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On Gardening: Georgia roadsides: Dazzling with flowers and butterflies

Recently I seemingly awoke from a daze while driving Interstate 85 north of Columbus, Ga., beautiful Pine Mountain was in the distance and a sea of yellow orange lavender and pink was almost iridescently glowing in the middle of the divided highway. I went back the next day, got out of the car and walked to the middle surround by thousands upon thousands of cosmos flowers. I have to admit it was exhilarating and The Greatest Show on Earth, especially to a nature kind of guy.

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Design Recipes: The do’s and don’ts of fall fragrances

What does your home say about you? What is the first or lasting impression? In many instances, the unseen can make a lasting impression, whether positive or negative. We are talking about scent. Fragrance can be powerful when it comes to either attracting or distracting. And for many, infusing scents is part of the experience for guests. When looking for ways to infuse fragrance and scent into your home, here are some tips.

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Style at Home: Marshall Watson shares ‘The Art of Elegance’

Normally, lunch for me during our busy fall and holiday season is a few quick bites squeezed in between appointments. So I couldn't wait to attend the elegant Committee of 100 annual luncheon a few weeks ago at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. I love this benefit event, which brings in top name interior designers, who transport us to a world of absolute beauty while we enjoy a delicious meal.

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Siding for every budget

There are many reasons to update your siding: It's aged out; you want better energy efficiency; or it doesn't fit your taste. Fortunately, there is a wide variety of options available to you, and there's more than one material to fit each budget level. Plus, fall is the perfect time of year to complete an exterior project like this. Here's a look at the pros, cons and costs of each material by budget.

Margaret Lauterbach

Pears, pears and more pears: These fruit trees are producing

Have you ever had a dessert pear? Seckel pear, a small delicious dessert pear, is known as the only true American pear because it allegedly first appeared as a mutation on a farm owned by a Mr. Seckel near Philadelphia in the early 1800s. Some folks think it’s a hybrid cross of a European pear with an Asian pear. It’s popularly known as a sugar or candy pear for its sweet flavor. Important to us in this area, it’s resistant to fireblight, while few other varieties of pear are resistant.

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On Gardening: Early Wonder camellia shakes the gardening world

At 'The Garden Guy's' house a couple of Camellia sasanquas have started showing a little color while at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah they are already claiming the first Camellia japonica of the year. This is amazing because the Camellia japonica is normally a late winter and early spring bloomer.

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4 fall decor tips – that have nothing to do with pumpkins

Driving down a city alley the other day, a flash of fur caught my eye. Nope, it wasn't another chimpanzee-sized rat. It was a formerly prized possession: a faux Moroccan Beni Ourain-style rug, pale and shaggy with a dark diamond pattern, a once-bold accent that had imbued its owner's apartment with of-the-moment style. Until that moment passed. Or the dog had one accident too many.

Top 10 U.S. cities for flipping houses. Idaho has 2 in top 3

WalletHub, a personal finance site, developed a list of the best and worst U.S. cities to flip houses. Two Idaho cities, Nampa and Boise, are in the top three.