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Freaks of the plant world

Plants are prone to a particular deformation that produces a flattened, fan-shaped growth pattern called fasciation. It can be alarming if unexpected, and stunning when cultivated — a quirky addition to your garden.

Home & Garden

On Gardening: Colorful storm brewing in the spring garden

There has been a storm brewing in North Carolina and it is one that will prove to beautify our landscapes across the country. The Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station in Mills River N.C. already horticultural heroes of sorts with their incredible white flowered Sweet Tea Mountain Gordlinia are now bringing the landscape the Double Take Storm flowering quinces with the most shocking blooms you ever imagined.

Home & Garden

Answer Man: Does changing the direction of a ceiling fan really save you money?

Q: They say you're supposed to reverse the direction of ceiling fans in the winter to improve the circulation of warm air, thus helping your furnace's heating efficiency while reducing your utility bill. But most homes have their warm air ducts at floor level. My house is a little funny in that a previous owner who installed the HVAC system had the ducts placed near the ceiling. Do the same rules still apply?

Fashion

A brand to know: Club Monaco

NEW YORK - It's time to join the club - Club Monaco, that is. This Canadian retail concept with stores across the country is owned by Polo Ralph Lauren and specializes in mid-priced, high-end casual clothing, shoes and accessories for women and men. (Think J. Crew or Banana Republic, but more relaxed and unexpected.)

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Videos

Children play the National Anthem on violins

Children from the Suzuki Association of South Florida perform the National Anthem on violin as the University of Miami hosts Clemson in basketball.
Al Diaz adiaz@miamiherald.com
Children play the National Anthem on violins 1:43

Children play the National Anthem on violins

Westminster Dog Show features new breeds 1:17

Westminster Dog Show features new breeds

Mount Sinai celebrates lives of former preemies at 'Out of the world' party 1:01

Mount Sinai celebrates lives of former preemies at 'Out of the world' party

Man receives speech-assistance device to help him communicate 1:33

Man receives speech-assistance device to help him communicate