You could almost mistake beautiful ranunculi for roses. If you live in USDA zones 8-10, plant the bulbs 2" deep in the fall. In cooler climates, ranunculus won’t survive the winter, so wait until spring to tuck them into the garden or containers, and expect the blooms to open in late summer. (You'll need to buy new bulbs next spring.) Plant the bulbs with the claw-shaped side facing down.
If you can't throw it in the wash, you can clean your upholstery with a mixture of four parts warm water with one part laundry detergent. Use a rough sponge or a soft bristle brush to apply the cleaning mixture to your upholstery, then wipe away any remaining suds or dirt with a damp, clean cloth.
Longtime small house advocate Sheri Koones' new book Downsize: Living Large in a Small House offers interior and exterior images of 33 houses that tell the story of the various reasons homeowners decide to go small: empty-nesters, retirees and people simply ready to simplify and make their lives more budget-friendly are some of the justifications for downsizing.
A case in point, at just 1,436 square feet (all houses in the book are 2,000 square feet or less), this Corning, New York home was built as a forever home for a retiring arts administrator who chose an open-plan, one-level design to better help her with a goal of aging in place.
For best results, plant tulip bulbs, pointed ends up, about 6-8 weeks before the first hard frost in your area. Larger bulbs should be planted deeper (usually 8-10” deep) than smaller ones (usually 5-6” deep). Because tulips need a certain amount of cold weather to flower, they may not come back after the first year or two. If you live in a mild climate, ask your local county extension service agent if you should buy pre-chilled tulip bulbs, or chill them yourself, in your refrigerator, before you plant.