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Foliage Beats Flowers
Here in western North Carolina, the mountains will soon be greening up. The covers will shimmer and shine with the native wildflowers.
2005 All-America Selections Winners
It´s official. The All-America Selections winners for 2005 have been announced. They´re equially divided between veggies and flowers with three of each.
Primroses-Superstars of Spring
Whatrever kind of weather the late winter brings, the vibrant perennial primroses welcome it. These hardy superstars usher in the new gardening season, and have earned a place in the landscape.
The Versatile Fuchsias
For landscapes during the spring and fall months, the fuchsia is unmatched. This Victorial favorite came into cultivation in Europe in the late 1700´s.
When it comes to pleasing plant combinations for the landscape, think opposites. Opposing colors can be quite effective when they´re used in flower beds and mixed borders.
Camellias are one of my favorite flowers. When I first moved to North Carolina, I couldn´t get over the fact that they frequently bloom during the cold months.
Chill Seeds for Better Germination
Many landscape plants, particularly annuals and perennials, can be started from seeds. As we begin planning for a new garden season, it is a good time to do some prior planning before we plant seeds. Some kinds need special treatments, such as chilling, to get good germination rates.
Banish the Late Winter Blahs
The weeks of late winter seem to just drag on. This can be especially trying for gardeners. We´re eager to get started on those landscaping projects. Meanwhile, here are some tips on weathering the winter blahs.
Getting Ready for Spring
Weeks before the last frost of the spring, I´m eager to get things planted. Yet I don´t feel safe in refurbishing the whole landscape with new bedding plants and the like. The solution is to get all the windowboxes and container gardens ready to go.
Arm Chair Travel for Gardeners
My favorite time for travel is normally the spring and fall. During those periods, temperatures tend to be comfortable and lots of things are in bloom.
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