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The Forever Faithful Perennial

The Forever Faithful Perennial

There’s nothing more trustworthy than a good, hardy perennial. These plants might go dull in the winter, but you can rest assured they’ll return faithfully the following year. Perennials have the power to keep your landscape alive with new colors, fragrances, and wildlife all season long — as long as you treat them well. While they’re well-known for their minimal maintenance, there are still some things to keep in mind.

When to Plant Perennials

Planting is both an exciting and stressful time for plants. Most perennial plants need a modest amount of moisture to survive, especially when they’re just trying to establish themselves. The best time to plant your perennials is during the transitional seasons: spring and fall.

In our area, we fall into hardiness Zone 6a, and, lucky for us, perennial plants tend to do very well in this zone! However, spring carries with it a lot of cold weather. If you plant too early and your young plants are caught in a particularly bad frost, they may not grow at all. Avoid a disappointing garden by paying attention to frost dates. The last frost in Missouri and Kansas typically happens in mid April (but lately, we have had some pretty crazy weather!), so wait until after then to plant new perennials. Even then, check the forecast and be wary of the conditions your new plants may be subject to. It’s best to err on the side of caution and plant when you’re confident that the weather is going to cooperate.

Of course, the ground has to be unfrozen to plant anything in it. One test to see if the soil is workable is to grab a handful of it and squeeze it tight. If your soil sticks together, it’s a little too wet. If it crumbles, it’s in workable shape and you can start planting!

Any perennials you plant in summer will need a lot more attention and water to encourage growth. Avoid digging up perennials in bloom during this season. Just let them do their thing.

How to Plant / Balancing Bloomers

The term ‘perennial’ encompasses thousands and thousands of plants. Naturally, they don’t all bloom at the same time. The key to keeping an interesting garden all season long is to interplant species that flower at different times in the summer. That way, you always have something new blossoming in your garden. It’s those little pops of new color that keep something exciting happening all the time. Here are a few model varieties of gorgeous perennials that bloom at different times in the summer:

Late Spring / Early Summer Bloomers

For your early summer flowering perennials, consider giving these plants a try:

clematis

Clematis: Creeping up several feet tall, clematis produce single, colorful flowers in shades of blue, pink, red, and white. They continue to bloom all the way into fall, and they prefer lots of sunlight and damp soil.

Siberian-iris

Caesar’s Brother Siberian Iris: This deep violet flower rises up on tall, poker-straight stems that really stand out along borders. They thrive in moist soils better than most, and are extremely resilient and adaptable. Just make sure you water them regularly, especially during hot dry weather.

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Peony: This lush, romantic flower is very popular for wedding bouquets and decor. Its massive blooms are a true work of art and some of our favorites are Sarah Bernhardt, Bowl of Beauty, and Bartzella Itoh. Their stems are nice and sturdy, so you won’t have to worry about staking them to keep them upright.

Creeping-phloox

Creeping Phlox: This fabulous groundcover plant spreads like wildfire and is great for rock gardens, as it creeps its way up rocks and rough terrain with ease. Its densely packed flowers create a carpet of vivid color that’s truly breathtaking. So long as it has full sun and is watered regularly, it will thrive beautifully.

Midsummer Flowering Perennials

These flowers bloom beautifully in the prime of summer:

Balloon-Flowers

Balloon Flowers: Balloon flowers are easy to care for, and are named as such because their buds balloon before blossoming. Among a few different colored varieties, balloon flowers can come in a very striking, deep blue.

coreopsis

Coreopsis: These sun-lovers come in bright, warm colors and attract all sorts of butterflies. They make great cut flowers.

salvia

Salvia: Tall stalks of blossoms adorn this beautiful plant in all different shades of blue, purple and red, with a few less common varieties in shades of yellow and white. It’s actually a member of the mint family, and its aroma is absolutely divine.

lavendar

Lavender: With a pleasant fragrance and characteristic purple color, you can’t go wrong with growing some lavender in your garden.

monarda

Monarda: Also known as bee balm, these vibrant flowers lure in pollinators like a magnet. Planting monarda in either spring or autumn will give you the best results. Some varieties can grow up to 4 feet tall, and they spread quite a bit, so dividing the root ball and replanting every 2 or 3 years will save it from getting overcrowded.

Late Summer / Early Fall Perennials

These plants are perfect reminders that summer is still hanging on:

aster

Aster: Asters provide great coverage in your flower beds, and bloom small flowers in reds, blues, and purples. They grow easily enough in a richer soil without much maintenance.

chelone

Chelone Hot Lips: This mounded plant has gorgeous blue-green foliage that contrasts beautifully with its pink clusters of flowers. It makes a great border plant, reaches to around 2 feet tall and spreads 2 feet across.

lobelia

Lobelia Cardinalis: The bright ruby red racemes of this fabulous perennial can be seen from miles away! It does best in moist clay soils, so if your soil is very loamy, make sure to water is generously.

When Fall Arrives

These are just a few of the endless perennial plants that can complete your garden. When fall rolls around, pay attention to any perennial pruning and winter protection needs. It’s also the perfect time to plant new perennials, as your soil is in ideal, moist conditions. You can use this season to also divide up some of your perennials, so long as they aren’t still in bloom.

Planning ahead for this season will reward you kindly. Be adventurous, and be sure to plant perennials of all different kinds during this time. A higher volume of plants will provide for more color and texture in your garden and culminate in an exciting new growing season the following summer!

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Join Us For Our Spring Spectacular Open House Event!

Join Us For Our Spring Spectacular Open House Event!

OUR AMAZING SPRING SPECTACULAR OPEN HOUSE EVENT STARTS TOMORROW! We look forward to seeing you all in Ft. Scott Saturday, May 4th and in Nevada Sunday, May 5th!!

HOMES IN FT. SCOTT, KS SATURDAY, MAY 4TH

901 Barbee

Price: $64,900

Price: $124,900

801 Fairway

Price: $148,000

923 Burke

Price: $159,000

1014 Holbrook

Price: $148,000

HOMES IN NEVADA, MO SUNDAY, MAY 5TH

16933 s 1200 Rd

Price: $164,000

1402 w wight

Price: $178,900

127 E Cherry

Price: $125,000

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Join Us for Our First Time Home Buyers Seminar

Join Us for Our First Time Home Buyers Seminar

Has it been your dream to own your first home? Think it isn’t attainable? Well, my friends, we want to show you how easy it is! Buying a home for the first time can be terrifyingly intimidating—there’s so much to learn! Start with the basics. In this information-packed seminar, you will find out what every first-time home buyer needs to know to dive into house hunting with confidence. Join Stutesman’s Action Realty for this informative program. Let us help you make better financial decisions by understanding the purchase process, along with the benefits of having a Realtor as your step-by-step professional. There will also be mortgage companies and lenders, insurance professionals and title companies on hand to answer questions. You’ll learn about the entire home buying process, how to qualify, what loans and programs are available, how to prepare for home ownership, what to know about the local market, the escrow process (it’s really not that scary!) and so much more! CHOOSE THE LOCATION AND DATE THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU! PLEASE REGISTER BY SIGNING UP ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE, EMAILING DIANE EARLL AT DIANE@DIANEEARLL.COM OR CALL 833-286-8400 BEFORE FRIDAY, APRIL 5TH, 2019. Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 5:30 – 7:30 pm Nate’s Place 750 South National Fort Scott, KS 66701 Thursday, April 11th, 2019 5:30 – 7:30 pm FCS Financial Building 1925 N Osage Nevada Mo. 64772

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8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend

8 Curb Appeal Boosters You Can Do in a Weekend

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Win home shoppers over before they even think about stepping foot inside.

A polished home exterior creates an inviting experience for visitors or passersby, which is especially important if your home is on the market. Check out our tips to get the most curb appeal for the lowest cost — while turning your neighbors’ heads and getting prospective buyers to your door.

Clean up

The easiest way to enhance curb appeal is dedicating a weekend to deep cleaning your home’s exterior. Sure, you’ll want to trim bushes, sweep and mow your lawn, but there’s more to curb appeal than keeping a tidy front yard. Turn the nozzle on your garden hose to the strongest setting and clean off your driveway, sidewalk, windows and fence. If dirt and grime are caked on your home’s exterior, you can rent a powerwasher for around $50 to $75 a day. Just avoid areas with caulking, like windows and doors, because you can strip some of the sealing. And as tempting as it may be to powerwash your roof, don’t do it —  you may damage the shingles’ coating. When it comes to your windows, spraying them with a garden hose isn’t enough. For maximum sparkle, clean your windows outside and inside. Instead of relying on a glass cleaner, try a mix of detergent diluted in warm water.

Add shutters

Shutters are an easy way to accentuate the size of your windows. They make your windows look larger and add visual interest by disrupting a bland exterior wall. For maximum curb appeal, choose a shutter color that contrasts with your home’s color to make it pop.

Paint accent areas

Paint is a quick and easy curb appeal booster. Instead of painting the entire exterior of your home, focus on the trim, door and shutters. You can typically find a gallon of exterior paint for $20 to $30. But before you decide on a color, consider home exterior color trends, along with your home’s natural style.

Give your door a face lift

If you don’t love your front door, you don’t need to dish out loads of money to replace it. Think beyond paint — consider adding molding, which offers a decorative frame for your door that welcomes visitors. You can also add metal house numbers, which you can find for as low as $5 a number. And if seasonally appropriate, consider adding a wreath to your door as a bonus.

Replace your house numbers

If you’d rather not add house numbers to your freshly painted door, here are some alternative DIY ideas:
  • Paint a terra-cotta planter with your house number and place it by your doorstep.
  • Add house numbers to a post planter near your front porch.
  • Use your front porch stair riser’s real estate by hanging or painting numbers there.

Update your light fixtures

Replacing your exterior light fixtures is another curb appeal must. You can usually find outdoor sconces for around $20 at home centers. Just make sure your new light fixtures have the same mounting system. And if you want to save on lighting, a fresh finish can do wonders. Try spray-painting them — a can of spray paint costs around $10.

Keep porch furniture neutral

Just as you would aim to simplify the interior of your home so shoppers can envision themselves living there, the exterior of your home should be neutral and welcoming too. Put your pink flamingo and wind chime collection into storage, and focus on porch decor that offers pops of color and character. You can find brightly colored outdoor chairs or throw pillows for $20 to $30 each.

Don’t forget the small things

These low-budget fixes make a big impact, so don’t forget the little details!
  • Upgrade your mailbox: Install a new mailbox for under $100, or spray paint your existing mailbox.
  • Plant a tree: A charming tree can up your curb appeal for as low as $20.
  • Build a tree bench: If you already have a tree you love, build a bench around it! Great for napping, picnicking or just hiding exposed roots, a wraparound tree bench costs only what you spend on boards and screws.
  • Install flower boxes: For around $20 each, flower boxes are a quick way to add some life and color to your windows. If flower boxes sound like too much work, try a container garden in pots by your front porch.
  • Hide eyesores: Place a small lattice fence or a side of paneling around your air conditioner, and hide your trash bins behind a small fence. You can also hide your hose in a pot or storage bench.
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Meet Diane Earll: Director of Operations, Broker/Assoc. MO-GRI, CRS, SRS

Meet Diane Earll:

Director of Operations, Broker/Assoc. MO-GRI, CRS, SRS

Meet-diane

Diane has taken on a new role in the agency, but is still doing what she loves – helping clients with their real estate needs!

Diane’s career in real estate began 22 years ago, when along with her husband Eddie Earll, began building and remodeling homes in the and have always taken great pride in their accomplishments.

Diane grew up in rural Vernon County and graduated from El Dorado Springs School. She learned from an early age the value of hard work and determination and continues to display these principles in her career.

As a member of the National Association of Realtors and Missouri Realtors, Diane has had the opportunity to serve as Secretary, Vice President, and President for the Five County Board of Realtors. She also received her GRI (Graduated Realtor Institute) in 2008, CRS (Council of Residential Specialists) in 2015, Brokers license in 2015, and SRS (Seller Residential Specialist) in 2016.

In her current role, Diane handles everything from handling the office’s administrative duties, to ensuring contract and document compliance. Diane also works closely with the agency’s outside marketing firm, assisting with property and agency promotions. She also is a pro at keeping the team organized, keeping the database current, gathering together paperwork from the seller and the buyer, working with the title company to make sure all parties show up to closing, and making sure profits get wired in.

Her organization and people skills show in her personal life as well. Diane loves the outdoors and keeping connected with friends and family. Diane also enjoys hobbies such as cooking for her family and having huge family gatherings, working outdoors in the yard, and going on road trips.

Diane and her family have a special love for their animals… All of which were wayward souls taken in by the Earlls’. Each one of them has a story and now  have a forever home with unconditional love.

She and her husband, Eddie, have one daughter Nikki and son-in-law Jonathon. They are also blessed with a granddaughter, Iridessa, which they enjoy every given opportunity.

Diane takes great pride in customer satisfaction and looks forward to each opportunity when assisting clients with any of their real estate needs.

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Signs That Now is the Time to Sell Your Home

Signs That Now is the Time to Sell Your Home

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There are many reasons why it may be time to sell your home. You may need more space to make room for a growing family or you need to downsize after your kids leave the nest. Whatever your motivations, you want to make sure that you’re timing it right.

If you sell when home prices are plummeting, you may end up losing on the deal. If you sell when home prices are highest, there may not be a lot of buyers looking to move. So how do you know when it’s a good time to sell?

A qualified Stutesman’s agent can help you determine if the market puts you in a good place or not. But for your own personal situation, here are the signs telling you that now is the time to sell your home.

You’ve Outgrown Your Home

Whether you are expecting another child, caring for an aging parent, or have taken in your adult children, when you’ve outgrown your home, it may be time to sell your home. Consider the permanency of the change. Will the kids be there for a long time? How long will you be able to care for your aging parent? Buying a bigger home is one of the main reasons why homeowners choose to sell.

 

You Need to Make a Change

Change is inevitable. Maybe you’re tired of shoveling snow (what a brutal winter we’ve had!) and you want to live in a warmer climate. Maybe you have to move so you can go after your dream job or you want to be closer to family. When change entails moving, then a home sale becomes necessary.

Home Prices are on the Rise

This is one of the riskiest reasons to sell your home. Sure you may get more than you ever dreamed for your home when prices are on the rise, but that also means that you will pay more for another home. Perhaps your agent can help you find a steal in a new location where prices are more level. Then you will have made a huge profit and a smart move.

 

You Need to Downsize

Many homeowners are selling in order to downsize. The baby boomer generation is moving into their golden years. The kids are all out of the house and you just don’t need all that space anymore. Selling now could add a nice healthy sum to your nest egg as well. As long as you are smart about how much of that profit to spend on a new place, downsizing could be just the right move for you financially.

 

You Can No Longer Afford Your Home

Sadly, there are homeowners who just can no longer afford their home. Whether it is due to divorce, illness, a death, a skyrocketing mortgage payment, or the loss of a job, change in your financial circumstances is a big red flashing sign that now is the time to sell your home. Waiting any longer could have catastrophic financial consequences.

In any situation you find yourself in, an experienced agent is the key to helping you achieve your goals. Learn more about how to determine if now is the time to sell your home by speaking with agent now.

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Join Us Saturday, Feb 23rd for Sweet Listings Tour – Round 2!

Join Us Saturday, Feb 23rd for Sweet Listings Tour – Round 2!

Join us Saturday Feb 23rd 10 am – Noon! Tour 5 SWEET listings in the Ft. Scott KS area. Yummy sweet treats and drinks will be served. ENTER FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A $25 Casey’s GAS CARD!

THE RULES: Tour the homes, pic your favorite, take a selfie INSIDE the home and post it with #sweetlistings on our Facebook page in the comments section under the home’s post. Make sure to tell us what you LOVE about the home! We will announce the winner Sunday Feb 24th at 5 pm! Gas card can be picked up at Stutesman’s Action Realty Ft. Scott office!

Our Sweet Listings Include:

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Welcome to the Winter Blast Tour 2019

Welcome to the Winter Blast Tour 2019

THE WINTER BLAST TOUR STARTS SATURDAY IN FT. SCOTT, KS! Don’t miss out on taking a look at these 5 amazing homes in Ft. Scott, KS! We will have yummy snack and hot drinks to keep you warm! We will also be collecting non-perishable items to donate to the Fort Scott High School Clothes Closet and Pantry!

ROUND 2 OF THE WINTER BLAST TOUR STARTS SUNDAY, JAN 27TH IN NEVADA, MO! Don’t miss out on taking a look at these 4 amazing homes in Nevada, MO! We will have yummy snacks and hot drinks to keep you warm! We will be collecting non-perishable items to donate to our local Community Outreach – The Food Pantry!

 

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The Sweet Listings Event is Happening in TWO DAYS

The Sweet Listings Event is Happening in TWO DAYS

THE SWEET LISTINGS EVENT STARTS SATURDAY IN NEVADA, MO! 

We will be showcasing 6 sweet homes and giving away FREE GAS! 

GAS CARD CONTEST RULES: Tour the homes, pic your favorite, take a selfie INSIDE the home and post it with #sweetlistings on our Facebook page in the comments section under the home’s post. Make sure to tell us what you LOVE about the home! We will announce the winner Sunday Feb 10th at 5 pm! Gas card can be picked up anytime next week at Stutesman’s Action Realty Nevada office!

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Top 12 Things To Do To Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2019

Top 12 Things To Do To Celebrate Valentine’s Day 2019

Valentine’s Day (week!) is here and we want to give you some unique ideas to celebrate this fun holiday! No matter if you’re in a relationship, single or just want to hang with your BFF, we have the perfect ideas for FUN in the Nevada and Ft. Scott areas!

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Nevada Show Choir Classic Feb 16 at NHS – ALL DAY

If you appreciate music, you will LOVE this performance of over 20 regional show choirs performing at this annual show. These talented kids put on a show like no other and you are sure to leave with a smile on your face. Make sure to check out this schedule if you are looking to see a particular performance!

NRMC – Send a Valentine to a Patient Feb 14th

This. Warms. Our. Hearts. You can send an online Valentine to a Patient at Nevada Regional Medical Center. Want to kick it up a notch? Why not get a group of your favorite peeps together and MAKE Valentine’s and deliver them personally?!

DeLaney Vineyard & Winery – Celebrating Love With Live Music Feb 15th – 7 – 10 pm.

Stop by this amazing winery and listen to live music by Rick Newman, Paula Newman, Jason Richison and Annie Pruitt! Drink some locally made wine with your loved one (s). We recommend the Grape Frost (if they have it!) SO good!

Valentine’s Dance – Elks Club – Members Only Feb 15th – 7 – 10 pm.

Come out and enjoy the night. DJ Lee Dogg will be playing your all time favorite hits. This is always a town favorite!

The Fox Playhouse – Males Order Brides Thursday, Friday & Saturday February 14th-16th @ 7:30 pm and Sunday matinee on February 17th @2:00 pm

Here comes the bride! Actually, we should say brides — four of them supposedly, to marry a quartet of love-starved citizens. The husbands-to-be include two bachelors, lumberjack (and hero) Forrest Green and saloon owner Lucky Betts, and two widowers, grizzled prospector Grubby Shurtz and respectable banker C.D. Nichols. If only their brides were real!

Jesus Trejo Live at Cottey College Feb 14th at 8 pm.

Based out of Los Angeles, Jesus has appeared on Comedy Central’s “Adam Devine’s House Party” and season two of “Stand-Up and Deliver” on NuvoTV, and was a recurring cast member on the TBS sitcom “Sullivan & Son.” In July of 2015, he was chosen to participate in the prestigious “Just for laughs” Festival in Montreal as part of “Jeff Ross’s Roast Master’s Invitational.” In the summer of 2016, he was selected to be a New Face at the “Just for laughs” Festival. Jesus will be performing in Raney Dining Hall. Adult tickets are $5, kids are $4, and Cottey students are free.

Jim’s Roadhouse – Craig Cook and The Marauders Feb 15th at 9 pm.

The Marauders are a Red Dirt Country band from Kansas, playing original country songs that make you want to tap along with the beat. Fueled by a tight rhythm section and highlighted with guitar and fiddle, your sure to have a great time with these boys!

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Valentine’s Day Getaway Package – Lyons Twin Mansions and Nate’s Place Feb 14th – 16th

Lyons Twin Mansions is the perfect place to cozy up with the one you love. Join them for an extra special Valentine’s Day this year. From relaxing couples massages and warm crackling fires to a lovely dinner for two, romance fills the Mansions for the holiday. They will pull out all the stops to make this a Valentine’s Day to remember, including a truly romantic dinner featuring a special, inspired menu. Whatever your taste, you’ll find a lovely weekend just right for the two of you waiting for you at Lyons Twin Mansions in beautiful Ft. Scott, KS. Package includes: – Two Night Getaway in one of their Suites – Dinner for Two ($100 value) – Just LOOK at their amazing Valentine’s Day Menu! – $90 Refreshed Spa Credit (must book in advance)

Chili and Cinnamon Roll Lunch – Country Place Living Feb 15th – 11 am – 1 pm.

Warm up and give back! This Chili and Cinnamon Roll Lunch Fundraiser benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. Meal includes: Chili, cinnamon rolls and crackers. Dine-in or pick-up. Recommended donation: $5

Elton Dan & GDD – Liberty Theatre Feb 16th – 8:30 – 11 pm.

If the weather is going to be bad, you might as well be inside DANCING IT OUT and having FUN! More info HERE!