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Build a Terracotta Planter Wall

We received an email from our friends and plant purveyors, Proven Winners, this morning and this caught my eye. If you have a large expanse of drab-looking privacy fence and/or are running out of room on the patio, here is a great idea to deal with both issues. It's a terracotta planter wall built with lumber and iron plant hangers attached right to the fence. Great idea! Click the pic for instructions.
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It's Time To Play In The Dirt!

It's early May and it's time to get the shade garden started for the year. Click the pic for the whole story!
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Are You Growing Catnip or Catmint?

They are both members of the mint family, genus Nepeta, and cats love them both, but there are differences, according to Gardening Know How. Catnip has a weeder appearance and catmint has lavender flowers and is often used as a decorative garden plant. See the full article HERE.
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Have You Ever Thought About Growing Orchids?

Orchids are beautiful flowering plants that are very  popular as house plants. Horticulturist and Garden Writer grows orchids from Madagascar and she grows them in terrariums. They are gorgeous. You should have a look at her piece HERE. Lots of info and tons of photos.

31 Plants That Drive Off Mosquitoes

I have done articles before on plants that mosquitoes hate, but 31?! Tips For The Home And Garden has them and it is very interesting. Click here for more.


Dahlias are beautiful, but only if they are standing up. In an article by Doug Hall, Organic Life gives us pointers on staking them properly I have never tried dahlias, but I may now. Click right here for the article.

Rare Plants Destroyed

Australian botanist Michelle Waycott has reported that over 100 rare French plant specimens from the 19th century were destroyed recently by the country's quarantine service for lack of proper paperwork. Sounds like they have some of our TSA folks moonlighting there.

Winter Bloomer

The Amaryllis is a beautiful winter-blooming, flowering plant.  The bulbs, if planting directly into the bed, should be planted between October and April with temperatures between 60 and 70 degrees.

So, It's a little late for that, this year. However, there is nothing wrong with starting them in pots indoors. You still have time to enjoy these lovely flowers in your garden for the rest of the winter and early spring.

When the growing season is over, dig the bulbs up, clean them off and store them somewhere between 40 to 50 degrees.

More About Amaryllis

I know it sounds like I am working for the Amaryllis Growers Association, but really, I like them.  @RC_Amaryllis tweeted this today. It is a great article about using the Amaryllis as a bride's wedding bouquet. You can choose from white, red, or red and white. If you're planning a wedding and want something different, you should have a look. Click HERE For More.

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