February 16, 2003
Gardeners are forever looking for something to wrap a flower bed around. There has to be a bed along the front of the porch, and others might be carved out around a garden shed, a birdbath or the trunks of shade trees. For many people, there's another opportunity right out by the curb: the mailbox. A garden bed around a mailbox gives gardeners a chance to put their horticultural stamp where it's sure to show. In the midst of handsome shrubs, interesting ornamental grasses or hard-working annual and perennial flowers, a standard-issue mailbox on a post becomes a piece of functional art. When there's a flower bed to visit, the trip out to the mailbox is much more interesting, even if the postman brings nothing but bills.
April 25, 2011
Always, there were those lovely old country estates and gracious manor taverns with roaring fireplaces, but in the old days fine dining was associated with the city. Not so anymore. Now, there are more compelling reasons than ever for diners to cross county lines for a good meal. The 50 best county restaurants in Howard County, Anne Arundel County and Baltimore County is a mix of the old and the new, destinations for special occasions and joints for Monday night suppers, the chef-driven and crowd-pleasing.
March 9, 2012
On Thursday, my iPad said the temperature was 75. Daffodils and crocuses all over Baltimore bloomed. Ditto Okame cherry trees. The buds on Yoshinos cherry trees swelled, but they did not open to create the pink ballerina tutus that make Yoshinos famous. That is a good thing. The current warm-up continued a warmer than usual winter. Much warmer than usual. So warm that for the first time since I started using Dracaena plants at the center of my summer annual containers, they did not die back in winter.
April 11, 2010
The Longfellow Elementary School Springtastic Spring Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 at the school, 5470 Hesperus Drive in Columbia. There will be games, a silent auction, dunk tank, food and more. Admission is free. Information: 410-313-6879.
March 21, 2010
An afternoon of fun, featuring crafts, games, children's activities, food and more, will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. today at the Laurel Museum, 817 Main St. Cost is $5 per child, free for parents. Reservations required. Call 301-725-7975 or go to laurelhistoricalsociety.org.
April 29, 2011
To celebrate 40 years of service, Amtrak is letting kids ride free on trips booked before May 6th for travel through June 9th. Click here for all the details. Almost makes me wish I had kids; almost.