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Fragrant memories

I was walking through my garden, on a mission to get pruners from the shed, and was struck by the scents of my lilies. The fragrance lifted my spirits, slowed me down and gave me an extra spring in my step to get my task done.

I must have fragrance in my garden. Sticking my nose into a petunia with no scent is like kissing someone through a screen door. All the parts of the scene are there but not the pleasure. So I shop for petunias in the evening when they are releasing their heavenly odors and I can determine just which ones do have that velvety, cinnamon-clove essence.

Some fragrances are just happy natural occurrences, such as the damp woodsy smell that wafts over me when I walk past the spruces and white pines in my yard. It instantly transports me to the damp coolness of my favorite Berkshire woods.


Fragrant memories

I was walking through my garden, on a mission to get pruners from the shed, and was struck by the scents of my lilies. The fragrance lifted my spirits, slowed me down and gave me an extra spring in my step to get my task done.

I must have fragrance in my garden. Sticking my nose into a petunia with no scent is like kissing someone through a screen door. All the parts of the scene are there but not the pleasure. So I shop for petunias in the evening when they are releasing their heavenly odors and I can determine just which ones do have that velvety, cinnamon-clove essence.

Lawn diseases hard to diagnose

Question: I am hoping you are the correct person to contact with my lawn problem. I have necrotic ring spot on my lawn. I am looking for advice of handling this disease. Any information would greatly be appreciated. — B.T.

Answer: On the same day I received your email, the Kenosha County University of Wisconsin-Extension horticulture helpdesk master gardeners got a photo of a home lawn with light brown circles. Necrotic ring spot and summer patch are two different diseases caused by different fungi. Both diseases cause circular or ring patterns of tan grass in the lawn. Turfgrass diseases are notoriously difficult to diagnosis, even for professionals, so I can’t tell for sure which disease is causing the rings.

Cooking up a color-happy kitchen

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Kitchens in traditional and vintage homes often are dressed in conservative garb: neutral hues, stainless steel, white-on-white or beige-on-beige.

Historically, however, kitchens were actually pretty peppy, according to Deborah Baldwin, editor of This Old House magazine.

Take time to relax and enjoy your garden

We’re officially past midsummer, and the heat seems to be on its way. Now that everything is planted, I think it’s time to slow down a bit. Time to relax and enjoy all our efforts. I know I don’t work well in the heat, but in reality, can any gardener actually relax?

While it may be hard to stop picking and tucking and weeding and fussing, relaxing in the garden you’ve created is the best part of the day. After hours of hard work, what better reward can there be than to flop into an overstuffed chair on the porch with a novel or laze in a soft cotton hammock, swaying gently in the breeze and counting clouds.

Tomatoes have fungal leaf disease

Question: The lower leaves on a few of our tomato plants have spots with very dark centers and yellow edges. Some leaves are completely yellow with dark dots. We have several beds of tomatoes and the problem is happening in one bed only. Please advise. L.L.

Answer: The tomato in the photo you sent has a fungal leaf disease called Septoria. Some types of tomatoes are less susceptible to the disease than others, so that may be why a few plants have it and others don’t. Tomatoes with less air flow around the plants, or the leaves stay wet longer after rain or irrigation, are more likely to develop fungal leaf diseases. 

Branching out: Kenosha gardeners enjoy success with desert plant, European pruning technique

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Here in Kenosha County, it’s not unusual to see hostas growing in someone’s yard. And while roses, peonies and hydrangeas may be beautiful, most folks don’t bat an eye when they see them in a southeastern Wisconsin garden because they’re pretty common in these parts.

But every now and then a plant growing in a Kenosha yard gets noticed because it’s unexpected.


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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