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Pretty pitcher? Take a picture for our next Reader Challenge

One of the handiest accessories we have in our homes is the classic pitcher. It can be used in many ways from holding cooking utensils to displaying fresh flowers to showcasing fancy beverages.

Design-wise, it might be clear, solid colored, patterned or textured. Large or small. A family heirloom, wedding gift or thrift store find.

Now we want to see photos of some of the ways our readers use them.

Email your photo to A phone number is helpful. We plan to have readers vote for their favorite photo.

A few details: If we publish the photo online, we would like to include your name. We will not print your phone number or street name, but we would like to indicate the town, village or city where you live.

There is a deadline: We need the photos by 6 p.m. April 22. And you can expect to see more Reader Challenges in the future.


In case you missed the winner of our last Reader Challenge: early bloomers:

Readers voted this photo of snowdrops as their top choice in our last Reader Challenge. (Photo courtesy Allison Sagraves)

The above photo of snowdrops received 57.5 percent of the votes in our latest Reader Challenge. This was the chance for people to send in photos of early bloomers popping up in their gardens after this long, long winter.

Allison Sagraves took the photo on April 7 at the family's cabin in Holland, which they purchased last fall. She discovered the snowdrops in a mature rock garden on a hill.

She had planted other bulbs, even before they closed on the place in November. She chose daffodils, allium, hyacinths and others described as deer resistant.

"It's a farm area with tons of deer, so I don't really know what will come up in the spring. It's an adventure," she said.

"I planted close to 300 bulbs," she said.

The snowdrops, however, were a surprise this spring as were the preexisting grape hyacinths and a few others.

"I'm waiting in anticipation to see what this garden unveils," she said.

She is looking forward to gardening at the new place. "It's going to be very organic and sustainable in the forest setting accented by targeted tree illumination," said Sagraves, a big believer in pollinator gardens.

There also will be beehives.

"Nature is a big theme in my life, which is why we got this cabin," she said.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the challenge.

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