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Testing Bargain Camellias (And Other Plants)
The above picture is of a new variety of camellia. If I am correct, it is one of a series called 'October Magic', this particular variety being named 'Orchid'. Most camellias bloom late winter to early spring.This plant is said to bloom in fall, at a time when there is little else in bloom. I like that.
Use Your Own Mind When Making Purchases
What is a 'benhad'? It's not the lowest soldier rank in Xerxes Persian army, nor is it the latest hair style craze by Lauri Pedaja. A benhad is simply a person who has been had by the system.
Photograph Your Garden In Early Light
I haven't had camera as long as most of you. I've just been picking up bits of information as I need it. I wouldn't know an 'f' stop from a short stop with the New York Yankees. I've always heard though about the wonders of early morning light. It is a great time to take pictures.
Argiope ~ The Writing Spider
We, and most of our neighbors, had gardens. They were always home to several writing spiders. With this spider being very active during the day, it was not uncommon to encounter a few during any visit to the garden.
Comparing CFL And LED Lightbulbs
I have three 48 inch double fluorescent lamp fixtures mounted under an upper kitchen cabinet. I use them to start seedlings during late winter. Over time, all the 40 watt lamps have dimmed. Even when new, these 6 lamps did not produce near the light my plants needed. At a cost of $30.00 to replace all lamps. I decided to go a different route.
Taking Multiple Cuttings From A Rose Bush
This past spring, I bought a floribunda rose named 'Summer Romance'. A $15 rose for $3. It was 1½-2 feet tall. Since that time, it has grown to over 6 feet. It has not bloomed.
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Homemade Panko Breadcrumbs
I had never used panko. I bought a can out of curiosity. I thought it was OK, but I also thought I could do better. I did do better. This homemade panko made with fresh baked French bread is far better than what you buy after it sits on a shelf for who knows how long.
Clean Fridge And Freezer Interior With Peroxide
For years I've used baking soda to clean inside my refrigerator and freezer. I've found something I think I like better. Peroxide.
Wear Gardening Gloves For The Unexpected
Some time back I wrote an article on the importance of wearing gloves while working in areas that might be infested with black widow spiders. One might do well to consider gloves when working in other areas, too.
Keeping Mice And Rats Away
For many years now, I've had an annual visitor. Never the same one, but always arriving at the same time and always choosing to set up housekeeping in the same area of my home.
Cleaning Mold From Vinyl Siding
In another post, I mentioned having used equal parts household chlorine bleach and white vinegar to remove green mold growing on the vinyl siding facade on the north side of my home. It is quite effective. But, I've found something much better, a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.
The Animals Speak
When I was twenty-four, I took a walk through a meadow near my home. Where the meadow ended, a few small trees had cropped up here and there. Some small Dogwoods were in the mix. I thought I spotted a Trillium. As I bent over to get a better look, I braced myself by grabbing on to one of the lower branches of a nearby dogwood.
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Little Duckling Clematis
I've posted pictures of the Little Duckling clematis a couple of times before. This one is a little different and a little special.
Clean Lines For Small Lawn
I have a good sized piece of property. As I get older, it seems to get even larger when it comes time to mow it with a push mower. Doc says the exercise is good for me. But then, he ain't the one doing the pushing.
A Rose Named Charlie
A friend lives in a house built around 1920. There are a lot of treasures to be found on the grounds. Old, unkempt apple and plum trees. Flowering hedges here and there. Peach trees.
The Most Welcome Bees
Without bees, there would be worldwide, mass starvation. Their health and their abundance has been in jeopardy for years. I don't follow this issue closely, but I do make mental notes while I'm out gardening.
October Blooming Clematis (Elsa Spath)
It's been a hard year for all my plants. Things have looked pretty grim all season. I lost so many roses to spores that thrive in the damp. This may be the first year I didn't try something new.
Mini Garden Tour
Last year, early one morning, I put together and posted a very nice tour of a few of my flowers in bloom. This tour was not planned, so don't expect anything fancy.
Countertop Heated By Electric Fry Pan
Almost Care Free Roses
Cute Little Squirrel
Using Decorative Window Film on a Kitchen Exterior Door
The Nitty Gritty On Peeling Boiled Eggs
The Vidalia Onion
Monologue Of A Killer Wasp
Tips For Boiling Eggs
What Do Babies Dream About?
Using Google Search to Answer Questions
Organizing Recipes This Coming Fall
Corn Kernel For Rooting Cuttings
Why Do My Eggs Freeze?
Do Wisterias Weep?
Shop Specifically For Plant Bargains
Yellow Potato Harvest
Euonymus As Foundation Planting
Suggestions for Serving Cold Sautéed Salmon
Peachy Knockout Rose
Cleaning 'Ring Around The Collar'
Sweet Potato Smoothie
The Chicago Peace Rose
Kordes' Dark Desire Rose
Phalaris, A Family of Beautiful Grasses
Viola At Dusk
Bearded Iris "Velna"
An Iris For Betty (Yellow Iris)
Summer Romance Rose
Product Review: Falcon 4 Lawn Grass Seed
My First Iris 2018
'Crystal Palace' Clematis
The Beautiful Female Goldfinch
Yellow In My Garden
Why Do We Keep Keepsakes?
Laundry Detergent Drawer Sachets
Clematis 'Elsa Spath'
Is This Contact Paper?
Goldfinches Feasting On Poa Seed
WalMart Deal Alert: Scissor and Basting Brush
Mile High Pansies
Another Wisteria Photo
Reuse Peroxide Bottles
An Ant Remedy Worth Repeating
Starting Seedlings In Kitty Litter
Will Newspaper Printed with Soy Ink Streak Windows?
Clean Serrated Knives With Brush
The Pansy Flower
Nutty Flavor Pancakes
Comparing On-line to In-store Paint Color Chips
Trivia About Robins
Christmas Gifts: It's The Thought That Counts
Making Throw Pillows
Use Salt To Prevent Bleeding Fabric Dye
Do Rats Have Flatulence?
Buy Close Outs To Try New Foods
An Early Snow
Overwintering Corkscrew Vine (Vigna Caracalla)
Living With Hype ~ Then And Now
Clematis - Belle Of Woking
Rocks To Keep Eggs Upright While Boiling
Washington State Red Delicious Apple
An Ever Changing Rose ~ Playboy
Enjoying The Offerings Of Autumn
Goodness Still Exists
The Changing Of The Seasons
Weigela Florida As Privacy Screen
My Miracle Rose (Pristine)
Sweet Tango Apples
A Bug Named Katy (Cicada)
Free Houseplant Soil
Don't Discard Sick Plants Too Hastily
Making a Frozen Pizza Crust Crispy
Save Money On Pansies
Rose Witches Broom
Wisteria Serves Double Duty
What Is This Plant?
Testing Eggs For Cracks
Corkscrew Vine Bloom Time
Hairnets To Protect Small Plants
Know Your Beneficial Insects
Compact Seed Starter Tray
Kordes' Perfect Rose
When To Plant Moonflower Vine (Ipomoea alba) Seed
A Misnamed Rose (Playboy)
Pristine Rose At Dusk
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