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Native Steeplebush Adds Beauty and Attracts Butterflies
It's not your common spirea found in many commercial and home landscapes; but rather it's less utilized relative and North American native shrub known as steeplebush or hardhack (Spiraea tomentosa). This adaptable shrub is hardy in zones 3 to 8. It...
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Managing Invasive Plants
Buckthorn, honeysuckle and Tree of Heaven are just a few of the landscape plants that have left the garden and invaded our natural spaces. These aggressive plants outcompete and crowd out our native plants, destroying the food and habitat needed by...
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Mexican Mint or Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus)
Add some fragrance to your indoor and outdoor gardens with Mexican mint also known as menthol plant or Cuban oregano. This fast grower quickly reaches a height of 6 to 18 inches and a width of three feet. Grow it in containers, as a groundcover or in...
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Mexican Mint or Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus)
Add some fragrance to your indoor and outdoor gardens with Mexican mint also known as menthol plant or Cuban oregano. This fast grower quickly reaches a height of 6 to 18 inches and a width of three feet. Grow it in containers, as a groundcover or in...
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Attract Beneficial Insects with Spotted Bee Balm (Monarda punctata)
Many gardeners know and grow bee balm (Monarda dydima), but its beautiful mildew resistant cousin spotted bee balm is often overlooked. You'll know it's a bee balm by its unique, almost Dr. Seuss-like flowers. The small creamy yellow flowers appear...
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Dry Bottle Garden (Plant Cacti and Succulents in a Wine Bottle)
Put those empty wine bottles to work as containers for cacti and succulents. All you need is an empty bottle, a well-drained potting mix and a few small succulents. Cut an opening into the side of the bottle or purchase a precut bottle. Place...
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Gardener’s Tool Kit; Pruning Tools
Before you head out to the garden to do a bit of pruning, make sure you have the right tool for the job. Use a bypass hand pruner for deadheading and pruning woody stems up to ¾ of an inch in diameter. These pruners have two sharp blades like...
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Burgundy Shamrock for St Patrick’s Day & Beyond
Add a little purple to your green this St Patrick's Day by planting a burgundy shamrock plant, botanically known as Oxalis 'Triangularis'. This beauty makes a great indoor plant or addition to the woodland garden, container plantings and flower...
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Preparing Dormant Annuals for the Growing Season
Clear a spot on the windowsill and make room for geraniums, fuchsias, lantanas and any other plants that were stored in a cool dark location indoors for winter. Plant any bareroot plants in a container large enough to accommodate the roots. Move...
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Preventing Girdling Roots
Increase the health and longevity of your trees by reducing the risk of girdling roots. These roots encircle the trunk and interfere with the flow of water, nutrients and food reserves between the roots and the leaves. Always check for and loosen...
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And This is Why I Don't Go on Rollercoasters...
Opening day for the Coney Island Cyclone, one of the world's most historic wooden rollercoasters, didn't go so well for the first riders of the season. At the top of its first hill, just before the first drop, the coaster stopped dead in its...
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Behind the Times?
President Obama sat down last week to talk with David Simon, the creator of The Wire, the critically-acclaimed TV show. The idea was to discuss what Simon observed about crime in the inner city that drove him to create the show. The guy's a...
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Wait a Minute, What?
Furious 7 - the seventh installment in the Fast & Furious franchise - is set to open up in theaters in a couple of weeks. The hype for it has been huge. Naturally, everyone thinks the "7" in the title refers to it being the "seventh"...
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Unintentional Photo Bomb
Kim Kardashian must have been having an off day. There was a camera pointed her way, and she didn't manage to strike a pose. Instead, it sort of looks like she's picking her toes Or perhaps grabbing for her pocketbook. Kanye, on the...
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Arnold's Human Side
Arnold Schwarzenegger has a new movie coming out called Maggie. It's a zombie flick, but more than that. The advance buzz on it is pretty good, and no one seems happier about it than Arnold himself. Check out the post to his Facebook page...
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What is Wrong with People?
A meteorologist on Global News News Hour Plus in Canada took to the airwaves last Thursday to discuss a hate letter. Kristi Gordon is pregnant, and got a nastygram about the way she looks on the news. Calling her "gross," the viewer wrote further:...
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Thanks, Obama!
This could be one of the most bizarre stories ever. A woman is suing the City of New York after she was locked up unnecessarily in a psychiatric ward for eight days following the confiscation of her car by the authorities. She admits she got a...
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They're Stripes and You've Earned Them
Rachel Hollis is a 32-year-old mom of three, and she's not afraid to wear a bikini to the beach. She writes a lifestyle blog called The Chic Site, and used it to share an Instagram picture of herself on the beach in a two-piece, and she's...
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Pranking for Lenovo
Ashton Kutcher's roots are in pranks. You of course remember his Punk'd on MTV. And he's also the pitchman for Lenovo computers. So why not take the two and put them together Down Under? Great idea. And that's exactly what he...
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Got a Drone and a Lot of Spare Time?
It's amazing how inventive some folks can be. Take Oliver C... He's a YouTuber, probably from France, who designs flying objects with the help of drones. His latest creation is an imperial star destroyer from Star Wars. All you need is...
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