Indoor comfort, outdoor convenience

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April 27, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Outdoor furniture was never supposed to be quite this comfortable. Or was it? Smith & Hawken has just introduced Hadley Peak, a new line of comfy and stylish teak outdoor furniture, reminiscent of '30s-era club designs.

The Hadley Peak collection includes the sofa ($1,399 plus $289 cushion), lounge chair ($799 plus $99 cushion), ottoman ($399 plus $89 cushion), coffee table ($429) and end table ($379), all pictured.

Hadley Peak furniture is made to endure the outdoor elements and needs no storing, covering or maintenance. The cushions, too, (which are optional) are weather-resistant. Visit the Web site, www.smithandhawken.com, or the stores in Mount Washington or Chevy Chase, or call 800-940-1170.

Channel gardening enthusiasm

Sure, you love your garden. But do you love it too much? Are you over- doing it, using the wrong tools or planting too soon? Not sure? Ace Hardware has come up with the five most common gardening mistakes and remedies to help you love your garden just enough:

* Wrong tools. For planting flowers or digging small holes, purchase a spade or garden trowel, or get a claw-like tool to loosen soil. For planting shrubs or small trees, pick up a shovel with a rounded point and long fiberglass handles.

* Spring pruning. Check with your local garden center about which plants should be pruned in the fall. Pruning at the wrong time can damage the plant and invite disease. So put your shears down and step away from the plant, at least until the time is right.

* Ill-timed reseeding. The best time for reseeding is in early spring, when it's warm and the chances for frost have passed. Re-member to rake your lawn first to remove any dead grass and debris.

* Overwatering. It's true what they say about too much of a good thing. Too much water may encourage fungi and weed growth. Give your greenery roughly two inches of water each week.

* Planting too soon. Wait until temperatures are above freezing for planting trees and shrubs. Wait until soil temperatures hover in the 50-degree range in the spring before sowing seeds for a vegetable garden.

The Thymes, they are a changin'

Ah, the power of smell. The Thymes, a creator of home care and bath and body products, knows this. They know we're weak in the knees for wonderful scents.

The Thymes has expanded its Home Keeping Collection line to offer several new products and fragrances. Washing the dishes may be less of a chore with the new Dishwashing Liquid for the Sink (pictured, $9), available in Cedarwood Mint or Mandarin Corian-der scents. Other new items include floor cleaners, liquid laundry detergents and ironing water.

Products range in price from $9 to $25, and are available online at www.thymes.com or at specialty retailers. Call 800-366-4071 for information.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

Events

* Reico Kitchen & Bath is offering free do-it-yourself seminars for homeowners, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at stores in Annapolis, Bel Air and Elkridge. Attendees will learn tips on maximizing space, and hear about the latest trends and products on the market. Bring kitchen measurements. Call 800-REICO-11 or visit www.reico.com to register.

* See and purchase an array of rhododendrons and azaleas at a show and sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 4 at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center, 1229 Washington Road, Westminster. The Mason-Dixon Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society sponsors the event. Call 410-321-6822 for information.

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