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The large glasshouses of the Jardin des Plantes
You will have a chance to see specimens from Madagascar which used to be a French colony so has still strong links with France though it is often despised because of the poverty and corruption of this country, Southern Madagascar is where is found the...
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Garden Visitor: The House Wren
Its nondescript appearance belies the house wren's special talent -- each spring, this tiny brown bird delivers serenades worthy of an opera star. Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds -- House Wren
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Homemade Gifts from the Garden
The beauty of these types of plants is that they are made for sharing. The garden is a great source for all sorts of homemade gifts that are perfect for the holidays! You don't need to spend a lot of time shopping for gifts if you have a garden.
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Three Aralias for your indoor gardens
At first glance, though, you'd hardly guess they are closely related. They have a fussy reputation, and many owners comment about unexplained leaf drop. Let's look at Ming, dinnerplate, and false aralias which are making appearances as small potted plants...
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Yes, Joyce, there is a Money Tree (Pachira)
Ugh, tax time! Are you wishing that you had a magic money tree? A minor point but one that some readers may find importantMoney Tree art at left by the incomparable "Inky" Used here with permission, Thank you! Inky Art not to be used elsewhere without...
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Garden Crafts: How-to Instructions For A Macrame\' Hanging Planter
Slip the end of your cord through the loop at the bottom and pull up on the top cord that is still sticking out of the coil. The left side cord is then brought behind the carrier cords and pulled through the loop that the right side cord has made.
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Bad luck with houseplants? Try lucky bamboo
Planters with many stems are proportionally more expensive. Longer stems, and curled and curved stems, cost more because of longer production time. The architectural look of the stems and the simplicity of the few leaves invites creativity.
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A Grapevine Christmas Tree
It was so secure that I could easily pick it up and move it.Next came the task of adding twinkle lights. I visualized a simple tree made of grapevines. I decided that I should have a second tree--one that celebrated the garden and was large enough to...
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It\'s For The Birds
Under the eaves, in the soffiting, in the shortest bush in the yard, in the chimney.After coming to the conclusion that I should probably provide them with a safer place to nest I discovered that the bird house has evolved far from the old wooden structures...
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Warm and Cozy Buckwheat Seeds?
It's sometimes used as a plant to prevent erosion or as wildlife cover and feed. I also found some other sites that showed the seeds made into small pillows that could be used in the same way.
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My favorite, versatile, new gardening tool is my \
I can't believe the quality I get from this little device, especially in coping with low light situations. My smart phone has an awesome utility for keeping records, issuing reminders, and gathering information.
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Botanical Garden Plant Sales ~ A Shopping Frenzy for Gardeners!
If you're unfamiliar with Botanical Gardens that might be in your area,within a chosen radius of your location. Read on for more information about these terrific sales and how you can join the "Shopping Frenzy"!
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A House for the Heavenly - Bluebird Nestbox Basics
Eastern Bluebirds prefer a wide-open habitat (no understory) with low grass. Or how about that fence post? This box has a high field-test rating with bluebirds. The spooker is added above the house after the first bluebird egg is laid.
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Why Build a Bat House
Many gardens use birdhouses to attract spectacular creatures that add color and movement to the landscape. Imagine what a small colony can do, all without the harmful effects of pesticides.Each moth a bat eats represents that many less caterpillars waging...
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Hummers at your window - a great gift idea!
It was a little more trouble to clean, but the glass bottle can be put in the dishwasher.Now it was time to shop for a window feeder. There is a 16 ounce size available, but as I was planning on more than one feeder I didn't think I needed the extra volume.
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House Wrens, House Wren Houses, and Not-For-House-Wrens Houses
Into choosing one. He'll make several in a relatively small area, and then try to tempt a Mrs. You might like to visit thefor a drawing and description, and to hear Carolina Wren songs.
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Gardeners in the White House
He passed away two days later.John Adams developed from a farmer to a gardener with an appreciation for beauty and design thanks to both his relationship with Thomas Jefferson and his own frequent European travels.
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Extreme birdhouses; designed and built by DG member John Looser
He says, "the birds wasted no time moving in". After a devastating doctor's diagnosis, John's passion for woodworking and building houses emerged in a relentless drive to build wonderful birdhouses.
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Party Favors From the Heart: African Violets and Handmade Containers
Each pot was a slightly different shape, with a slightly different color. During this journey, I learned a lot about how African Violets, patience, and generosity.During this process, I also discovered the wonderful world of miniature African Violets.
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Gardening Gifts A to Z
Easy on, durable, wash with a hose--what's not to love? Look for fat brown blobs labeled taro, malanga or yautia. Harper's, linked just above, has lots of ideas.- Don't be alarmed by that strange word.
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Diana\'s Anise Biscotti
Anise is an annual plant with white, umbel flowers and a long taproot. Our family's favorite recipe for Sicilian anise toast cookies, Biscotti all'Anice, uses fresh fennel or anise seeds from our garden, which add a special flavor to these low-fat cookies.
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What the Gardener Gets for Christmas
No gardener needs dozens however. In March I had the vague sense I'd seen the new month's scene before, so I cheated and inspected the 12 months at once. We desire acres of weed-free earth replete with earthworms when everyone else wants a red sports...
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Plant Profiles For New Gardeners: Sempervirens tectorum, Hens and Chicks
To transplant, simply detach one of the runners with a 'chick' at the end and pin it in its new home until roots appear.Forgetful gardeners will be happy to note that this plant can survive long periods of neglect.
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Gifts from and for Gardeners: How to Make a Discharge Printed Vest
The bleaching process will start, but you don't have time to sit and admire it. Spray bleach over the entire item in an even mist. Do not ignore this step. This will be for stopping the bleaching process when you are done.
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Handmade decorative paper with added flowers, seeds, leaves
Stir well to mix. The old paper can be junk mail, computer paper, greeting cards, used wrapping paper, or similar items. Many commercial papers like newspaper and cardboard have chemical additives that hold the wood pulp together and I prefer not to use...
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Plant Profiles for New Gardeners: Zinnias
Gardeners that plant to attract colorful winged visitors won't be disappointed with zinnias. Powdery mildew is a fungus that thrives in damp, humid conditions, so keeping the leaves dry with good air circulation is the best prevention.
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Clay Critters for Plant Pots: A great kid craft for inside days
Gently flatten onto your work surface to make an oval disc, perhaps 2 inches long. Last summer, we came up with the idea of making clay critters to hang from the edges of pots, and I thought it would make a great kid craft for a winter snow day!Polymer...
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Phalaenopsis - the Beginner\'s Orchid
Phalaenopsis hybrids growing in a commercial orchid nurseryThe large white and pink hybrids are among the most popularMore exotic are the yellow spotted types and green-flowered Phalaenopsis or moth orchids, are among the easiest and most popular orchids...
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Just add water, Paperwhites bring a hint of spring
Leaves will grow first, soon followed by flowers. Expect blooms in roughly three weeks from "planting."When giving forced paperwhite as a gift, I'd recommend one of the following options:Plant the bulbs and begin watering two weeks before giving.
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