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Orchidaceae (Orchids)

Few flowers have captured the esteem and appreciation that comes so readily to orchids the world over.  Their unusual shapes, delicate symmetry, and exotic splashes of color have made them sought after symbols of love and beauty to many cultures through the centuries.  Even now, the orchid boasts dedication from many clubs and societies, and [...]

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More Incredibly Weird Plants

The durian tree produces a fruit that is widely considered in southeast Asia to be the King of Fruits.  The durian fruit is incredibly large, weighing several pounds and up to a foot in length.  The husk is tough and spiked, but when opened reveals a soft and sweet yellow flesh that many consider to [...]

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Keep Your Garden Free of Ticks, Fleas, and Mosquitoes

With summer approaching and the start of summer break for many schoolchildren, families will be spending much more time in the yard playing games, cooking out, having a dip in the pool, and working on the garden.  While this increased activity outdoors is great for keeping in shape and getting much-needed fresh air and sunshine, [...]

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Get Creative with Container Gardening

Container GardeningIf you don’t have a lot of real estate on your lawn for planting, container gardening is an easy and fun way to introduce some color and life to your yard, deck, or patio.  Now, we don’t mean just buying a plant and some potting soil and throwing it into a little green pot—we [...]

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Gardening with Flat Tire Decor

We love our environment—that’s why we love our Flat Tire Décor products!  Flat Tire Décor, based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is committed to offering you long-lasting and hard-working products that help to reduce the impact we make on our planet.  From bags to baskets to planters, our Flat Tire Décor is made from 100% post-consumer material.  [...]

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Gardenia

Who can resist bending down for a sniff after walking past a blooming gardenia?  Those gardening in the southeast can tell you that there is nothing like a warm summer breeze perfumed with the fragrance of gardenias, named by Carl Linnaeus for fellow naturalist, Dr. Alexander Garden, a resident of South Carolina.  Though a favorite [...]

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Beneficial Weeds?

KudzuAsk anyone living in Georgia about his least favorite plant, and there’s a good chance you’ll learn a few things about the mile-a-minute vine or The Vine That Ate the South.   Sadly, its nicknames aren’t inaccurate.  Kudzu occupies an estimated seven million acres of land in the United States, mostly in the southeast, and continues [...]

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Arbors, Pergolas, and Trellises

Adding an arbor, pergola, or trellis to your landscape may be just the thing to spruce up a lackluster patio, porch, walkway, or yard area.  These vertical growth supports, while adding elegance and romance to your garden, will increase your gardening space, decrease difficulty reaching the plant for pruning and maintenance, and, when strategically placed, [...]

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Aquilegia (Columbine)

One of our favorite perennials to grow in the flowerbed is columbine.  Everything from its dark green lobed leaves to its bright ruby and royal blue and purple blooms seems a purposefully whimsical design by nature to get us bright and cheery after cold, gray winter. Columbine is a highly recognizable flower due to its unique [...]

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Seed Starting Basics

We are nearing the beginning of February, and gardeners everywhere are beginning to receive their first seed catalogs in the mail, scan the internet for new ideas and varieties, and prepare for planting day.  While many of us have a wait until we can till up the garden soil and sow outdoors, we can still [...]

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