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Close Up Snowflakes

December 22, 2014

Taking a close up image of a snowflake can be very tricky.  Obviously, a snowflake will melt if you try to bring it into your lab so most photographers take their equipment outside.

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10 Creative Vegetable Trays - turkey veggie tray

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Feeding the Birds Naturally

November 23, 2014

Keeping the backyard birds fed comes naturally when you plant shrubs that produce edible berries.  Here are a few options to consider.

WINTERBERRY

Winterberry is a deciduous shrub growing to 6-15 feet tall and often as wide. It develops a rounded habit through suckering, eventually growing into a sizeable colony of upright stems. The stems tend to be dark brown and often develop a pleasing gray sheen. The 3 inch long, elliptic, toothed, and pointed leaves vary from light to dark green, taking a yellow hue in autumn. Insignificant flowers appear in May – June and are followed by bright red berries in late summer. The berries, for which the common name was derived, remain after leaf fall and persist into the winter months to provide food for wildlife. Winterberry prefers evenly moist, acid soils in full sun to partial shade.

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RED TWIG DOGWOOD

Red Twig Dogwoods are the most popular Dogwood shrubs. They show off brightly colored decorative bark in winter when many other plants are resting. Twig color varies from dark maroon to coral to yellow depending on species and variety.   Small white flowers occur in clusters in spring followed by white to blue fruit in late summer.  They are fast growers to 8-12’ tall & wide with dense branching and foliage. A few lower-growing and dwarf forms are available as well. Most grow very fast, are very tough, adapting to many different soils and light conditions and withstanding temperatures as low as -50 degrees.

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Nannyberry

Nannyberry (Viburnum Lentago), also known as Sheepberry or Sweet Viburnum, is shade-tolerant species commonly used as shrub borders, tall barriers, hedges, and windbreaks. It provides seasonal displays of flowers, fruits, and fall leaf color and the fruit are eaten by many species of birds and wildlife.  It is easily transplanted and established and can be propagated by cuttings. Although the growth habit is primarily a multi-stemmed shrub, it can be maintained as a small tree by pruning stems and removing basal suckers.

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Stunning Views

November 20, 2014

The Portland Japanese Garden – Click HERE for more information.

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Lake Louise - Alberta, Canada. Stayed at the chateaux, Lake Louise, beautiful views of the lake from our room.

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See amazing views at Chimney Rock Park in North Carolina.

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Galvanized Tub Inspiration

September 20, 2014

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This article shows how to make a galvanized tub into a min-garden!

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Succulents

August 17, 2014

Succulents also known as fat plants are any type of plants that are thickened and fleshy in some parts usually the leaves and stems. These fleshy or succulent parts are used to store water in arid climates or soil conditions. They are grown as ornamental plants because of their striking appearance and they are always considered to be in style. They are surging in popularity because they are rather low maintenance and are cool to look at and collect. They grow well in containers and even if you neglect them chances are they’ll be fine.

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The color variation of succulents is almost endless: blue-green, pink, red, white, burgundy, yellow, almost black, and more. The leaves may be needle like, spiky, berrylike, ruffled or rounded. Many succulents come from dry areas of the topics and subtropics such as semi-desert, desert and steppes. The high temperature force these plants to collect and store water to survive long dry periods.

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Here are common types of succulents that are easy to care and find:

Aeonium – it has rosette leaves on a basal stem and resemble big, fleshy-petaled daisies. It occurs in colors green, yellow and garnet. They are not frost-resistant and only require little water.

Burro’s Tail – is a succulent perennial producing long, with fleshy blue-green leaves and terminal pink to red flowers in summer native to Mexico and Honduras.  It prefers medium to high light for best performance.

Agave – it is a rosette-shaped succulent are native to the Americas. There are a dozen species of agave, most of them small and beautiful. The juice from many species of agave is known to cause acute contact dermatitis.

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Christmas Cactus – also known as Thanksgiving Cactus, Crab Cactus and Holiday Cactus. Its flowers occur in white, pink, yellow, orange, red or purple. Prefers medium to high light and fertilize three times in the summer to promote blooms.

Crown of Thorns – it is a succulent climbing shrub imported from Madagascar. It has long, spoon-shape leaves appear at the ends of spiky branches, along with clusters of tiny flowers.

Echeveria – popular ornamental garden plants, they are drought-resistant however they do well with regular deep watering and fertilizing. They are also ideal for planting in containers.

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Jade Plant – also known as friendship tree, lucky plant or money plant is a succulent plant with small white or pink flowers native to South Africa. It has thick branches and thick, shiny, smooth, leaves in rich jade green shade that grow in opposing pairs along the branches. It is an old-fashioned favorite simply because it is very easy to grow and very vibrant.

Aloe – known for its healing sap which has been used to treat wounds and sunburns for centuries. Any species of Aloe appear to be stemless, with the rosette growing directly at ground level.

Panda Plant – also known as pussy ears and chocolate solider. It is a popular houseplant on account of its small size, dark-red foliage and ease of care.

Pincushion Cactus – also known as foxtail cactus. They are the most common cacti grown in the home. They can remain small and may take the form of clumps, they are often flowering indoors.

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Grandma’s Yellow Rose

August 14, 2014

Nacogdoches also known as Grandma’s Yellow is a real eye catcher!  The bright yellow roses appear throughout the growing season on an upright shrub and are excellent for cutting.  This rose is a modern Floribunda, but unlike its modern rose cousins, it has proven to be disease resistant.

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Nacogdoches Yellow Rose was discovered by that great Texas plantsman, Greg Grant. In Greg’s words Nacogdoches Yellow is the “Yellow Rose for Texas” and he’s right this is probably the best yellow shrub rose currently available. These large, double, bright yellow, lightly fragrant hybrid tea roses are born from spring to fall on this Texas tough and disease resistant old rose. Nacogdoches Rose is a spectacular landscape addition, due to the blooming period starting in late winter and continuing till the next freeze. Wild temperature fluctuations will cause it to stop blooming, but only for a short time.

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According to Texas Cooperative Extension, “Nacogdoches” was found in Nacogdoches, Texas growing under an abandoned motel overhang. Six plants were grown in the garden of Tillie Jungman, near Castroville, Texas. Two of the plants were clearly superior to the other four, being more vigorous and disease-resistant. The roses was tested for disease resistance and suitability for growing in Texas and subsequently renamed “Grandma’s Yellow” in honor of Miss Tillie, who died in 2005.

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Flowering Trees

August 8, 2014

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Cabbage Roses

August 3, 2014

Cabbage Rose (Rosa × centifolia) is complex hybrid bred from Rosa gallica, Rosa moschata, Rosa canina, and Rosa damascena. It was developed by Dutch rose breeders in the period between 17th and 19th century. They were favorite subjects in Old Dutch Masters paintings.

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The cabbage rose is a climbing rose with large flowers that resembles the head of a cabbage and the name centifolia literally means hundred leaved or petaled. The plant is rather prickly with a loose shrub from growing 4 to 5 feet high and is covered in thorns. The flowers are round and globular with numerous overlapping highly scented petals. The flower of the cabbage rose is an old-fashioned favorite and probably the most popular old rose because of its many petals.

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The Cabbage rose is particularly cultivated in the perfume capital of the world, the French city of Grasse. The rose oil is extracted from the blooms of cabbage roses and is used to improve synthetic fragrances and flavour tobacco products and soft drinks.

Growing cabbage roses is relatively easy. It is suited for clay soil rich in humus and with moderate sand levels. Select the cultivars of cabbage roses desired for your garden and then select a spot in your garden where it would receive four or more hours of sun each day. Make sure the location is not cramped or poorly ventilated as this would invite insects and disease problems.

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Water your cabbage rose in the morning daily as they prefer soil that is moist but not soggy. Watering daily for the first year will help develop deep and healthy roots. Fertilize once a month with a commercial or organic rose fertilizer. Mulch roses in winter with compost to preserve the moisture around the plant and protect it from the cold, A strict regimen of water, food and pruning will ensure your cabbage roses are healthy and happy for many years.

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