Question: We have a beautiful Phalaenopsis orchid that is about to go dormant. It is about 26 inches high and is planted in what looks like wood chips. How do we care for it in dormancy? How much water, light, fertilizer, etc. Thank you for your help. — M.B.
Answer: Phalaenopsis, commonly called moth orchids, grow year round and don’t usually go dormant. Why do you think it is going dormant? Are the flowers about done? Are the leaves yellowing or browning?
Spring is a favorite transitional time for lovers of home decor. Shaking out the rugs and washing the windows after a long winter feels satisfying, and then there’s the prospect of perhaps replacing some old, shabby furnishings with fresh new pieces.
Spring’s also when we start to see the decor trends that will find their way home both figuratively and literally through summer and fall.
Question: I?d like information on fertilizing my lawn and how to kill the weeds in the lawn, too. — D.I.
Answer: Lawns less than 10 to 15 years old should be fertilized three times a year in late May, early July and early September. Correlating fertilizer applications with Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day make timing easier to remember.
Everyone is asking, ?Can I plant now?” Some plant by the phases of the moon, some plant by the calendar and some simply guess at planting time by how the day feels. And often, Mother Nature fools us.
In actuality, the single most important thing to consider when deciding when to plant is the temperature of the soil. Temperature can drastically affect how seeds germinate and transplants grow.
Cheerful pastel pinks, yellows, greens and blues can seriously brighten up a room. Decorating with these potentially too-sweet shades can be tricky, but worth it.
“Pastels get a bad rap for being super-girly, sometimes being kind of ’80s, and for even skewing babyish. But they don’t have to be any of those things if you apply them in fresh ways,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of Flynnside Out Productions.
What exactly is it that makes a house look inviting from the outside? As I take my daily walk through neighborhoods, I’m a bit voyeuristic because I look at absolutely everything in every yard. The landscapes that intrigue me or invite me toward them are often not what I expected.
So often we think of the front landscape of our homes as something we basically do for the neighbors or people driving by. In fact, one of the basic principles of landscape design is to enhance the views to be seen when driving by in a car. This is certainly something to consider, but I wonder if perhaps we put too much stock in that and tend to depersonalize our yards in the process.
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.
An investigation into animal neglect at a Kenosha County farm shifted to a second location Saturday, with 30 additional dead calves found at a Paris farm.
BURLINGTON — Gina Diliberti typically creates sculpture from ice, but Saturday she was working with a more fragrant medium.
To kick off the Memorial Day weekend, “A Tribute to Our Veterans,” a display honoring Kenosha County’s fallen, wounded and still-standing service members, was unveiled at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kenosha History Center, 220 51st Place on Simmons Island.
A crash in Paddock Lake Friday just after 8:30 a.m. injured a motorcyclist.
SOMERS — On a day of reflection and celebration, the Shoreland Lutheran High School class of 2015 gave into the pomp and circumstance of the graduation ceremony Saturday morning, but once outside, it was all selfies and photo bombs.
It was a small but determined group that made their voices heard against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Kenosha’s third annual March Against Monsanto.
Kenosha Unified School District Superintendent Sue Savaglio-Jarvis is in the middle of developing a strategic plan for the district while navigating the evolving state budget landscape.
A crash left a man and a woman seriously injured and shut down a portion of Sheridan Road about 9 p.m. Friday.
As the investigation into the cause of the Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 60 people continues, the Kenosha County Division of Health is reaching out to the latino religious community.
BRIGHTON — The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a case of alleged animal abuse at a farm on Highway 75 in Brighton.
A 24-year-old Kenosha woman was charged with prostitution and drug possession on Friday after an undercover sting at a local hotel earlier this week.
In the Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow advises Dorothy which way to take at a crossroads, as he points simultaneously in opposite directions.
As promised, free, outdoor public Wi-Fi access to cover Kenosha’s lakefront and downtown areas will go online today.
TWIN LAKES — A new Twin Lakes police chief could be named as early as next week, Village Administrator Jennifer Frederick said Friday.
A local dermatologist who turned in his patients while working as a federal drug informant is coming under the scrutiny of the state’s Medical Examining Board, after a complaint was filed saying his behavior was unethical.
When the doors open Saturday morning at Cardinali’s Golden Krust Bakery, a Kenosha tradtion comes back to life.
Local residents seeking information on what to do during an emergency or a natural disaster could soon have a mobile application available at their fingertips.