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A Cold Snap Stops Everything for a WeekA Cold Snap Stops Everything for a Week
By NEILMUIR1 on April 11, 2010

Everybody seemed happy in the sun. Instead of looking down at the ground on their way to work, people held their heads high and were stopping to look at the wonderful spring flowers. Then it became overcast and the rain started; cold days and very cold nights set in for a week. On Monday morning we all awoke to clear blue skies; the sun came out, and everything was suddenly happy once again.

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Installing a Backyard Rainwater Harvesting SystemInstalling a Backyard Rainwater Harvesting System
By Bubbles on April 6, 2010

If you've ever watched the rain shoot off your roof, across the yard and soak into your neighbors' garden, you may appreciate this article. What follows is a fairly inexpensive alternative to rain barrels on every down spout. It's easy to do, especially if you can talk someone else into doing it!

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Spring Plants and FlowersSpring Plants and Flowers
By NEILMUIR1 on April 3, 2010

The majesty of spring always seems a long time coming, but then suddenly it is upon us in its full glory. Once there was hardly anything, but now it is hard to keep up with the awe-inspiring sights that appear everywhere.

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Growing Sempervivum, Jovibarba and Jovibarba heuffeliiGrowing Sempervivum, Jovibarba and Jovibarba heuffelii
By valleylynn on April 1, 2010

There are hundreds of cultivars to choose from, most are easy to find; others are more difficult. Plant trading is a wonderful way to increase your collection. It really does become addictive to some of us.

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Japanese Irises: Dispelling the Prima Donna MythJapanese Irises: Dispelling the Prima Donna Myth
By PollyK on March 31, 2010

Some of my customers see the pictures of lovely Japanese irises on my website and say, "I wish I could grow some of those; they're so beautiful but so hard to grow." Are Japanese irises really that touchy? No, I don't think so.

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How To Make Your Own Succulent WreathHow To Make Your Own Succulent Wreath
By goldfinch4 on March 30, 2010

The directions for making a succulent wreath are very simple. The same method can be used for any topiary form using sedum or sempervivum. The directions below are for using semps and a wreath frame.

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Spring Flowers 2010Spring Flowers 2010
By NEILMUIR1 on March 29, 2010

After the harsh long winter we all had, the arrival of spring is eagerly awaited. Once the snow was gone the north winds and the frost did not allow much plant growth at all.

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All About PurslaneAll About Purslane
By Boopaints on March 28, 2010

Living in a dry heat with high temperatures between 105 and 110 during the summer, purslane laughs in your face and thrives here in Phoenix, Arizona. Add some incredible, edible ornamental purslane to your garden this summer! A salsa with purslane recipe is included in the article.

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Maintenance of HouseplantsMaintenance of Houseplants
By threegardeners on March 26, 2010

Properly watering, fertilizing, and making sure your houseplants have enough light is just part of the equation to healthy plants. You also have to maintain them.

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Hypertufa, the Look of Carved StoneHypertufa, the Look of Carved Stone
By goldfinch4 on March 26, 2010

Do you like the looks of carved stone planters? Then hypertufa is for you. Here is my recipe and instructions on how to make your own unique trough, bowl, or box.

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Hardy Easy SedumHardy Easy Sedum
By valleylynn on March 23, 2010

Sedum are extremely easy to grow. They prefer well drained soil and full sun, but will tolerate a variety of conditions. No special soil treatment is necessary when you plant sedum, although it’s a good idea to add a little compost.

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Big Daddy Drac!Big Daddy Drac!
By haighr on March 23, 2010

Dracuncula Vulgaris - Not as stinky as you think! So you have heard and read about these stinky plants, but have you ever grown one? Try it, they will become the talk of your garden!

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Arrangements 101 - You Can Do This!Arrangements 101 - You Can Do This!
By haighr on March 19, 2010

Have you ever seen an arrangement and thought , "That is the prettiest thing I have ever seen, I could never do that!" Well, you were wrong, now you can!

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Constructing a Temporary GreenhouseConstructing a Temporary Greenhouse
By Bubbles on March 18, 2010

These instructions are for you to put away somewhere for fall. You know, after you buy all of those hibiscus and bananas and realize you don't have room to store them in the garage. If you're an engineer, do not read any further... This greenhouse is low-tech and designed to fit below the fence line if necessary, to appease one picky neighbor or an entire neighborhood association. You can make yours any length or height you prefer. I made mine rather long so that I could fit quite a few pots in. Well, honestly, I made it that long because my husband was out of town and I could! Mine was tall because I was covering some palms and large pots that I didn’t want to move.

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The Chelsea Flower ShowThe Chelsea Flower Show
By NEILMUIR1 on March 15, 2010

The Chelsea Flower Show is the most famous flower show in the world. Vitally important for the whole of the Horticultural community, it is also important to everyone from statue and furniture makers, to Artists, clothing designers, hat makers, newly released books and the must-have gadgets of the moment. To many people, it is the place to see new plants, to place an order for some or just a social event. Others like to meet the TV gardeners or simply to get a plant identified.

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Growing PainsGrowing Pains
By valleylynn on January 1, 2010

A plant clinic for Sempervivum, Jovibarba and J. heuffelii. This is a companion article for the Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum.

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