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ask the gardener

Floral compass: Up north, bulbs surprise

Award-winning garden writer Carol Stocker offers advice on why hydrangeas and roses aren’t blooming but dahlias are.

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ACTON

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ALLSTON

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ABINGTON

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AMESBURY

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When is the best time to book a roofer? A carpenter? ...

Planning a home improvement project? Here’s how to beat the rush.

MY FIRST HOME

Public housing was the best place imaginable for me

In the post-World War II era, between 1954 and 1958, we lived in a veterans project in Chelsea.

ASK THE REALTOR

Why condo fees are worth further examination

Broker Marjorie Youngren talks about how the “love at first sight” allure of home buying can be perilous without a realtor’s advice.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Adding insulation? Do this first.

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers questions about insulation improvements, attic-heat loss, and patching hardwood floors.

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ABINGTON

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ALLSTON

HOME OF THE WEEK

With myriad windows, Acorn Deck House lets sun shine in

With its large windows and mix of stone and wood textures, this Acorn Deck House blends into its wooded setting in Lexington.

ROOM TO LOVE

Kitchen turns a corner with breakfast nook booth

Designer Lisa Kreiling, owner of LTK Interiors, created a family-friendly spot to gather and eat in a Newton kitchen newly renovated by Noury-Ello Architects.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Braintree?

Ed Beck, who worked at Braintree High School for 33 years, raised four children in the community south of Boston.

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What does your money buy in Braintree?

A sampling of homes on the market in Braintree includes a completely renovated ranch on a corner lot and a Colonial with an attached, heated garage and high-end details.

MY FIRST HOME

We took the plunge: Marriage and a Cape Cod rental

We were getting married and saving to buy a house. We got married and bought a rental on Cape Cod instead.

ASK THE GARDENER

What kind of wisteria should you buy?

Award-winning garden writer Carol Stocker digs deep into her trough of knowledge to advise readers on wimpy wisteria and flummoxing phlox.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Should you paint your basement?

Contractor Rob Robillard offers advice on removing paint from brick and painting basements.

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If (insert candidate name) is elected, I’m moving to Canada!

Not bluffing? Things you should know before you go, and some fill-in-the-blank fun to blow off steam.

This $6.7 million Victorian in Cohasset won in the Classic Homes category.

Two Mass. homes make HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt list

Two homes in Massachusetts are among the “most amazing homes for sale” in the world, according to voters.

HOME OF THE WEEK

Incredible art-filled home is a work of art itself

This $10 million home has a great room, which has hosted “persons of extraordinary talent, political influence, and historic renown.”

ADDRESS

Are health amenities becoming apartment perks?

Fuse Cambridge offers apartment wellness packages with circadian-rhythm lighting and vitamin C-infused showers, among other amenities, as part of a pilot program.

MY FIRST HOME

My house and I undergo makeovers

This summer my house and I are celebrating 30 years together, although with so many modifications we hardly recognize each other anymore.

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What does your money buy in Brewster?

A sampling of homes on the market in Brewster includes a Colonial with an art gallery and studio and a waterfront cottage with a fourth-floor bedroom fit for a commune of kids.

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What is it like to live in Brewster?

The town is full of natural beauty and historic treasures. While it fronts only Cape Cod Bay, the beaches draw mostly locals and are rarely overcrowded, even at the height of summer.

ASK THE CARPENTER

How to keep your dishwasher from tipping

Contractor Rob Robillard looks at ways to keep an exterior drain from freezing, a dishwasher from tipping, and wainscot paint from cracking.

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ABINGTON

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ALLSTON

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ACTON

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AMESBURY

ASK THE LANDSCAPER

Tips for planting a drought-resistant garden

There’s a lot of ways to use less water in the garden.

HOME OF THE WEEK

With parking and a patio, Charlestown home stands out

This detached single-family in Charlestown has four bedrooms, three fireplaces, and a wraparound brick patio with a cast-iron fence.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Portsmouth, N.H.?

“Portsmouth punches way above its weight level in terms of arts and culture,” said Tom Holbrook, 46, a father and bookstore owner in this coastal New Hampshire city.

ASK THE GARDENER

Is there a garden Godzilla in your yard?

Award-winning garden writer Carol Stocker answers readers’ questions about hefty hydrangeas and not-so-promising peonies.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Portsmouth, N.H.?

A sampling of properties on the market in this seacoast city include a Cape with hardwood floors and a “New Englander” in the desirable Little Harbor neighborhood.

ASK THE CARPENTER

In walkways, these bricks are path to disaster

Contractor Rob Robillard tackles questions about reusing chimney bricks and countering moist basements.

MY FIRST HOME

Our journey took us from Kabul to a commune

I had been excited about moving to Kabul, but after returning to the United States, I worried about feeling isolated in the suburbs.

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ALLSTON

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Tips to make the most of your little city backyard

Landscape, design, and garden professionals tackle sprucing up a postage-stamp parcel.

HOME OF THE WEEK

A condo in a late poet’s home is full of surprises

This Newton Victorian was once the home of famous poet and writer Celia Thaxter. It has been converted into two condo units.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What is it like to live in Hull?

Judeth Van Hamm was integral to preserving Hull’s past. Now she’s trying to protect its future.

ROOM TO LOVE: BATH

A bathroom design big on elegance, small on space

Barbara Elza Hirsch of Elza B. Design Inc. transformed homeowner Brenda Prescott’s gloomy 62-square-foot Cambridge bathroom into a still-diminutive yet glamorous jewel.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

What does your money buy in Hull?

A sampling of homes for sale in Hull includes a Colonial a block from the ocean and an updated Victorian with water views on all three levels.

ASK THE ARCHITECT

Cool ideas for tempering summer’s swelter

It is finally summer — a time when outdoor spaces are enjoyed and indoor spaces become hot and sticky.

MY FIRST HOME

For a single mom in the ’70s, unchartered territory

Mortgage papers in hand, I headed for my appointment with the bank. The ’70s were not kind to divorced single women, and I was prepared for rejection.

ASK THE CARPENTER

Pros, cons on installing solar cylinders

Contractor Rob Robillard answers readers’ questions about solar tubes and rotting window trim.