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For gorgeous blooms in the summer heat, you can’t beat lantanas

To see lantana in all its glory, visit Palm Springs on an average 110-degree summer’s day. Mounds of them in public landscaping are still intense when the mercury nudges 120. This tells you that no matter how hot it is where you live, lantana can take it and keeps on blooming. In fact, it does even better in blast furnace conditions.

Home & Garden

Shopping tips for firepits

A firepit is more than just a place to roast marshmallows. Choose carefully and it can be a sculptural feature in the yard even when it is not in use, as well as an open invitation to family and friends.

Home & Garden

No need to get all bent over sculpture rust

Q: A Haitian wrought-iron sculpture has been hanging on our back porch for a few years and suffered consequences of the weather. Once black, it is covered with rust. The sharp edges make us wary of cleaning it ourselves. Is there a service that would restore it to its former rustic charm?

Religion

Editorial: Priest versus church: case should be tried, public deserves answers

By the time a nasty quarrel reaches the Florida Supreme Court, it's usually about more than just the people involved. If it doesn't have a broader implication for the public or for the law, the court is not likely to want to hear it. But if there is a significant public policy question, the court serves the people best when it interprets its jurisdiction liberally and agrees to take the case.

Family

Parents @ Play: All washed up

Summer's here, and it's time to head outside. And while you're there, why not get wet? Really, really wet. Here are our current water-themed faves for the whole family.

This cute yellow Lab puppy is learning to hunt truffles on California farm

Tim Boatman is training his yellow Lab puppy, Stella, to search for black truffles growing on the roots of oak trees on his Templeton, California, farm.