Abode & Abloom

Recommendations to keep your plants healthy in the summer

In these lazy hazy days of the hot summer you may ask yourself, “What should I do to keep my plants looking good and happy through the summer?”

Here are a few simple tips:

Lewes farmers’ market adding Wednesday market

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market this week announced that it plans to open a second producer-only farmers’ market on Wednesdays at Kings Highway, across from Crooked Hammock Brewery, starting Wednesday, July 13.

Room for 19 in this downtown Bethany home

Coastal Point • Submitted: This cozy hexagonal reading room provides rainy-day comfort for the owners of this home in downtown Bethany Beach, which is one of the homes being featured in the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: This cozy hexagonal reading room provides rainy-day comfort for the owners of this home in downtown Bethany Beach, which is one of the homes being featured in the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.(Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home have called Bethany Beach their part-time home for 35 years. When the family of six grew to a family of 19, including nine grandchildren, the owners realized that they had outgrown their cozy townhome on Parkwood Street. Soon thereafter, they discovered that a lot was for sale in downtown Bethany, within a stone’s throw of their old house. They bought it in one day.

Bruce Mears guided them in the design and 2014 construction of a 3,700-square-foot home that was open, informal and big enough, with six bedrooms and 3.5 baths, to fit the huge clan. The trapezoid lot provided an opportunity for some unique architectural features, including a cozy hexagonal reading room.

Barefoot Gardeners flower show to bloom Saturday

The Barefoot Gardeners are all about sharing their passion with others, and this weekend is no exception. The group is putting its best leaves forward in its second annual Small Standard Flower Show to be held Saturday, June 25, at the Brandywine Senior Living complex west of Fenwick Island.

A love affair with Bethany Beach continues in this new home

Coastal Point • Submitted : Family and guests can enjoy gathering in this new Bethany retreat, which is part of the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour for 2016.Coastal Point • Submitted : Family and guests can enjoy gathering in this new Bethany retreat, which is part of the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour for 2016.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home had been enjoying vacations at her parents’ Bethany Beach cottage for the past 34 years when the house across the street became available. With a double lot that includes park views, there was room for a spacious new five-bedroom, five-bath retreat that would be big enough for them and their extended families to enjoy for generations to come.

From the marine blue shutters to the aquamarine backyard pool, the home reflects the owners’ vision to create a “beachy, blue and beautiful” retreat. Inside, the 5,500-square-foot home is saturated in myriad shades of sea-glass blue, evoking the nuances of the ocean, which is just blocks away.

Pet preparations to take during tropical storm season

Tropical storm season is upon us again. It runs from June 1 through Nov. 31, but after that, it is time for the winter storms. So, basically, if you live around here, it is best to just always be prepared for possible flooding, power outages and evacuations. And, if you own a pet, you should make preparations for them, too.

More fun than a barrel of monkeys, and views, too

Coastal Point • Submitted: Views of Bethany and the ocean may be enjoyed from the many decks of this house, which is part of the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: Views of Bethany and the ocean may be enjoyed from the many decks of this house, which is part of the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.(Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The history of the owner of this house with Bethany Beach runs deep. She’s spent every summer since the 1950s there — first as a child in her family’s beach house, then while serving as the first female ocean lifeguard in Delaware.

As an adult, she’s owned several homes in the area and is also the proprietor of the town’s only miniature golf course. Although she works full time in Washington, D.C., as an attorney, she still manages to spend the summer in Bethany in order to manage that business.

Expansive views of the Indian River Bay highlight this waterfront home

Coastal Point • Submitted: Diners sitting at this Indonesian mahogany table in this Cottage Tour home enjoy unobstructed views of the bay.Coastal Point • Submitted: Diners sitting at this Indonesian mahogany table in this Cottage Tour home enjoy unobstructed views of the bay.(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27-28, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

After vacationing in the Bethany Beach area for 18 years, the owners of this house and their two adult daughters began looking for more breathing room and found the perfect waterfront location in Irons Landing.

Completed in August of 2015, this 5,863-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has a commanding view of the Indian River, accessed by multiple decks, porches, an expansive lawn and a generous dock for launching the family’s three boats.

To counteract the northern exposure on the water side of the house, they’ve created an open and airy layout bathed in natural light from every direction. The owner has kept the décor simple and serene, preferring the continuity of using the same neutral wall color and hickory floors throughout the home, a look she says was inspired by the beach house in the movie “Something’s Got to Give.”

An archeologist’s finds touched by an artistic flair flourish in this Bay Forest home

Coastal Point • Submitted: A cast-off bathing suit, cap and Cottage Tour fan have become a fun decorative touch in this quirky home, which will be among those featured on the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.Coastal Point • Submitted: A cast-off bathing suit, cap and Cottage Tour fan have become a fun decorative touch in this quirky home, which will be among those featured on the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home were looking for a community to enjoy playing in, rather than just a weekend beach getaway. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home they found in Bay Forest was a perfect fit, offering an abundance of interesting people, fun activities, great happy hours, a fantastic pool and plenty of walking trails for their “poorly behaved Aussie.”

The owners first met as young archeologists and ever since have shared a love of digging in trash pits in search of history. She has continued the search for anything with a past, finding beauty in cast-offs and then recycling into collectible treasures them with her trademark artistic flair.

Bethany, Sea Colony farmers’ markets ready to start

The Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market and the Farmers’ Market at Sea Colony are set to reopen June 12 and 15, respectively, sharing many of the same growers in a producers-only showcase of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Botanic Gardens adds two new board members

The Delaware Botanic Gardens board of directors has elected two new members, Ruth Rogers Clausen and Janet Meenehan Point. The additions bring to 10 the number of board members who are working to open the garden along Pepper Creek in Dagsboro. An Advisory Council adds a dozen professionals to the project’s expertise.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 3: Home features antiques, art collection

Coastal Point • Submitted The breakfast nook and gourmet kitchen are a feature to note in this downtown Bethany Beach home, which will be part of the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.Coastal Point • Submitted The breakfast nook and gourmet kitchen are a feature to note in this downtown Bethany Beach home, which will be part of the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

After vacationing at the beaches of the Mid-Atlantic for many years, in the mid-1980s, the owners of this home gravitated to a small cottage in Bethany Beach. In 2014, they sold their house in Northern Virginia, tore down the cottage and built a new 3,300-square-foot three-story home, moving to Bethany permanently upon its completion in July 2015.

The design of the house represents the owners’ desire for a greater balance between outdoor and indoor living space. Thus, the house boasts two spacious stacked front porches, each fronted by a pair of walnut-stained French doors, to beckon family and friends to come outside. An additional covered porch spans the rear of the house.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 1

Coastal Point • Submitted : Architectural features abound in this new home in Bethany Beach, which will be featured on the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted : Architectural features abound in this new home in Bethany Beach, which will be featured on the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.

New home offers ocean views for long-time visitors

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27-28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this contemporary 4,500-square-foot home had enjoyed vacations in their Ocean City, Md., condo since 1995 but began to search for something quieter as their children grew into adulthood. While biking through Bethany in 2011, they discovered an ocean-view lot and began working with Summer Hill Builders to design a home for their growing family, with an eye toward eventual retirement. Completed in 2015, this home’s six bedrooms and 4.5 baths easily accommodate their four adult children and guests.

A distinctive three-story glass chandelier in the winding staircase serves as a centerpiece that unites all three floors and sets the stage for the artistic use of decorative glass throughout the home.

Training for beachnesting bird monitors scheduled for May 14

Volunteers who want to help protect Delaware’s endangered piping plovers and other beachnesting birds by joining DNREC’s monitoring team are being invited to a training session from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 14, at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Biden Environmental Training Center, 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive, Lewes.

Cape Farm & Garden Tour scheduled for June 11 along coast

Visitors can experience three unique Delmarva farms and gardens up close and personal as part of the 2016 Cape Farm & Garden Tour, to be held rain or shine on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in coastal Sussex County.

Annual Native Plant sale set to bloom this weekend at James Farm

No matter how a garden grows, the “Gardening for the Bays” Native Plant Sale set for Saturday, April 30, has something to make it even more spectacular this year.

The annual sale, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, offers thousands of plants for sun, shade, wet gardens and sandy soils.

Ocean View council continues trash talk

Although William Olsen doesn’t yet have the votes needed for Town-managed trash collection, he’s moving forward in an attempt to simplify waste hauling in Ocean View.

At the Nov. 10 Town Council meeting, Olsen modeled his current proposal on the Town of Bridgeville’s process of the low bidder providing waste collection.

CIB to host cocktail party to celebrate 10 years of native plants

The Center for the Inland Bays will hold a cocktail party on Friday, May 2, prior to their 10th annual Native Plant Sale.

“We have been doing the plant sale for 10 years now, and we thought it would be a fun way to celebrate that, as well as start celebrating for our 20th anniversary this year,” said Jenn Jones, development coordinator for the center.

Ocean View council gets a new face on board

The Ocean View Town Council held its reorganizational meeting on Tuesday night, and swore in Geoff Christ and Bill Olsen as councilmen.

Christ will resume his council duties representing District 2 after running unopposed. He was also sworn in as the mayor pro tem of the town.

KENTucky Derby time on the horizon

It’s hard for Kim McCullough to believe that this year will mark the eighth annual KENTucky Derby fundraising event, dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Kent, and set to be held at North Beach in Dewey on Saturday, May 4, from 4 to 8 p.m.

From MCA to Mother's day -- connected somehow

I was struck by a wave of nostalgia last week. Actually, I was gobbled up by the wave, tossed on to the beach where I was subsequently picked up by a gust of wind and thrown back into the ocean so the wave would jerk me about like a lottery ball.

Freeman Stage requests support from County as milestone nears

Bayside arena prepares for 100,000th visitor

Freeman Foundations Executive Director Patti Grimes spoke with Sussex County Council this week about the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation’s progress over the last five years, and the council put a request for $5,000 for transportation funds for the Freeman Stage at Bayside’s outreach mission on their agenda for next week.

The Dirt — New plants for a new year

Well, I got off the peninsula for a day this month. It was the first time in two and a half years. I even made it across the Bay Bridge and back without a panic attack (thank you, Kindle!). The reason for this rare occurrence? The Mid-Atlantic Nurserymen’s Trade Show (MANTS), of course.

Knowledge is key in buying or selling a home

As a recovering economy slowly, yet surely, claws its way back, those who have all but lost patience in the rollercoaster ride of the real estate market may finally be able to catch their breath these days. Prudential Gallo real estate agent Barbara Morales has reason to believe that an upturn is right around the corner. Will you be ready when it arrives?

Special Bible goes 'green' too

Thirteen young members of Saint Ann’s Youth Organization (SAYO) gathered recently under the direction of their coordinator Dawn Zimmerman and used part of a school holiday to listen to a teaching by Andy Zampini of the Wilmington Dicocese Office of Justice. Zampini talked about the Catholic Church’s seven principles of Social Justice, the seventh having to do with protecting “green justice.”

Battling (and enjoying) Mother Nature with tech

Every year at about this time, hibernating gardeners and yard lovers begin to emerge from winter’s period of rest and recuperation, tasked with again battling against the banes of too-tall grass, uncooperative garden conditions and even more uncooperative varmints. But all of their toil and trouble could be made at least a little easier with the judicious application of a little technology.

Sizing up HDTV technologies

With so many advances in recent flat panel technology, alot of questions have arisen as to what kind of HDTV one should buy. Do you get a plasma, LCD or the new laser TV? Well each has its pluses and minuses, and I’m here to help you out.

Lilyfield on Irons Lane

Some people might not know Sussex County has its own mini-Longwood Gardens off of Irons Lane in Clarksville. Then again, some people know it all too well.

Outdoor kitchens are the 'in' thing

In the past few years, outdoor kitchens have become the fastest growing trend in home improvement. Many are finding out that a kitchen on the exterior of a home can create an entirely new atmosphere, greatly appreciate the value of a home and provide endless possibilities in the realm of cooking and entertainment.

What we don't want blossoming

We’ve all had unwelcome visitors in our home. Those relatives who don’t know when to leave, door-to-door salesmen we’re too polite to boot out the front door or friends who just don’t seem to understand boundaries.

And there’s a pretty good chance you have some mold lying around, too.

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