Want to give mom more than just flowers this Mother’s Day?

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Give her a view to admire! This upcoming Mother’s Day, don’t just give, invest on a landscaping project that will raise her home value and continue to improve for years to come. Landscape the backyard into her own retreat space to enjoy a glass of wine or a cup of tea along with a really good book. A beautifully designed landscaped yard is …

Working with nature is theme of environmental seminar

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Cox is founder of the Grow Company, which specializes in organic vegetable gardens and fruit orchards, and conservation and agricultural property studies. In conjunction with controlled burns, native wildflower meadows offer food and habitat for songbirds, honeybees, butterflies and other wildlife. City dwellers might consider planting a vegetable garden or masses of ground cover in lieu of a manicured lawn. …

Theory about mulch being harmful to plants doesn’t ring true

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Rumor has it that mulching garden beds or trees and shrubs could starve plants. […] it becomes available to plants once those microorganisms have used up enough soil carbon, “breathing” it out of the ground as carbon dioxide. […] this scenario – plants being starved of nitrogen – holds true when you mix a load of high-carbon, organic material into …

Make holiday memories at a Christmas-tree farm

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Hayride or Dewville Express Train to tree fields, kids activities, country store, sweet shop. Jingle Bell Express children’s train and wreaths on weekends, The North Pole Gift and Gourmet open daily. Virginia pines, ‘Leyland’ cypresses, Hayride, haystack, log-cabin playhouse, nature trails, free hot dogs while supplies last. Via: Home and Gardening     

Yellow-flowering cassia is a fall spectacle

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The fast-growing, mounding shrubs swell to 10 to 12 feet in height and width. The golden-yellow blooms are set against glossy green leaves arranged opposite one another along weeping stems. While it’s evergreen in a mild winter, this 6- to 8-foot-tall species dies in a hard freeze, so save the seeds to plant in spring. Via: Home and Gardening     

November brings ideal gardening weather

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Plant cool-season annuals such as alyssum, calendula, cyclamen, Drummond phlox, English daisy, lobelia, ornamental kale and cabbage, pansy, petunia, primrose, snapdragon, stock and viola. Don’t forget to add veggies and herbs, including artichokes, bok choy, cilantro, dill, fennel, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mustard, rosemary, spinach, green onions, garlic cloves and turnips. If you don’t compost, it’s easy to build a pile …

Society’s workshop and sale to feature native plants not readily available

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Propagation of Plants by Cuttings: with Master Gardener Bill Cummins. 9-11 a.m. at Galveston County AgriLife Extension Service, 4102 Main, La Marque; 281-534-3413, Saturday With the Fort Bend Master Gardeners: 9-11 a.m. in the Demonstration Gardens at the Fort Bend County AgriLife Extension Service, 1402 Band, Rosenberg; 281-341-7068, Fall Vegetable Gardening: with Tom LeRoy and Bill Adams. 10 …

September brings a new garden season

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Grab a cup of coffee and head out on an early morning stroll to study your garden’s strengths and weaknesses. Water-loving plants include spider lily (Hymenocallis spp.), swamp lily (Crinum americanum), water cannas, cyperus, variegated sweet flag (Acorus), Louisiana iris, thalia, yellow flag (Iris pseudacorus), noninvasive varieties of taro (Colocasia spp.) and pickerel rush (Pontederia cordata). Mowing days are winding …

Home and garden create a magical setting for indoor and outdoor living

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There’s a spacious chef’s kitchen with expansive island; a dining room with lighted glass cabinets, three first-floor bedrooms and a luxurious second-floor master suite and sitting room with tree-top views. The one-story quarters features a full bath, built-in library shelves, Italian marble floors and French doors that open onto a patio with small pond – an inviting space for guests, …