30
Sep

First Day of Fall: The Autumnal Equinox

Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere on September 23, 2011, at 5:05 A.M. The Autumnal Equinox The word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night.” The fall and spring equinoxes are the only days of the year in which the Sun crosses the celestial equator. From here on out, the temperatures begin to drop and the days start

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29
Sep

Sweet & Simple

Sweet & Simple Give a table natural charm with petite gourd place settings. Start by wrapping a winding twig around each gourd. Then attach a ribbon with each guest’s name for a personal touch. Nature can enrich our wellbeing. Caught up in schedules we forget to add a significant amount of it in our lives. By enhancing our outdoor environment, we not only get

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28
Sep

Serving Up Style

Serving Up Style Turning basic gourds into a set of serving Dishes is simple way to amuse your party guests. To make, simply cut the top off of each gourd with a sharp knife and hollow it out. Fill each gourd with bite-size appetizers like olives, nuts, or berries and place on a serving table. Nature can enrich our wellbeing. Caught

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27
Sep

Colorful Collection

Colorful Collection Colorful Collection will take a look for a variety of interesting shapes and colors of gourds. When you have collected a diverse assortment, fill a wooden tray with your unique finds and place it on an outdoor table for an easy fall display. Nature can enrich our wellbeing. Caught up in schedules we forget to add a significant

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20
Sep

Tree Time #3

Tree Time #3 Flowering Dogwood One of the most beautiful North American native trees, flowering dogwood bears pink or white springtime flowers, bright red fruits in late summer, and outstanding purple-red fallfoliage. An understory tree, it does well in partial shade. Name: Cornus florida selections Size: From 10 to 25 feet tall and wide, depending on variety Zones: 5-8 Standout

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20
Sep

Here comes Fall

Here comes Fall Plumbago Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Here comes Fall – Wonderful fall color with brilliant true blue flowers and foliage that changes from green to bronze, orange, and red in fall. Max Height: 12-18″ Max Width:  2-3′ Water Type: Well-drained Soil Type:  Any Sun Type:  Full Sun/Partial Shade Habit:  Ground Cover Bloom Month: September Properties: Deciduous Bloom Color:  Blue Foliage

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19
Sep

The Colors of Compost

What are green versus brown materials, and why should you care? Think of compost as a healthy meal for your soil life – those worms and microbes that do the actual work of turning your waste into dark, rich compost. Composting microbes can’t only live on grass clippings. They need both green and brown ingredients. BROWN MATERIALS Brown is the

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12
Sep

Tree Time #2

Crape MyrtleA Southern-garden gem, crape myrtle offers big clusters of frilly flowers in shades of pink, red, lavender, or white in summer and fall. Many varieties show off beautiful red, yellow, or orange foliage in autumn, as well as interesting patches of green or silver under their peeling cinnamon-color bark. Name: Lagerstroemia selections Size: From 6 to 25 feet tall and wide,

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7
Sep

Zone Maps – An important Garden Tool

What are Zone Maps? Gardeners need a way to compare their garden climates with the climate where a plant is known to grow well. That’s why climate zone maps were created. Zone maps are tools that show where various permanent landscape plants can adapt. If you want a shrub, perennial, or tree to survive and grow year after year, the

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7
Sep

Tree Time – Views & Reviews

Crabapple Add spring flair to your landscape with crabapples. There’s a wonderful array available that bears flowers in shades of white, pink, and red; has weeping, rounded, or columnar habits; and produces orange, gold, red, or burgundy fruits. Many varieties offer exceptional fall color and great disease resistance as well. Name: Malus selections Size: From 6 to 30 feet tall and

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