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Perennial Gardens

  Beautiful Blooms Year After Year

Pocket Gardens

  Little Bits of Tranquility Right in Your Own Backyard By Renee Houston Zemanski

Escape to an Outdoor Sanctuary

  Want to bring a splash of color to your garden getaway? It’s easy this summer with the variety of colors available in outdoor furniture made from 100 percent recycled resin now on the market.

Let There Be Music

Kent Island Flower Show Captured in Pictures


Today we communicate with text messages and email by using smartphones and computers, making pen and ink a thing of the past. But less than 75 years ago, things were different. As recently as 1957, the United States Post Office was still using pens and inkwells. In June of 1957, they switched over to ballpoint pens.

Charmed by Charm Bracelets

“Love is Blind,” says the inscription on the tiny case that holds a miniature set of eyeglasses, one of 39 charms on a charm bracelet Jeanne Hendricks inherited from her late mother. “As a child, I would take my mother’s charm bracelet, look at every single charm, and play with it as if it were a toy,” recalls Hendricks, who was seven or eight years old when she received her own bracelet. The bracelet she began assembling as a young girl now has 26 charms. “Every time we took a trip, we would buy a charm,” she says. “And when my father traveled, he brought charms back as souvenirs. I think he started the bracelet for my mother when they were first married. My father fought in World War II, and he loved buying jewelry for my mother. Her charm bracelet enabled him to bring back keepsakes from all the places he had been,” she explains while handling both bracelets with love and admiration.

Miniature Books

This month, June 25th is the Art of the Book reception at the Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College in Annapolis. One exhibit in the gallery will be artwork inspired by books as well as a celebration of books, artists, and authors.

A Tale of Two Houses

The Arts and Crafts-style Bungalow and Foursquare have existed side-by-side since the 1930s. Both homes may have been owned by African- American families who lived in Northeast Murray Hill from the turn of the century until the mid-1960s.

Candice Olson Kitchens & Baths

Talk about everything and the kitchen sink!

Hello Hydrangea!

With their billowy heads of pink, blue or white, hydrangeas dominate the garden, as they should. Technically a shrub, hydrangeas produce hefty flower buds, which can range in color between white, pink, purple, and blue or even a mixture of colors. Some varieties of hydrangeas can even change color.