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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta HOME OF THE WEEK Frldqy, July J3, 1971 THE IETHBRIDOE HERALD 13 HOMOGRAF CO. OF CANADA 40 JARVIS ST. at KING EAST TORONTO 1, ONTARIO Please send me further details about how to obtain standard builder blueprints for Design No. 512 Or enclosed please find (plus 25 cents for hand- ling and mailing) for which send me the new Design Book entitled "Fourth and Country Homes Designed For Canadians." NAME (Leth.) The accent of this modern tri level is on spaciousness The covered porch protects th front entrance. The mid-level is all living room over 21 fee long with windows front and back. Family room, kitchen utility room and lavatory ar on the lower level with a nan dy snack bar between famil; room and kitchen. Family roon equals the living room in size Three bedrooms on the uppe level have master size dim ensions. A garage or carpor could easily be added by sim ply extending the living room roof and walls. Construction i. a combination of brick venee and frame and the design suited to any type of heating. YOUR GARDEN By Isabella R. Young, F.R.H.S. mis The Iris is fast becoming one of the most beautiful perennials in the garden, with their glis- tening 'rair.bow' of bloom from May until late June and early July. The Greek word for Iris means rainbow. The flowers used to be rather washed-out and dull in color, but now there are many beautiful Iris in golden yellows, light and dark blues, rich burgundies, Royal purple, deep copper, chocolate, henna reds, varie- gated white and blue, and many more. Planting or dividing is best done during the dormant per- iod which lasts from shortly after blooming until some time in August. The soil is still warm and moist making grow- ing conditions ideal, giving the plant plenty of time to estab- lish a root system before win- ter starts. It is then able to re- sist rot-creating bacteria bet- ter. This especially applies to the bearded Iris which are the best known and most common- ly grown, and have the widest range of.colors. The beardless can be planted in early spring or late summer and are mois- ture loving varieties, growing well around ponds. The tall, grassy leaved Siberian and Japanese varieties stand more shade than the bearded, but will also do well in full sun. Bearded Irises are shallow roo'.ers and as their rhizomes need sun baking to ensure that they flower and ripen well, it is important that the rhizome be just level or slightly above the surface of the soil. If given good drainage and the proper amount of sunlight they should reward you with a beautiful dis- play. After three to four years a dump of Iris tends to become crowded, resulting in small blooms and lack of vigor. Dig up and divide into pieces with a sharp knife, cutting away the old centre portion and any weak giowth, which is discard- ed. If you are buying new Iris immerse the rhizomes in a lit- tle water for a day or so, if Oiey appear dry- This will help to give the roots a quicker start. Dig two slanting holes, 10 in dies deep with a ridge be- tween, placing the rootstock on the ridge and spreading (lie roots into the holes. The plant will be firmly anchored when you press the earth around the roots. If the soil tends to be wet and heavy, it is a good idea to plant in slightly raised beds. This will overcome any prob- lem of water laying around the plants. However, on normal- ly, well drained soil, this is rot necessary. During the first winter, cover the rhizomes wi'.h nboiit one inch of earth. Once established, no further protec- tion should be required. Iris are quite compatible in beds with other perennials, es- pecially lilies and peonies. They also make a nice display in rock gardens or beside pools. Do not crowd. Place three )lants together spacing them about a foot apart. The showi- est effects are achieved by us- ing groups of one color and then groups of another color rather than having just one jlant of blue and one of yel- ow, etc. If your border is wide enough, low annuals or even serennials may be planted in :ront of the Iris to give addi- tional color for the remainder of the summer. Iris are lovely in flower arrangements and even the seed heads are quite ornamental for winter bou- quets. Mrs. B. Would you please tell me what I can do to make cut roses last longer. I cut them when they are fairly well open- ed up, but they usually last only for a day. Ans. Roses should be cut the sepals have turned bac After cutting put in war water (100 degrees F.) in a coo room, out of draughts, for se eral hours. Then condition keeping in the following sol tion 1 tbsp. sugar, 2 tbsp vinegar to 1 qt. water, plus tsp. of h'qmd bleach. Th will prevent the growth yeast and bacteria in the sug solution without harming t blooms. NOTE: All questions shoul be sent with self addressed stamped, envelope to Mrs I. R. Young, 3620 Centre St. N.W., Calgary 43. Due t the number of letters askln more than oue question it i requested in future enquirie that only ONE question submitted each time as it impossible for Mrs. Youn and do her practical garden to reply to all correspondent when the bud shows color and ing as well. Restoring old furniture Rescue those antiques from e attic and with just a little ork proudly display them as mily treasures To refinish a piece of furni- re you may have to remove old finish. A non-flamma. e, wax-free paint and varnish mover is safe and easy to ,e. Wear old clothes, work in well-ventilated area, and be ure to use rubber gloves to rotect your skin. Spread the remover on lib- Tally with a bnwh, stroking in me direction only. Apply to one ection at a time, letting it soak until the entire finish is soft, hen scrape carefully with a ull putty knife to avoid scratch- ng the wood. To take off re- lover in grooves or other icky areas, use steel wool, an Id tooth brush or a pointed tick. After scraping off the remov- er, sand the surface smooth, teginning with medium or fine p-ade paper and finishing with ery fine. Sand with the grain o prevent deep scratches in he wood. If the color isn't just right or your contemporary furnish- ings, change it. If the wood is 00 dark, brighten it with a "ommercially prepared wood ileach. Apply with a brush or ponge, letting it dry until you reach the right shade. Next, rinse according to the manufac- urer's directions When the fur- liture is perfectly dry it may ake a day or two sand light- y again with very fine paper. If the wood is too light, stain t. First, remove all exposed 1 a r d w a r e Then, clean off n-ease or dirt marks by sand-1 ng, or wiping with denatured alcohol. Apply the stain with a brush, working on one section at a ime. Let it stand for a few minutes, then wipe lightly with lint-free cloth until you ob- tain a uniform color. Begin with the more inconspicuous }arts, and do the front and top last. Let the stain dry over- night, and you're ready to apply 2ie varnish. After all your time and ef- fort, don't buy a cheap varnish. The Canadian Paint Manufac- turers Association recommends that you use a hard-drying fur- niture type which is resistant to water and other liquids. A smooth finish requires at least two coats, with light sanding between each. After sanding, always clean the surface com- pletely with a lint-free cloth. Never work in a dusty loca- tion or apply varnish when the air is humid or cold. Use a good quality brush in parallel strokes. Cross stroke immediately by brushing at right angles. Finally, with an almost dry brush, work paral- lel to the grain for a uniform finish If your final coat is marred Golden Hamsters from 1930 litter All golden hamsters are de- rived from a 1930 litter cap- tured in Aleppo, Syria, and raised at the Hebrew Univer- sity in Israel. by dust specks, or has too high a gloss, rubbing is the answer. Allow the varnish to harden for a week. You can use a com- mercial rubbing compound, or mix a paste of powdered pum- ice stone and mineral oil. Rub this on with the grain, using a pad of heavy, lintless cloth until the surface is completely smooth. To restore a high luster, a second polishing is necessary. Mix a paste of powdered rot- tenstone and oil, then rub as de- scribed above. When the desired luster is reached, rub off the residue with a clean cloth unit the surface squeaks. Now you've finished, and an uninspiring dust catcher has been changed into collector's item. a charming Green thumbers Among many dwarf mari- golds, the G-uich-tall Petites are most useful. Yellow, gold and orange flowered varieties are listed and a bieolor, Petite Har- mony, has blossoms with ma- hogany guard petals surround- ing a gold-crested center. Would you believe! There's a pumpkin especially selected for easy carving for jack o' lanterns, of course. Named Spookie, it is a cross between the varieties Early Sugar Pie and Jack O'Lantern. With small fruits, about 6 inches deep and the same in diameter, weighing about 6 pounds, it can be used for pies as well as carving. Rutabagas or Swedish turnips lake longer to mature th; a reg- ular turnips so seeds should be planted earlier mid-June to early July. Annual sunflowers are excel- lent as backgrounds for other flowers. Be certain to select a kind as there now are dwarf variteies. What is a garden without mignonette? Flowers are not showy in any way but they are delightfully fragrant, with a scent that is different from any other flower. Iceland poppies, although per- ennials, will bloom the first year if seeds are sown at tho earliest possible date. New York harbor is most perfect New York's natural harbor is one of the most perfect in the world because of its ample water area, depth, shelter, good access and small tides. Stay extended JERUSALEM (Reuter) Is- raeli Interior Minister Yosef Burg has decided to extend by one month the stay here of Meyer Lansky, considered a top figure in United States gam- bling circles, it was announced Wednesday. A decision has not been made on Lansky's request for Israeli citizenship. Appliance care saves money By MR. FIX I With the cost of appliance repairs going up all the time some people may decide it is cheaper to throw an appliance away at the first sign of a mal- function and buy a new one. It becomes more important than ever to give appliances proper maintenance and to avoid unnecessary service calls. Proper care will make appli- ances last longer, work better. The instruction book supplied by the manufacturer is your best guide. It will tell you how much laundry and detergent to use in a washer, how much air space to leave around a refrig- erator and whether to use dis- tilled or tap water in a steam iron. These may seem like small matters but neglect In just such areas leads to trouble. Save such booklets and save parts lists as well. Armed with a model number and the part number you can order and re- place many parts yourself. Af- ter all, it doesn't take an ex- pert to replace a cracked wash- ing machine agitator, a broken handle, a wornout spring. It's an elementary thing but check to see that appliances arc properly connected. Some arc left connected all the time. Others, such as electric irons and toasters, should be discon- nected when not in use- Turning off the water sup- ply at the valves will save wear on automatic washers. An auto- matic dryer that doesn't dry properly or doesn't seem to turn oft in time may be suffering from nothing more than a clog- ged lint filter. Appliance cords wear out in time. If the appliance goes on and off as you move the cord there is probably a short in it. Replace it entirely. Plugs may no longer remain tight in the outlet and should be replaced. Sometimes a cord pulls loose from the appliance; a problem more common to vacuum cleaners. Remove the frayed ends and bare enough wire to wr rap around the terminals or to other wires inside the appli- ance. If you are splicing wires solder or use solderless connec- tors. Twisting and taping is not enough. Use insulating tape over your connections. Keep appliances properly lu- bricated. Your owner's manual will tell you how often and how much. Acquaint yourself oiling points. Felt inside an oi cup should be kept moist with oil, not wet. If fuses keep blowing' out when the washer starts up or the refrigerator goes on, try to connect the appliance on a dif- ferent circuit. Or eliminate oth- er items from that circuit to avoid overloading. Some appliances have fuses within them. Ranges, dryers washers, and even some smal appliances have fuses built in Learn where such fuses are lo- cated and have spares on hand Vacuum cleaner bags get fill ed and then the cleaner fails to pick up- Replace bags fre- quently. Tank type cleaners that fail to pick up may have a blocked hose. Clean out with a long wire. Refer to manufacturer's boolclet for parts numbers Bl SIMPSONS- HOT PANTS CLEARANCE! The Hot-Shot Fashion of the Year A colorful array of fashion hot pants at drastically reduced prices. Group includes jersey knits, cottons and fortrels. Huge assortment of styles and colors to choose from. Misses sizes 8-18, Junior sizes 7-15. Three groups to choose from: STORE HOURS: Open Daily 9 a.m. to p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Centre VillaBe, Telephone 328-9231 ;