Home and Garden

Gulliver

Gulliver is quite a captivating fellow! He is a 4-year old, 36-pound Australian shepherd/collie mix. He will be a smart, loyal, highly trainable dog and a perfect family guy. Gulliver is a medium size dog, making him a perfect fit for your home. Volunteers rescued Gulliver from a local pound, not from the Lilliputians! No one knows anything of Gulliver’s travels, but what is known is that you will want to travel over to the shelter to visit him soon!

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James Farmer III

Magnolia Garden Club has an out­standing event planned for our area and you are invited. On March 18 at Beaumont Botanical Center, you can hear a lecture and enjoy a demonstra­tion by James Farmer III. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the lecture will begin at 10 a.m.

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Finchy

Hello! My name is Finchy! Don’t you just love all of the colors on my soft, silky coat? It’s almost like I’m all dressed up in a costume and celebrating Halloween! But don’t worry, I am just this cute year-round! What’s more important is that I am a fun and very loving girl! I LOVE to be held. And love to play and explore just as much as I love to snuggle!

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Twice as Nice Daylily

Sometimes we might want to plant an area with blooming flowers we can rely on for color all summer. Long-blooming perennials make this a possibility. We can consider these long blooming perennials the “workhorses” of the garden.

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Agapanthus blooms come in many different colors, but the blue is a favorite, wit

Gardens all throughout our area are struttin’ their stuff with spring in full swing. One of the most outstanding shows is the agapanthus in bloom. Oh yes, the agapanthus will stop you in your tracks with their stately beauty and wonderful fragrance.

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I begged, yes, I begged. When I heard that Robin Powell, gardener and real estate agent, had a 70-year-old grapefruit tree next door in her son Eric’s yard, I really wanted some of those local grapefruit. The sweet, thin skinned, juicy grapefruit did not disappoint! The Powells live in the closely-knit community of Sour Lake. They discovered the tree years ago and have been enjoying these delicious grapefruit for years. Granddaughter Isabella Powell was the first to add that her daddy’s tree is the best grapefruit tree anywhere, and I’ll have to admit she might be right.

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January is sometimes a bad month for gardening in the yard, so we may turn our attention to perusing seed catalogs, cleaning tools and generally organizing our sheds and garages. Lots of us have huge stacks of those containers of all sizes that we use to bring our plants home. There are quite a few uses for them other than just replanting plants into them.

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Roadside vendors occasionally have signs advertising their sale of mayhaw jelly. There are even Mayhaw festivals in Hull-Daisetta, Texas (May 2-4 2013); El Dorado, Ark.; Marion, La.; Starks, La.; and Colquitt, Ga. What’s all the fuss about?

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Hanging Basket

We all love the look of hanging baskets on a porch or under a trellis. You might have great luck with other container plants, but your thumb turns black when you’ve tried to nurture hanging baskets. They are not difficult to build or maintain if you follow just a few guidelines.

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Want to create a fantastic fall garden? By now, your yard might be looking a little neglected. We all think of spring and summer as times to make our yard and garden areas shine, but why not fall? Leftover and sad looking plants in mud-spattered, tilted containers and summer flowers on their last leg are easy to replace.

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