One of the hardest things for someone who loves plants to do is cut one down. I’m as bad as the next person. When I put in a landscape plant, hopefully it’s somewhat permanent.
But I’m finding more and more just how important it is to take a fresh look at a landscape every year. If you don’t do this, your landscape can gradually become tired and not as much of a joy to look at and be in.
Question: This fall I bought several mums on sale at a local garden center. I left them in their pots on my deck. They bloomed beautifully but now I?m wondering if I can keep them for next year. They were labeled as hardy. Should I plant them in the ground or can I keep them in the garage? Do I pinch back, cut off the dried blooms or trim to the ground? Perhaps I should just toss them and start over next year. Is it too late to save these beautiful plants? — K.B. and E.M.
Answer: Chrysanthemums have been cultivated since the eighth century in Japan. There are thousands of varieties specially developed for use as cut flowers, hardy landscape plants and houseplants. The term ?garden mum? is often used to distinguish between hardier mums for outdoor plantings versus greenhouse mums.
Teresa Keller used to joke that she was pantry-challenged. She often relied on a flashlight to search the deep, dark cupboard that held her canned goods and other food items.
When she and her husband, Dave, decided to build a home in Sunbury, Ohio, a proper pantry was a priority.
We have had an amazingly warm fall, so there are many vegetables still going strong in the garden for us to enjoy. Although the tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers are finished, frost-hardy vegetables are still growing, and some of them will continue to provide for the table as long as the temperatures stay above 20 degrees.
Kale, whether red Russian, blue Scotch or dragon kale, is sweeter now that it has been “kissed” with frost. Even ornamental kale, which is edible, is now palatable if you can bear to sacrifice it to eat. Dice these into any soup or stew or simply saute them with olive oil and garlic and you have a delectable late fall dish. Add to mashed potatoes for a true comfort food with a kick.
Question: I found a couple of bags of tulips and crocus on sale so I bought them. Is it too late to plant bulbs? — C.L.
Answer: Spring flower bulbs may be planted as long as the ground is not frozen and can be dug. It is best to plant before late fall so the roots have more time to develop, but your tulips and crocus will still come up and bloom beautifully even if you plant them in the snow.
As the weather gets colder and we come indoors, it’s easy to wish your indoor space had some of the open, airy feeling of the outdoors.
It is possible to make a room feel larger than it really is: Choosing the right colors and finishes and arranging furniture properly can create the illusion of space.
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.
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.
A bit of nostalgia prompted Peter Wenglowsky to obtain his 1961 Rambler Classic about 20 years ago.
BY JEREMY REEVES
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kenosha resident Jason Beiser, 30, has been welding for about seven years and started his own business, “Skully’s Welding,” a couple years ago.
SALEM — It took Mike Vandeville about 25 years but he finally made true on his pledge to himself.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — When it came to his first car, Eric Nelson Jr. didn’t have many options.
Kenosha resident Florian Kreft, 84, has owned about 25 cars in his lifetime, covering most American manufacturers (Chevy, Ford, Buick, Chrysler and Dodge).
Whether on Lake Michigan, inland lakes or even the Gulf of Mexico, Jeff and Mary Albrecht have been boating enthusiasts since they were kids.
PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Wayne Walker isn’t the type of person you’d immediately expect to own a Mercedes Benz, especially one imported from Germany.
SALEM — Judy Grasser said her husband of 26 years, Mike, isn’t much of a sentimental type.
SOMERS — The village and town boards unanimously approved changes to voting wards in their municipalities in the event of possible annexation of the remaining town.
A bank inside a north-side grocery store was robbed Wednesday.
Ald. David Bogdala said Wednesday he wasn’t nitpicking the 2016 budget initially proposed by Mayor Keith Bosman before being amended by aldermen and approved earlier this week by the City Council.
Andrew Obregon’s mother was given one year of probation Wednesday for the help she provided him while he was evading capture for the killing of Tywon Anderson.
Kenosha County will offer a new program in 2016 that offers an injectable monthly medication to select individuals to reduce alcohol and opiate cravings.
The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department has released video of the first attempt by deputies to locate Andrew Obregon last month, and the 911 call by the woman who reported that he punched her and stole her car shortly before his capture.
Prosecutors have put forward a new, more sinister theory connecting the deaths of Jenny Gamez and Laura Simonson, the two women whose bodies were found stuffed in suitcases and dumped outside Lake Geneva.
A tense Kenosha Unified School Board meeting ended with police being called after an angry exchange between a board member and another member’s husband.
SOMERS — The village and town boards approved a 2016 budget Tuesday that includes $500,000 for road maintenance and $27,000 for a needs-assessment study for fire services.
Kenosha teachers have voted to recertify their union.
One person was airlifted to a Milwaukee-area hospital after a two-car crash just before 6 p.m. Tuesday in the 5700 block of Highway 50.
By a 12-5 vote Tuesday night, Kenosha’s City Council approved a $61,575,000 property tax levy as part of the 2016 budget, a 2.36 percent increase from this year.
Kenosha County merchants are hoping local residents do more of their holiday shopping downtown and with local merchants during the annual national Small Business Saturday this weekend.
With two men charged recently with attempted kidnapping for three separate incidents, Kenosha police wonder if there might be other women or teenage girls who had similar experiences but did not report them.
Kenosha police officers rescued a toddler who fell through a vent opening in the floor of a home at 5907 18th Ave. Tuesday afternoon.
There will be no curbside garbage, recycling, brush, yard waste, tire, TV, or bulk collection on Thursday in Kenosha, city officials have announced.
Indian Trail High School and Academy's culinary arts students recently made creative, edible displays for a cupcake wars competition.
BRIGHTON — After less than a year of curbside pickup, Brighton residents will return to the garbage dump Saturday.
Farmers in western Kenosha County may benefit as 28 Wisconsin counties, including Walworth, previously underserved by veterinarians, will get help as the result of a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
A Kenosha man charged with battery, sexual assault and 19 other crimes after he was accused in March of holding a woman captive overnight has been sentenced to prison.
MADISON — The harvest during opening weekend of Wisconsin’s gun deer season was up considerably from 2014, although the state did suffer its first firearm-related fatality during the season in three years. Another fatality occurred Monday evening.