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Question: I discovered a bag of tulip bulbs that I forgot to plant. Is it too late? G.O.

Answer: Your tulip bulbs can be planted as long as the ground is not frozen so hard that you can?t dig a hole. Ideally, spring bulbs should be in the ground before late fall so the roots have more time to grow, but your tulips will still come up and bloom beautifully even if you plant them now.

Question: A friend gave me a bag of paperwhite bulbs for a gift. The bag didn?t have growing instructions so I?m not sure what to do. What do you suggest? P.T.


Blooming bulbs

Question: I discovered a bag of tulip bulbs that I forgot to plant. Is it too late? G.O.

Answer: Your tulip bulbs can be planted as long as the ground is not frozen so hard that you can?t dig a hole. Ideally, spring bulbs should be in the ground before late fall so the roots have more time to grow, but your tulips will still come up and bloom beautifully even if you plant them now.

Celebrating the solstice

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Not so much because of holiday festivities, but because it is time for the winter solstice, which arrives at 5:03 p.m. Sunday.

The solstice is the longest night of the year, and although it might seem an odd time to celebrate, it means that the light will begin to come back the next day. We can shake off the depression of the days getting shorter begin the happy climb back into light.

Keep the home fires burning — safely

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Throw another log on the fire.

That’s a common request this time of year if you have a fireplace in your home. A wood-burning fireplace can bring years of comfort and joy — and cozy warmth — to your family throughout Wisconsin’s bone-chilling winters as long as you play it safe.

Bing cherries need cross-pollination to produce fruit

Question: I have a Bing cherry tree in my yard that is several years old. Some years the tree has bloomed and some years it hasn?t. Even years when the tree bloomed it didn’t have cherries. I?ve heard some fruit trees need another tree for pollination. Is this true in sweet cherries and what do you recommend? F.M.

Answer: Growing sweet cherries in southern Wisconsin is challenging. Most cultivars of sweet cherry bloom in early spring, so the flowers can be damaged by late frost.

Gifts for gardeners

The holiday season is a perfect time to give gardening friends bits of garden whimsy, a personalized garden gift or even practical tools they won’t buy for themselves. Here are some ideas for gifts for the gardener in your life (even if it is yourself!):

On the practical side of gardening, consider tools such as a watering wand, sturdy hose, soil test kit, stakes and ties, sharpening stone for pruners or even a bag of fertilizer. Sometimes there’s no need to select the fanciest pot or most expensive garden implement. One of the best gardening gifts I ever received was an ordinary bucket. Mine was a shiny galvanized pail filled with five pairs of inexpensive, brightly colored cotton gloves. My bucket is with me in the garden most of the time, and I never have to look far for gloves.

Decorating with Christmas trees

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For generations, the choice was simple:

1. Strap a live Christmas tree to the roof of your car, wrestle it into a tree stand at home and hope it wouldn’t fall over. Or,


Love My Ride

Parts & projects

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About seven years ago, Kenosha resident Steve Schneider held a family vote to determine whether he should keep or sell his 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle SS, which he had owned for more than 30 years.

Deere Hunter

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Ever since his childhood, John Serzynski has been a big fan of John Deere tractors and riding mowers.

“My stepfather (George Paulausky) owned a landscaping business, and I used to play out in the sandbox all the time, all day long, with my cousin,” said Serzynski, a Waukegan, Ill., native who moved to Kenosha County in the late 1990s.

‘Kenosha Cadillac’

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A bit of nostalgia prompted Peter Wenglowsky to obtain his 1961 Rambler Classic about 20 years ago.

Wheeling through Wisconsin

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Mercedes-Benz makes driving painless

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If there’s anyone who appreciates having a luxurious car like a black 1999 Mercedes-Benz S420 more than David Gregorski, good luck finding him.

Gregorski, 56, was a local barber for 28 years who was forced to retire about a decade ago because of back problems. He’s since had eight back surgeries.

Masi the Matador

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Jim Masi, his older brother Jeff Masi, Dennis Curnes and Butch Funk were all Kenosha teenagers in the early 1960s. And their passion was cars.

Taking flight: ‘As soon as the wheels leave the ground, it’s exhilarating’

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Whenever John Munson gets behind the controls and lifts off in his 2006 AMD Zodiac CH601XL factory-built, special light-sport aircraft, he experiences emotions unlike any other.

“As soon as the wheels leave the ground, it’s exhilarating,” said Munson, 66, a Kenosha resident. “You’re airborne, and it’s a whole different feeling. It’s the most enjoyable recreational activity I’ve had. I like it a lot.

British imports become part of family

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KENOSHA — What started as a gift for his wife, Mary, more than 30 years ago has evolved into a type of extended relative for Kenosha resident Jim Hawkins.

Skully’s ‘Last Ride’

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Kenosha resident Jason Beiser, 30, has been welding for about seven years and started his own business, “Skully’s Welding,” a couple years ago.

Firebird fulfills promise

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SALEM — It took Mike Vandeville about 25 years but he finally made true on his pledge to himself.

A lifetime of Nashes

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — When it came to his first car, Eric Nelson Jr. didn’t have many options.

Proud Centurion

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Kenosha resident Florian Kreft, 84, has owned about 25 cars in his lifetime, covering most American manufacturers (Chevy, Ford, Buick, Chrysler and Dodge).

Jeff and Mary Albrecht’s 1991 Four Winns 325 Cabin Cruiser

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Whether on Lake Michigan, inland lakes or even the Gulf of Mexico, Jeff and Mary Albrecht have been boating enthusiasts since they were kids.

‘Regular guy’ drives a Mercedes

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Wayne Walker isn’t the type of person you’d immediately expect to own a Mercedes Benz, especially one imported from Germany.

This ’72 Chevrolet Monte Carlo even better than first one

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SALEM — Judy Grasser said her husband of 26 years, Mike, isn’t much of a sentimental type.

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