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This is the other thing I like about David Austin roses by Elizabeth Licata

On Saturday, my stylist was showing me her long hedge of Knock Outs (various colors, don’t know the type) in front of her house and I have to admit I was a bit jealous. She then remarked that she needed to “cut them all back,” and I tried to tactfully urge her against any such […]

Urban meadow and security landscaping at Austin forensics center and police station

2 days agoHobbies / Gardening : Digging

How many police stations have landscaping like this? I spotted this raised meadow while driving through East Austin recently and slammed on the brakes to get a better look. From the street — 812 Springdale Road, in the Govalle neighborhood — you see this along one side of the property: rolling berms with a rusty steel edge resembling rounded waves. Show More Summary

The Lazy Way to Temperature Correct in Photoshop

It is starting to get dark earlier and so getting the perfect light will be harder, but there is a solution that does not involve flying to a sunny country. As always Photoshop is here to help! it does not matter which version you have since they all support temperature adjustment. Show More Summary

Castor Oil – Ineffective for Mole Control

Q: I found information on mole control using castor oil, water, and Dawn detergent applied with a garden sprayer. Do you think it would work with a hose-end sprayer? A: This concoction is useless. Despite its reputation, castor oil has not been shown to be consistently effective at repelling moles. Use traps if you like […]

3 Take-aways from Garden Writer Meet-ups by Susan Harris

I love hanging out with other garden writers, and have done quite a bit of that this year – at several local and regional events and especially, the Garden Blogger Fling in Minneapolis and the Garden Writers conference in Atlanta. I caught up with old friends, made new ones, and had fun. But did I learn […]

We have a winner! by Elizabeth Licata

Congratulations, Chris Bosacki! I will be contacting you via email. Thanks for playing, everybody! Some great tips, too, like: -planting grape hyacinths, which throw out a few green leaves in fall, as a reminder not to dig up existing bulbs -plant a wall of daffodils around a tulip bed -use rocks as vole/etc. deterrent -chicken […]

Why flowers smell: the flower revealed

It is easy to think of te smell of flowers as being designed for humans. But the real story is more complicated and has almost nothing do with us. If you want to know why flowers smell keep on reading. Many flowers produce a scent, but no two flowers smell the same. Flower scent is […] The post Why flowers smell: the flower revealed appeared first on The Smell of Roses.

Gifts of Autumn by Evelyn Hadden

In temperate climates, autumn showers us with a cornucopia of visual stimulation before we enter the season of dormancy. Here are some of my favorite examples of this season’s gifts of beauty.             What do you appreciate most about your garden in autumn?

Storing My Tropical Plants for the Winter

Cold weather preparations are in full swing in my greenhouses. Now that it’s autumn, everyone at the farm is busy moving all the tropical plants back into the [&hellip...

Freakish Fall

This will be a fall that will be in the memory for some time. Not only from the standpoint of it being the most warm but the driest. The garden seems to be just sitting there awaiting the whims of weathers to come in to play. As summer was just as hot, actually hotter than my comfort zone, Weeds got out of hand. Show More Summary

Here come the bulbs—and a GIVEAWAY by Elizabeth Licata

I did it again. Slightly over 1,000 bulbs have either arrived or are on their way to my smallish urban property. By far the majority of them are tulips that will mostly be planted in big pots, but there are also 50 tazetta, 200 hyacinths, and various narcissus, erythronium, and lilies. I laid off on […]

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