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Low Maintenance Spring Beauty: Bearded Iris
Add various bearded iris to your garden for a long season of bloom. These low maintenance spring bloomers come in a variety of sizes and colors. The miniature dwarf varieties are the first to flower. As the spring progresses, so does the blooming...
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Hot and Cold Weather Tomatoes
Don't let the weather ruin your tomato harvest. Select the variety best suited to your area. Weather extremes can prevent tomatoes from forming fruit. When daytime temperatures rise above 90 degrees and night temperatures remain above 70 degrees...
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Tax Relief through Garden Therapy
Just say the date - April 15th and most U.S. citizens cringe, unless of course you are one of the lucky ones getting a refund. Soften the blow with a bit of horticulture therapy. Once the taxes are mailed, take a walk through your yard, neighborhood...
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Celebrate National Gardening Week
Gardening is good for the mind, body and spirit, so let's celebrate National Gardening Week by sharing this healthful and fun hobby with others. The Royal Horticulture Society started National Gardening Week in 2011. The goal is to beautify...
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Keep Azalea Gift Plants Blooming and Healthy Indoors
Azaleas are a sure sign of spring indoors and out. They're popular gift plants for the holidays and a great way to bring a bit of spring color indoors. Grow your azaleas in a cool bright location. A sunny window or artificial lights can increase their...
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Go Green and Easy with Landscape for Life
You can have a beautiful landscape and productive garden while working in concert with nature. Start small. You'll be amazed the difference a few change of habits can make in your garden and maintenance schedule. Capture rainwater in barrels or...
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Be Kind to Spiders Week
Whether you find them fascinating, creepy or annoying, spiders are an integral part of keeping our gardens and homes pest free. To improve their image and our appreciation, the first full week of April is designated "Be Kind to Spiders" week. ...
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Naturally Dyed Eggs
Decorated eggs are part of many springtime and religious celebrations. This year consider using natural materials to dye your eggs. Start by gathering vegetables, flowers and herbs to make the desired dye. Use one cup of blueberries for purple, 2...
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Learn More & Celebrate Daisy Flower Month
Brighten up your day and celebrate Daisy Flower Month with a visit to your favorite florist. Daisies are members of the largest plant family known as Asteraceae (formerly Compositae). Though we call the perky white bloom with the yellow center a...
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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...
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Tidal Wave?
Jay Z's new streaming music service Tidal launched about a month ago. Last week, they threw the company's chief executive officer overboard - one of 25 people laid off. After a month. The official word is that the company is...
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Most Excellent Photobomb Surprise
Imagine you're an 8-year-old kid taking an official school photograph. And imagine the photographer showing you the picture on the screen of his camera. There's a guy in the shot behind you, and he looks like... DADDY! That's...
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Tony Romo Continues to Struggle at Home
Bad enough that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo struggles year after year under center for America's Team. On Sunday, he showed up at the Academy of Country Music Awards show to introduce Dierks Bentley. But before he got to that, he had...
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Holy Parody, Batman!
You knew it would happen. Following the less-than-impressive drop of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer over the weekend, you knew that folks would start having their fun with it. This one happened sooner than I thought it would...
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Kermit's Cousin?
Scientists have found a new species of frog in Costa Rica: the Glass Frog. It's an amazing little amphibian, with a translucent belly that allows one to see its internal organs. Of course, folks in the mainstream media have to dumb it down, so...
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Amazing Baseball Improvisation
Here's something you don't see every day. Better yet, here's something you hardly ever see. Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester fielded a line drive back to him, and the ball got caught in the webbing of his glove. Rather than fight with...
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But Can She Sing Country?
The Academy of Country Music Awards were presented in Dallas last night at the AT&T Stadium. So many great performances. But this one had me shaking my head a little. Country legends Rascal Flatts teamed up with pop star Christina...
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Let It Go, Senator!
This is sort of cool - pun unintended. Senator Pat Roberts was questioning a witness at a Senate hearing on Thursday, and in the middle of the testimony, his cell phone rang. His ringtone? "Let It Go," from Disney's Frozen. The senator...
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Where Did I Put Those Beanie Babies?
Imagine this. You're walking through a yard sale and you spot a purple Beanie Baby. Remember those little stuffed animals from the 90s that were all the rage? People collected them in the hopes that some day, they'd be worth much more than...
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The All-Right is Strong with this One!
This is just too good not to share. The internet is going nuts with everyone's reaction to the latest trailer for the new Star Wars film. And then comes this mash-up, putting a scene from Interstellar together with the trailer, making it look...
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