Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time Saver Tip

One thing I've enjoyed through the years is watching perennials re-bloom in the pots they were planted in the previous year(s).  This way, I don't have to go out and buy new plants and then plant them.  An instant garden of delight appears on my deck each year.

Here is some Yarrow that was planted 3 years ago:

Here are some Garden Phlox (paniculata "Laura")--they have the most delicious smell!!!

Here are some mums that were given to me as a hostess gift years ago, somehow I haven't been able to kill them along the way:

These "bunny ears" were given to me by a neighbor at least 15 years ago:

How about some favorite hosta?  I've had to remove some of  my favorite hosta from the yard and place on my deck since the deer were eating them to the ground.  I dare them to walk onto my deck!!  So far so good...

Here's a wonderful jade plant that I've had for 20+ years.  I bring it inside each fall and outside each spring:

Of course nothing can replace the fresh basil and potato vines that have to be planted fresh each year:

Hope you're enjoying the summer weather and if you'd like to buy or sell a home call me today!


Monday, June 25, 2012

The case for the dehumidifier

If you are new to Northern Virginia or have recently acquired a home with a basement you'll understand what a dehumidier is.

  If you don't, a dehumidifier is a small machine that removes moisture from the air and deposits that moisture into a pan in the machine.  One can either empty the pan when it fills to the top or connect a hose to the machine so that it automatically drains to the floor drain in the concrete foundation.

Northern Virginia has a very humid climate and leaving that moisture in the air can create a lower level living area susceptible to mold and damage from moisture.  Not to mention the fact that a moisture ridden basement is often times too cold and uncomfortable to spend time in.

Dehumidifiers can be purchased at any hardward store for somewhere between $100-$200.  Keeping your home dry and free from mold is so important.

If you'd like to buy your dream home call me today,  I will treat your transaction as if it were my own.