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Expert Pruning Secrets for Exquisite Roses

Encourage gorgeous blooms year after year with this time-tested advice on how to prune your rosebush in winter for health and shape Full Story
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kaseefeld
Why do some pruned canes produce leaves that end with a nub but no flower? This even happens sometimes when canes pruned above an outside 5 leaf bud
June 9, 2014 at 12:39pm   
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Dove Cochrane
Kaseefeld, I'm not sure if I'm answering the right question, but here goes. When you prune/cut back a cane there will be some dieback from the cut. Therefore you need to be sure you cut the cane about 3/4 of an inch above the bud (bud as in the nodule where a new cane will grow from, not referring a flower bud) if you don't leave space for dieback it can kill the new cane bud and that could leave a nub. Did that help at all?
June 9, 2014 at 4:04pm   
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10 Native Wildflowers to Beautify Your Winter Garden

They stand strong in wind, feed wildlife and are easy to grow. But you may want to add these plants for their looks alone Full Story
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landscapedesigner
I love the combination of winterberry "Ilex Verticulata" in the snow
January 26, 2014 at 5:59am     
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a_gneiss_guy
Since October when I moved into my new house in Gardner, KS I have found winter smooth sumac (rhus glabra) appealing for aesthetics and a place for birds to rest while taking turns at the bird feeder. When researching the shrub, I have found in August it's fruit can be used to flavor water that apparently has a lemonade taste. It grows in colonies and I plan on expanding it's presence in my backyard. More info: http://www.treetopics.com/rhus_glabra/index.htm
February 1, 2014 at 9:09pm   
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Great Design Plant: Northern Bush Honeysuckle, a Bronze Beauty

It helps control erosion and takes sun or shade. The butterflies love it. But the best part of this shrub may be the vivid foliage Full Story
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martinmittelmark
Sometimes the purpose of a poem is not to entertain. But to transport us from the intellectual, where we are searching for something, to where the heart or spirit is and when we feel with our hearts, then we feel contented like children, for our hearts really are "our home".

Finally, your heartbeat or breathing have a certain rhythm and when you tune into that rhythm you connect with your soul and heart. For nature made the rhythm of the heart and man made the language which aids in his search for answers. But there is really little need for answers, when the spirit knows all already.
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For those that asked, my photos were taken mid-June. (Just checked the date stamp)
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Big Foliage for Small Spaces

Use bold, large-leaved plants to create intriguing contrast in a garden where they’re least expected Full Story
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denold
Sad to see that most of these pretty plants are not going to live in our zone.
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mmers
Denold, I'm zone 3 (Calgary, Alberta). There are lots of big leaved foliage plants that are fine here - ligularia are great for shade, I have a couple of angelica gigas plants that have HUGE leaves, many of the hostas, brunnera (already mentioned in this article) are great. Also you can sometimes pick up tropicals for good prices - I know HD and Rona sometimes mark them down - you can pick them up in the winter months and put them out in the summer. I have not a great deal of luck in bringing them inside in the fall but if they are cheap, I'm ok with that.
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11 Reasons to Paint Your Interior Doors Black

Brush on some ebony paint and turn a dull doorway into a model of drop-dead sophistication Full Story
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maryannelooby
@princesshoneybadger...what paint did you use? You space is awesome!
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texasmama22
love it, on my way to store for gallons of black paint!
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Great Design Plant: Try California Wild Grape for Interest All Year

Sure, it’s stunning in fall. But the spring buds, summer grapes and gnarled winter vines are gorgeous too Full Story
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Kathleen Marineau
We covered 40' of cheap wire fence at our place in the foothills, about an hour out of Yosemite, with one plant. It was the same species as found in The Grapevine area of Kern County, a stretch of old 99 hwy which is now I-5. The pea sized grapes held on the vine until October allowing me to extend my canning season. They make wonderful jelly.
July 23, 2014 at 11:18am     
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victoran
Miss my dad's grapes and the challenge to keep the squirrels and birds from eating them before they were ripe. EVen putting bags around each bunch of grapes didn't help a lot. This article brings back happy memories,
July 23, 2014 at 1:01pm     
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10 Smart Ideas for Your Laundry Room Remodel

Make washing and drying easier and more comfortable by considering ergonomics, storage and special features Full Story
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pursekeys
Thanks to John Whipple for some important comments. We live in a contemporary 1974 house, and although its overall design is still very much in today's style of living, we discovered that the 1974 plumbing is not big enough to handle a direct connection to the washing machine and would be very expensive and disruptive to replace. As a result, we can't eliminate the large laundry tub that handles the water discharge and are currently looking for something in stainless steel that is easier to clean than the existing acrylic (?) model. If you live in a pre 80's house, make sure your plumbing can handle a direct water discharge while planning your remodel. Also, we discovered that our existing laundry chute is considered a fire hazard and we boarded it up; I'm surprised that they are still being made. I still use my top loading washer; it runs perfectly after 13 years, so my initial interest in moving to a more "fashionable" front load look in the laundry room has waned considerably. Do your technical homework before remodeling a wet area that requires certain safety standards in plumbing, electrical, and floor surfaces.
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dawnstrazzeri
My stove is more of a fire hazard than my laundry chute. People can go overboard worrying about every safety hazard in life.
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