HHG Gardening Jan/Feb 2012

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Gardening in the Schoolyard Children sitting in classrooms are still in vacation mode and hard-working teachers are anxious to transmit great academic truths to their desk-bound captives.

gardening compositions – poinsettias

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Several years ago my December consisted of spending 11 days with my new grandbaby, about a week with my momma who was recovering from surgery, a few days at work, and the remainder of the month with my husband’s clan down on the family farm. There was little time for Christmas decorating—I LOVE to have holiday decor out during the holidays—and the thought of not having a cheery, festive look was out of the question. So one afternoon I set out to purchase a large assortment of poinsettias, some fresh greenery, and some gold mesh ribbon and had the house …

elegant hardscapes

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Value and enjoyability are primary reasons for adding hardscaping to a home, according to area experts. According to Brien DeGryse of Custom Hardscapes, the appearance and low maintenance of hardscaping, as well as the return on investment when selling a home are important factors. Brad Norris of Norris Architecture says that the texture and interest that pavers and hardscaping create is the reason there is continuing interest in the various treatments to which they lend themselves. Norris says the use of local crab orchard stone is gaining popularity again and reports that he likes to utilize pavers and stone in …

gardening compositions – garden with confidence through fall

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garden compositions—garden with confidence through fall By Mike Sikes, Horticulturist, Gardener’s Confidence Collection Late summer in the garden can sometimes be oppressive. Extreme heat and humidity can drive the gardener inside. Periods of drought can make one shut off the hose and give up. It doesn’t have to be that way. A garden can have color, form, and texture throughout the year.

Exploring Green Interiors – Save Water with Drip Irrigation

Save Water with Drip IrrigationSpring is finally here, and with sunshine and warmer weather, gardens are blooming and landscaping projects have begun. At Beth Haley Design, we just relocated our office to the 12South business district in April. In addition to a new home, we’ve gained a yard! In our plans to keep the space as “green” as possible, water supply and output has been a major concern for the upkeep of our new landscaping. Through research we found the drip irrigation system to be the best solution for our needs. It consists of an underground tubing system that carries …

Gardening Composiions – Plants That Grow Hope

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garden compositions— plants that grow hope This June will mark the seventh year that Southern Land Company has built the home to be raffled off as a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. I love having a small part in this project.

garden compositions—the seedy side

h&h&g gardening – garden compositions—the seedy side It’s interesting to me to observe human nature, how people so often are drawn to knowing the “dirt” on any given person or situation.  We also seem drawn to know what is going on beneath the surface and what are the root issues that produce certain behaviors or results; in a sense, there is a lot of psychological gardening going on. The link between psychology and gardening is a strong one, so what better way to deal with the winter blues than to get the dirt on your favorite new plants by starting …

Plant Spring Bulbs Now

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Tuck Bulbs in the Ground this Fall for Blooms Next Spring Fall is the time to plant tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinths, and other bulbs that bloom in spring. “People figure plants this cool must be tricky,” says Sally Ferguson, director of the Netherlands Flower Bulb Information Center (NFBIC) in Danby, Vt. “But, really they’re super easy to grow! And just one afternoon planting this fall can yield weeks of color next spring!” For information about selecting suitable bulbs, planting tips, and how to maximize the colorful view keeping reading.

garden compositions—the 10 commandments of container gardening

h&h&g gardening garden compositions— the 10 commandments of container gardening Ok, boys and girls, it’s time to gather ‘round for a lesson from the Gospel of Gardening. Put on your best overalls and finest gardening gloves, pull up your wheelbarrow to the potting shed, and sit back on your weeding stool as I present today’s sermon on the Ten Commandments of Container Gardening. These “commandments” are guidelines to help you be successful in your container gardening endeavors.