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A Walk in a Peony GardenA Walk in a Peony Garden
May 29, 2015

Here in the beautiful Willamette Valley of Oregon the spring days are inching their way into summer. What better time to visit a local commercial peony garden to take in the sight of these wonderful plants in bloom.

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Refurbishing a Sedum ChairRefurbishing a Sedum Chair
March 18, 2015

Garden projects incorporating sedum and sempervivum need occasional maintenance to continue looking good.

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A Low-Water-Use Sedum Accent GardenA Low-Water-Use Sedum Accent Garden
March 15, 2015

If you live in an area where water costs are high, you might consider making an "accent" garden using various sedums.

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Don't Toss Those Old Tomato Seeds Before Their Time!Don't Toss Those Old Tomato Seeds Before Their Time!
March 7, 2014

Tomato seeds can stay viable for many years. Just reseal the packet, place in a ziplock sandwich bag and store in the refrigerator crisper. I have had good germination on tomato seeds that were 10+ years old. As you can see, it is also useful to keep track of the number of remaining seeds in the packets from season to season. Without reopening the packet you will have the information at hand to know when to reorder seeds.

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Quest for the Tastiest TomatoesQuest for the Tastiest Tomatoes
March 2, 2014

Avid gardeners everywhere love to talk about their favorite tomato varieties. But how do you know which tomatoes you would like the most, especially if you are a beginning gardener?

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Tango Patterned LiliesTango Patterned Lilies
July 16, 2013

Spots, dots, speckles, freckles, all on steroids. This describes in a nutshell the markings on tango patterned lilies.

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Removing Lily Pollen StainsRemoving Lily Pollen Stains
July 14, 2013

It's bound to happen. We are out in the garden enjoying our flowers, perhaps leaning in a bit to sniff the lilies or scrunching in closer for that perfect photograph. Later we find smears of lily pollen on our clothing.

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Lilies for the GardenLilies for the Garden
July 13, 2013

Hybrid lilies (genus Lilium) are sorted into eight divisions that are based on their genetic background. The most common and readily available lilies for the garden are from Division I, Asiatic hybrids; Division VI, Trumpet hybrids; Division VII, Oriental hybrids; and Division VIII, Interspecific or hybrids that don't fit into any of the other seven divisions.

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Japanese IrisesJapanese Irises
April 14, 2013

The cultivation of Iris ensata was first noted in literature more than five hundred years ago in Japan. Native to eastern China, Siberia, Korea, and throughout Japan, they are found growing in damp areas near streams, ponds, lakes, and marshes. The selective breeding of the species that commenced in the 1800s produced the foundation of the modern Japanese iris. Colors and color patterns have been greatly enhanced over the years.

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