rim area for water fixtures, what kind of tub filler valve is used?

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Yardsmart: How to harvest agave pups

Agaves are the succulents that keep on giving. It's all about their curious reproductive behavior that makes them the easiest of all big succulents to transplant. You can obtain them free if you know how to exploit their growth habits to bring clones home to your own garden. With many species native to the colder mountain West, and even more from further south with surprising heat and drought resistance, older plants can be found all over. They will become the genesis of your agave colonies if you know how to properly remove their "pups."

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The 7 keys to making your foyer five star-worthy

Your foyer is the first and last thing you see when walking through your front door, so it should leave you feeling nothing short of inspired, organized and on top of your game. After all, there's nothing worse than coming home after a long day to an uninspiring space filled with unopened mail, piles of shoes and other miscellaneous junk waiting to be stored away. While your life might be running a million miles an hour, your foyer should be a space to pause, reflect and get re-energized.

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Yardsmart: Hot walls can change your garden for good

Great theater helps us transcend reality and rise above our everyday vexations. It captures us in a way that is contemplative and inspirational by stimulating brainwaves we often overlook in this frenetic world. Perhaps this is why one hot wall in a room of the house or in a garden can make profound changes to the character of the adjacent space. Hot colors are stimulating to the eye, but nowhere do they function as well as when painted on a garden's accent wall.

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Rock Hill soup kitchen, pantry 'blessed' with truckloads of food

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, the Springs Close Foundation and other groups donated two truckloads of food Wednesday to the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen and pantry in honor of David Boone, one of the soup kitchen's founders. Charity organizers and volunteers said they wanted to honor Boone — who has cancer — by donating nearly $25,000 worth of food to the kitchen at St. Mary Catholic Church in Rock Hill.
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Rock Hill soup kitchen, pantry 'blessed' with truckloads of food