Home and Garden

As long-time gardeners know, the bank is not the only way to save for the future. They save seeds from their harvest and from favorite plants. By saving seeds, you can save money. Also, by saving the seeds of the tallest or most colorful of the plants, you can begin to manipulate the preferred genetic traits in your next year’s plants.

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Bulbous, smelly, yet oh so good is one description of the Allium genus, or onions. These popular rhizomes can be either perennial or biennial. The onion is native to the northern hemisphere, Ethiopia, South Africa and Mexico.

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How aptly named can a plant be? Just look at the “Topsy Turvy” for an answer to that question. This quick-growing succulent takes on a swirling, rosette shape with its leaves pointing inward toward the center of the plant. It looks like your favorite ride at the carnival.

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Have you ever planted roses? They are one of the most revered garden choices the world over. A short visit to our own Tyrrell Park Rose Garden will demonstrate just how well roses can grow here.

The charming old book “The Pleasures of Gardening” by Angela Stanford gives some fun history of the rose. Egyptian roses were shipped to Rome when the Italian roses were out of bloom. On Nero’s order, millions of rose petals were strewn in the streets during festivals.

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My name is “Spot.” I am a 1-year-old female akita/shepherd mix. I weigh 67 pounds. I came to the shelter as a stray, and no one has claimed me. I am good with other dogs. I am a working dog and will need lots of exercise. My looks are a little intimidating, but my personality will melt your heart. Apartment living is not for me; I love the great outdoors with a big fenced-in yard with lots of toys. Please come and give me a good home.

 

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My name is Sparky. I am a 2-year-old pit bull/Lab mix. I weigh 65 pounds. I am good with older children and other dogs. I am very sweet, lovable, and I love to ride in the car. I was brought to the shelter as a stray and no one has claimed me. Don’t condemn me because of my breed. I am not a fighter, just a lover. I can make a good pet for a loving family.

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One flower that is not usually overlooked is the brightly colored sunflower. This cheerful giant is a beauty, partially edible and talented, as well. Did you know that the sunflower gracefully turns its head to follow the sun each day?

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Yes, you can make your own fertilizers. The ultimate avid gardener recipe would be the recipe to make super good, organic fertilizers for your own use.

For some people, home gardening is an expensive pursuit. But at one time people gardened because homegrown produce was far better and cheaper than anything from the store. Any of the farmers of years ago knew, just like we know today, that to have healthy plants, you need healthy soil. An interesting Web site for “down home gardening” is backwoodshome.com.

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Have you ever wanted a touch of Hawaii in your yard? The lovely plumeria will make you feel like you have just landed on the islands. What a beautiful fragrance!Any good flight to the island of Hawaii ends with the passengers departing the plane and someone putting a lei around your neck. That lovely traditional lei is strung with the blossoms from the ubiquitous plumeria plant.

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You like to be involved in “firsts”? Well, the Golden Triangle Rose Society will be hosting the “first” rose show in the garden center at Tyrrell Park on Saturday, April 30. You are invited!

The show is open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. in the Beaumont Botanical Garden at Tyrell Park. There is no admission fee for visitors. The Golden Triangle Rose Society members will have cut roses as well as arrangements of roses for sale.

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