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On Gardening: Milkweed feasting more than you realize

As we all strive to get our hands on every native milkweed for our states and to the ultimate benefit of the Monarch butterfly I thought I might plug its use for the other guys. Your first thought might be I'm talking about the Queen or Soldier butterflies that are related to the Monarch and also must have milkweeds as larval host plants.

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Design Recipes: 9 tips for using mirrors in your space

Mirrors are one of those accessories that tend to be either overused or underused. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors and finishes, and as such serve as the perfect complement to nearly any space. Mirrors can be purposeful in design, and if used thoughtfully, can add considerable value to a space both aesthetically and functionally.

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How to lay out your entryway, according to a feng shui expert

We all want to come home to a healthy and happy home and leave our place in the morning with a good mindset too. But often, little things we barely notice in our day-to-day routine can alter our mood when we walk through the door. Piles of unopened mail, a lock that gets stuck easily or pairs of shoes that can easily be tripped over can affect our psyche even if we don't realize it. Additionally, things that are virtually impossible to notice can also negatively impact our day-to-day: the placement of a mirror or the type of plants you own, for example.

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Yardsmart: Bleeding heart is ideal native perennial for shade in dry gardens

They crouched at the toe of a north-facing cliff, all hearts and flowers in a mass of pink. It flew by so fast I was unable to look closely, so I parked and hiked back to the rock face. Fine land slide material had built up over many years in one spot, just inches at the toe. In this well-drained, relatively infertile mineral soil grew the Pacific bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa). It was my first view of the plants in habitat, a very curious place for an understory perennial to grow.

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Style at Home: The joy of dining: A spring table at my cottage

As the flowers poke out of the ground, and the leaves bud on the trees, another force of nature comes back alive: my desire to entertain. In the winter months, Dan and I don't have folks over as much, preferring to cocoon when we're home. But one of my rites of spring is dressing my table and sending out invites, welcoming friends back to our cottage.

Real Estate News

Hot Property: Verily, 'tis the King's custom

Dustin Brown and the L.A. Kings are making another run in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but away from the ice, the star right winger is making a play of a different sort: He and his wife, Nicole, have put their home in Manhattan Beach up for sale at $6.999 million.

How well do you know Sacramento’s recycling rules? Test yourself

See if you know what goes in the blue bin under the current recycling rules for the city of Sacramento and Sacramento County.
Sharon Okada The Sacramento Bee