Home and Garden

The most beautiful garden ever, located in Seville’s Alcazar

The best gardens are the gardens that complement their surroundings. A ranch house might look just “wrong” with a formal hedge garden, but some homes need that formal look. You may have a home that has an area that is just perfect for this formality. Picture yourself sitting at a glass-topped table having a morning cup of coffee, listening to a little outdoor fountain surrounded by a room-like hedge.

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Lasagna gardening with speakers Phyllis Smith and Ann Bares, with help from butt

We can thank Master Gardener team leaders Toni Clark, Tony Lucenti, Cecil Hightower, Jerry Jobe, Melissa Starr, Dorothy Norris, Diane Davis, Penny Gilfillian, Phyllis Smith Stellina Reid, Joyce Logan, Carolyn Barras and many more for this years very successful Annual Fall Plant Sale.

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Who doesn’t like a delicious eggplant parmesan brimming with hot, bubbly cheese and marinara sauce? Made from your own homegrown eggplant and tomatoes, of course. It’s not as difficult as you might think to have your own patch of eggplant at easy reach in the backyard.

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I don’t know about you all, but about this time of year, I’m getting anxious for a little cool weather. And not all of us head to Market Basket or H-E-B for our pumpkins and squash when its time to start fall decorating and cooking. Lots of you all have already prepared and planted your fall gardens and are ready to pick those squash, pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes and more. In fact, many local gardeners can just walk into their backyard and pick what they need. Would you like to try? It’s just not that difficult.

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Pick up your telephone and pre-register for the Urban Fruit Tree Workshop. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to learn from the best. The workshop is sponsored by the Texas Agri-Life Extension Agency. Look for the group at 1225 Pearl St., No. 200, Beaumont (corner of Franklin and Pearl).

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Don’t pack away that shovel and trowel. Fall is a great time to plant a few new additions in the landscape. Here are just a few ideas for adding immediate and long-term beauty to your garden.

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Under an asparagus fern’s ‘delicate’ mound of bright green are tiny thorns.

When is a fern not a fern? Well, we all call this plant “asparagus fern,” but no, it’s not actually a fern at all. You can count on this plant with cascading foliage to be super hardy, green and lush even through our summers of relentless heat.

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Eileen Slater, Best of Show
Melissa Starr,  Best Fruit and  Tomato

At Central Mall recently, local gardeners got to show off. County Extension Agent Emilee Bean helped record all of the fun and note the winners at the Jefferson County Fruit, Herb and Vegetable Show. Truth be told, they are winners all. A total of 78 entries were judged for quality and uniformity. In my book, each and every one of those gardeners are champs.

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It was amusing to see a website entitled Dummies.com. One of their many subjects covered planting a window box container garden. We all love container gardening whether we have an apartment, patio home or a few acres. You can picture that most perfect window box garden if you just close your eyes. You imagine a well-tended home with decorative boxes under the windows with dozens of colorful plants just spilling out over the sides. Those lovely flowers and trailing ivy just give a home so much personality.

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Rosey

Rosey is a lovely little lady looking for a nice, new home. She’s as cheerful as a cricket and she would like to share her good spirit with you! Rosey is a 5-year old, 15-pound terrier mix. She has a white, scruffy coat and is quite adorable. Volunteers rescued Rosey from a local pound.

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