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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Perk Up Your Patio with These Plants

May 1, 2015 12:12 am

Nothing brightens up an outdoor space quite like blooming flowers and thriving greenery. Whether you’d like to upgrade your deck, porch or patio, consider planting these florae, recommended by the experts at garden plant grower Monrovia.
  • Hydrangeas – Beloved for their large, colorful blooms, hydrangeas thrive in full sun to part shade and should be planted in moist, rich soil. If you live in a drier climate, water them two or more times each week. 
  • Gardenias – Known for their distinct fragrance, gardenias can be grafted onto hardy rootstock to make them easier to grow and less prone to disease.
  • Peonies – Available in an array of colors, peonies are a popular pick, especially itoh peonies, which are a hybrid of herbaceous and tree varieties. Itoh peonies have an extended bloom season and disease resistance, and are much less expensive than when they were first introduced.
  • Peruvian Lilies – Great for cut flower arrangements, Peruvian lilies will provide fresh flowers to adorn your home’s interior all summer long. To boost growth, start off with a bulb and give them ample space in a container or within a garden.
  • Roses – A welcome gift for many, groundcover roses are pest and disease resistant, and require minimal pruning and no dead-heading.
  • Edible Plants – Fruit-bearing plants like blueberry or raspberry shrubs make great long-lasting gifts. They flower in spring, fruit in summer and display colorful foliage in the fall.
Source: Monrovia

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Americans Give High Marks for Finances

April 30, 2015 2:09 am

A majority of Americans are confident in their most recent big financial decision, such as picking a credit card, buying a car or refinancing a mortgage, and as many as 59 percent say they deserve an “A” or a “B” when it comes to their personal financial knowledge, according to a recent survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

However, this confidence may be somewhat misguided. Per the survey, 70 percent of Americans are worried about their personal finances, as 60 percent spend without a budget and 21 percent spend more than they did in the previous year.

Additionally, only six percent of Americans feel their student loans were a good investment, and more adults would advise against student loans than would recommend them. Of those who are repaying their own student loans or their children’s loans, 58 percent say they are unable to establish emergency or retirement savings or purchase a car as a result of that financial commitment.

This overconfidence may be the result of progressing success in credit card debt management. Although one in three households carry credit card balances from month to month, the percentage with balances below $2,500 has increased by four percentage points over last year, while the proportion of those with balances of $2,500 or more has decreased by the same amount. This may suggest that people who carry credit card debt are doing so with lower balances than they had in the past.

Source: NFCC

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