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Growing Scented Geraniums Indoors and Out
Add a bit of aromatherapy to your indoors with scented geraniums. Give the leaves a gentle pet and enjoy the lemon, rose, apple, peppermint or pine fragrance. Place the plants in areas where you brush by the leaves or can easily give them a pat to...
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Tips for Seed Starting Success
Starting plants from seed can save you money, extend your garden season and be lots of fun.   But sometimes things don’t go as smoothly as planned. Here are tips for increasing your success.   Read the directions on the seed packet....
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Extend the Vase Life of Daffodils
Daffodils are a cheerful addition to the garden and your spring flower bouquets. Extend your enjoyment to a week or more by conditioning your daffodils before adding them to your spring arrangements.   This also protects the other cut flowers...
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Diagnosing Tree Problems
We’ve all seen seemingly healthy trees fail. Once the tree is removed, a hollow center reveals the cause of this tree failure. Arborists now have a minimally invasive tool that helps them diagnose the soundness of a tree. This information can help...
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Renovating Overgrown Shrubs
Quickly tame overgrown shrubs with renovation pruning in late winter or early spring. This drastic approach to managing shrubs is not for the timid pruner or for all plants. Many shrubs like potentilla, spirea, privet, butterflybush, beauty bush and...
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The National Garden Bureau Names 2015 The Year of the Coleus
Colorful foliage and shade tolerance gained this plant favor in gardens for many decades. But the increase in varieties, sun tolerance and our love of foliage plants resulted in 2015 being named the year of the coleus.   You’ll find...
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Indoor Plants with Fragrant Flowers
Add a little homegrown aromatherapy to your home with fragrant flowered indoor plants.   Gardenias may be the first plant that comes to mind. They can be challenging, but worth the effort. Grow gardenias in moist acidic soil, bright light and...
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Heart Shaped Plants to Give for Valentine’s Day
 Looking for something different to give your Valentine this year? How about an indoor plant with heart shaped leaves or flowers. Anthuriums are an easy-to-grow long blooming indoor plant. The red or pink heart shaped flowers rise above glossy...
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Dahlias – A Traditional Favorite Perfect for Today’s Gardens
Add some elegance, color or fun to the garden with dahlias. These traditional plants come in a variety of sizes, shapes and color, making them a great choice for any garden.   You can find dahlias as short as 12 inches and as tall as five feet....
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Moonlight (Night) Garden
Create a beautiful garden that reaches its peak once the sun sets.   A moon or night garden extends your outdoor enjoyment with white and light colored flowers that just seem to glow in the dark. They even appear to float in the air as the green...
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Feel Like Living Like the Walking Dead?
If you're a fan of The Walking Dead and you've got $680,000, then Grantville, Georgia could be just the spot for you. Not the whole town - just the downtown. And the downtown is famous for its use as a set in The Walking Dead. The...
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Now This is Scary
Like skydiving isn't scary enough. Christopher Jones was at 12,000 feet, just out of his plane, when he was paralyzed by a seizure. His instructor realized he was in trouble and flew over to him, managing to pull the emergency chute. Jones...
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Beware the Stoner Rabbits!
An agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration appeared before Utah's Senate last week to speak against a proposed bill that would legalize marijuana. Specifically, he's afraid that allowing marijuana to be grown in the state would hurt the...
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Dude! What's That White Stuff on the Ground?
Folks in Huntington Beach and other coastal communities in southern California had a little weather surprise yesterday. Pea-sized hail fell on the area, and for a while, coated the beaches and grassy areas with white stuff. A rare occasion, to be...
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Stolen and "Maliciously Altered"
By now, you've probably seen the picture of Cindy Crawford that was all over the internet a week or so ago. It showed Cindy in a bra and panties, wearing a hat and some sort of stole. The story that went with the photo was that it showed Cindy...
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They Cut Meryl Streep?
Meryl Streep plays The Witch in Into the Woods, a movie that started its life as a Broadway musical written by the legendary Stephen Sondheim. Sondheim wrote a new song for the film - "She'll Be Back" - to be sung by Meryl's character. And...
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Making the Most of Nothing
Steve Harvey has proved himself a master of making the most of some of the ridiculous moments on Family Feud. But this one from last month takes the cake. Simple question: "Other than fruit, name something you might choose by squeezing it...
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Live Long and Prosper
Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing the iconic Mister Spock in a variety of Star Trek movies and TV shows, passed away on Friday at the age of 83. Four days earlier, he posted his final tweet, which sounds like he knew he was leaving... A life is...
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Don't Believe It? Just Watch!
"Uptown Funk" is one of the hottest tunes in the country. It's one of those songs that gets your blood pumping and toes tapping. Until now. Thanks to Alex Bove and the Dancing Grandpas, "Uptown Funk" got slowed down - well, a little...
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When in Chicago...
On Sunday, thousands of people jumped into Chicago's Lake Michigan. It was time for the annual Polar Plunge, which raised close to $1 million for Special Olympics On hand were a few celebrities. Vince Vaughn, an area native, jumped in wearing a...
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