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Home & Gardens

11/05/2014 - 11:22am
Last winter severely damaged our blue hydrangea bushes. They have come back – alive but splayed and leggy. Should I prune them? Or should I find another shrub? We wanted something with glorious blooms that can tolerate shade! What would that... >>more
11/05/2014 - 10:42am
Owning an historic Capitol Hill home brings with it a certain amount of responsibility, stewardship, and home repair obligations. As you walk around the Hill it’s fairly common to see a row house regally framed in scaffolding and draped in... >>more
11/05/2014 - 10:16am
Do you want a quick, easy, and free way to learn who built your house and when?  The Capitol Hill Restoration Society (CHRS) Beyond the Boundaries research project offers a wealth of information on buildings outside the Capitol Hill Historic... >>more
11/05/2014 - 9:42am
The rear yard of the C Street SE home designed by Capitol Hill landscape architect Ryan Moody is beautifully detailed with a custom rear gate, masonry, a fountain, and bright red accents in furniture, birdfeeder, and flowers. With long, narrow... >>more
11/05/2014 - 9:07am
Every fall a garden ritual begins. Right about the time when the trees start to turn brilliant colors and cooler temperatures bring to mind apple cider and pumpkin pie, avid gardeners clean up, prep, and make their gardens ready for old Man Winter... >>more
10/08/2014 - 11:20am
Our Nandina plant has no berries. What’s wrong? Nandinas thrive and produce berries in shady as well as sunny spots. They do not need another plant to fertilize them. If your plant’s flowering stems were cut off this past spring, by... >>more
10/08/2014 - 10:42am
First, a confession: I kill houseplants. More than one visitor has suggested I put a suffering plant out of its misery, saying, “You’re a landscape architect – it’s bad advertising.” When my indoor plants have a purpose... >>more
10/08/2014 - 10:12am
Eight-hundred forty square feet? What was I thinking?  But it was a well-sited, two-level row house, built nearly 100 years ago for Navy Yard employees, with a fireplace and a 76-foot-long garden. It became mine.     Loving a Small... >>more
10/08/2014 - 9:43am
Fall is a bittersweet time of year for gardeners. The tomatoes are dwindling on the vines, and the fresh vegetables enjoyed in salads, tarts, and soups are gone. Visits to the garden that became such a big part of our summer routine are now less... >>more
10/08/2014 - 9:11am
Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos--if you’re like me; you’re not a fan of any of them. They bite, irritate, cause itching and spread disease. As pet owners, we tend to hate fleas the most because they can invade your home and become a chronic... >>more
09/12/2014 - 8:31am
Residents have speculated, and circulated many a rumor about the building since the eviction of the methadone clinic at 910 Bladensburg Road NE five years ago.  For a while there were whispers that the space might become a sports bar, or... >>more
09/02/2014 - 12:35pm
Our beloved gardens of Capitol Hill are often gardens in miniature. We fi nd smaller varieties of favorite plants due largely to the space limitations our properties present. Many Hill gardeners can be seen pruning unruly plants in an attempt to... >>more
09/02/2014 - 11:09am
I have two beautiful grandiflora rose plants that seem to bloom less and less each year. They get good morning sun. Each is about 10 years old. How can I encourage more blooms? Your roses are signaling their constitutional need for full sun. At... >>more
09/02/2014 - 10:41am
The Editor said to write about the value of historic preservation -- quality of life, walkability, etc. A reasonable assignment although my eyes did start to glaze over just a bit. Afterwards, as I noodled the question, I began to think about dates... >>more
09/02/2014 - 10:14am
If you live on Capitol Hill your home probably has the original windows. You know it, because as winter approaches each year you put up sheets of plastic, frame the sash edges with clay insulation, or do whatever else it takes to keep the cold air... >>more