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Camellia For Valentine’s

Like many of America’s favorite plants, the camellia is native to Asia. One tradition holds that Europeans and Americans first wanted the plants for commercial cultivation — Camellia sinensis for tea and Camellia oleifera for seed oil used in cooking and cosmetics. Instead of supplying these species, which produce understated little flowers, the Chinese slipped traders plants and seeds of

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Thinking About Planting a Dye Garden?

Traditional dye plants offer intriguing materials for the gardener who is also a spinner or weaver, or who just wants to experiment with the vast usefulness of the natural world. Nature has its own subtle palette of colors and this little garden represents a few of the dozens of plant dye possibilities, which even include some nuts, fruits, vegetables, and

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A Passion For Herbs

Herbs are a fascinating group of plants with a history of cultivation stretching back to the dawn of civilization. Once the herb garden was a practical project, necessary for supplying flavorings for the kitchen and medicines for the family. Today, gardeners are growing herbs for medicinal purposes and for their attractive looks, pleasing fragrances, and tasty flavors. Whether your interest

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Already Thinking About Designing A Herb Garden?

There are many books written on the various types of herb gardens. Invest in at least one good book on growing herbs that includes garden tips, what herbs to use for what purpose, and harvesting guidelines. Several types of gardens with plant suggestions are outlined below. You may notice that some herbs appear in more than one garden type. This

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Water Lilies

Water lilies – or Nymphaea, are considered by many to be the jewels of the pond. Not only are they beautiful to look at, but they also serve an important purpose in the pond, mainly in aiding its ecosystem. Water lilies spread across the water‘s surface, filling it with color and vibrancy all the while keeping the pond and the creatures in

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Get Ahead of Your Garden: Start Seedlings and Creating A Garden Journal.

With a plan, some simple supplies, and the right care, you can get a head start on your spring garden by growing seedlings indoors. Heirloom enthusiasts interested in rare varieties will love the benefits of starting seeds early. Every gardener has particular moments that are his or her absolute favorites of a growing season — moments like receiving a much-anticipated

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The Rose {June Birth Flower}

COMMON NAME: Rose GENUS: Rosa SPECIES, HYBRIDS, CULTIVARS: Types of roses: Old-fashioned-includes the older hybrids. Hybrid tea-large blooms. Floribundas-smaller blossoms borne in clusters. Modern shrub-large flowered. Climbers and ramblers-vigorous climbing habit. Miniature-tiny, with semi-double or double flowers. FAMILY:  Rosaceae BLOOMS: summer TYPE: Perennial DESCRIPTION:  It is difficult to find any flower more beautiful than roses. The grace and elegance of the flower

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