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Flocked Christmas Trees, an American Tradition.

Posted by Kim Ellson - Gardening

Flocked Christmas trees, a vague reminder of the past or a current day trend? Numbers seem to reflect an increase in popularity as more and more people seek out these once popular trees. For many of us flocked trees bring back memories of our childhood, warm and fuzzy memories, happy memories. Maybe our parents had one, or our grandparents, and we grew used to seeing th...

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Poinsettias

Keeping Poinsettias Beautiful!

Posted by Kim Ellson - Gardening

I recently gave a friend a beautiful Poinsettia plant and her first response was 'Well, I will probably have this for all of 3 days!'. When I asked her what she meant she replied that she always managed to kill Poinsettia plants in record time. Now granted, 3 days might be a little extreme, but the jest is that Poinsettias do not last. In fact for many just keeping your plant looking good until...

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Fall Bed

Fall cleanup... friend or foe?

I have perennial beds in front of my house, in front of the front window. They are driving me crazy this year because they catch all of the leaves that the west wind blows into my front yard. I just get them cleaned out and the leaves just blow right back in. I must have raked 6 or 7 times, but within two days they have filled up again. What can I do to keep the leaves out? Should I just mo...

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