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Adenium: From Parents to ProgenyAdenium: From Parents to Progeny
May 2, 2010

I'm no expert, but I've been doing this for 25 years and I've learned a few things; one of them is how to make adenium produce seed pods. The photo shows a few I picked last week. As I said, I ain't no expert, but it sure has worked for me. I will start from the beginning, from what I use to pollinate the flower all the way to planting the seeds and having seedlings sprouting.

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Adenium 101Adenium 101
April 27, 2010

I use the same potting mix for starting seed and for growing them to about 8 months. At that point I move them up to larger pots and to one of two mixes.

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The beauty of Bark, Flowers, and LeavesThe beauty of Bark, Flowers, and Leaves
April 25, 2010

As spring unfolds its true majesty, we gasp at the beauty of spring flowers and rightly so. But there are also some wonderful delights to see in plants, in their bark or in the colour and texture of their leaves.

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Beckenham Place Park and Carl LinnaeusBeckenham Place Park and Carl Linnaeus
April 19, 2010

This incredibly beautiful and historic park is a hidden jewel, 237 acres of pure magic and mystery. I always did find something to stare and wonder at years ago when I first worked in it; I still do on the regular visits I take now. It is simply an enigmatic, awesome and breathtaking place of indescribable beauty set in vast proportions.

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London's Green ParksLondon's Green Parks
April 17, 2010

People think of London as a sprawling mass of concrete or lots of old ancient buildings with an untold history, but it is a lot more than that. Around London is the protected 'Green Belt' and in London itself there are many green spaces; from the giant Royal Parks, Botanic Gardens, privately owned parks to more modest parks, then the Victorian Parks, down to the much used Municipal\Council Parks; all beautiful and each one designed and kept for a different use and reason.

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The Runaway BallsThe Runaway Balls
April 15, 2010

My husband surprised me one day with two large stone balls for the front garden. He had to have two men help him place them. I just loved them peeking out of the salvias near the sidewalk. Our neighbors would walk up the hill and take a rest, letting their kids sit on top of the balls. This is a story of how the balls wound up hidden in our backyard.

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Simple Delight:  A Hanging Basket with Many UsesSimple Delight: A Hanging Basket with Many Uses
April 13, 2010

Here is a fragrant and simple hanging basket in which many of the plants can be grown from seeds or simply purchased in the spring and planted together for an immediate full display. However, its virtues go far beyond providing basic visual interest in the garden. Read on to find out more!

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Talking About NasturtiumsTalking About Nasturtiums
April 12, 2010

I have a personal fondness for this old-fashioned flower. Its delicate fragrance takes me back to when I was a young girl spending many hours in the garden. The taste of the sweet nectar from the spur of the nasturtium, the skipper butterflies fluttering around, and the ladybugs . . . I'm transported back in time.

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A Cold Snap Stops Everything for a WeekA Cold Snap Stops Everything for a Week
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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
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
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
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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