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Get Rid of Slugs
Posted on 02.03.17 by thegardengossip @

The beer traps really good if you husband will spare you a beer for your garden :)You just have to make sure that you design it correctly. My first try…I attracted slugs but I didn’t trap them! AH!!

Make sure that the beer is around 5 inches deep and 1 inch below the top of the trap so that when the stupid slugs reach up to get out they fall in.


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Herbs in a Window
Posted on 10.23.16 by thegardengossip @

Here is a great gift…especially for that young child that would really like to garden. Herbs in a window is a nice idea and a great gift to give. I did this a few years back and had great success with it. My mother in law actually has a great window that is perfect for things like this. And it is almost always in the sun because of the way her house is facing. Kids love these and you can make some great herbs to use for your dishes too…basil and parsley are great for those pasta dishes!


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My Rose Of Sharon
Posted on 01.04.16 by thegardengossip @

So, I replanted my rose of Sharon and it is not doing that great but it is still holding on. There was a heat wave so I am thinking that that really did not help it at all. I am hoping that will a little tender loving care that it will rejuvenate. Only time will tell I suppose. It is a difficult thing to successfully replant big plants especially this time of year.


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Petunia ‘Opera Supreme Pink Morn’
Posted on 12.25.09 by thegardengossip @

petunia_opera.jpgHere is a great new 2007 variety that actually was a 2007 All-America Selection winner. It has 2 1/2 inch iridescent pink blooms with white cheats and yellowing throats…very pretty. And this variety need no deadheading! It has a stretch of up to 3 feet with continuous flowers. T his makes it your perfect selection for hanging plants or flowers for your window boxes. It does spread vigorously so it chokes out weeks…yeah! It is best in full sun, well-drained soil. Source: Jung Seed Co.


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Marigolds
Posted on 12.05.09 by thegardengossip @

I always plant specific flowers in my gardens that keep away pests – an easy and cost efficient solution to keep your other plants healthy.

Ants………..Mint
Aphids……….Garlic,
Bean Leaf Beetle…………Onion
Codling Moth…………Oleander
Colorado Potato Bug…………..Coriander
Cucumber Beetle……………Tansy
Flea Beetle…………Garlic
Imported Cabbage Worm…………..Mint
Japanese Beetle……………Garlic
Leaf Hopper………….Petunia
Mexican Bean Beetle……………..Marigolds
Mice………………Onion
Root Knot Nematodes……………Marigolds
Slugs…………Rosemary
Spider Mites…………….Garlic
Squash Bug…………..Marigolds
Stink Bug…………….Radish
Thrips……………Marigolds
Tomato Hornworm…………..Marigolds
Whitefly…………….Marigolds


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What Flower Would You Be
Posted on 09.16.09 by thegardengossip @

If you could be any flower what flower would you be? I think I would be a daisy. it is so simple yet so sweet. I just love daisy’s. However carnations are my favorite flower. I love all sorts of colors for this flower. The thing I love about this flower is that it lasts for a few weeks before it starts to look not so good in the vase. So what flower would you be?


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Make Your Own
Posted on 07.10.09 by thegardengossip @

If you are disgusted by the costs of the reed diffusers that are out there today…then just make your own. Get your own jar and the reeds are very inexpensive. I can be a lot of fun to…because you can make the fragrance exactly the way that you would like it.


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Flowers That Attract Butterflies
Posted on 04.20.09 by thegardengossip @

Here are some great flowers that will attract those butterflies that you so want in your gardens!

Yarrow
Hollyhock
Snapdragon
Columbine
Violets
Common Milkweed
Aster
Calendula
Passion Flower
Shasta Daisy
Delphinium
Dianthus
Purple Coneflower
Globe Thistle
Lilacs
Chrysanthemum
Coreopsis
Butterfly Bush
Cosmos
Blanket Flower
English Lavender
Sunflower
Heliotrope
Candytuft
Sweet Pea
Lobelia
Sweet Alyssum
Lupine
Bee Balm
Oregano
Beard Tongue
Phlox
Black-eyed Susan
Gloriosa Daisy
Sage
Goldenrod
Marigold
Verbena
Zinna


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Clean Your Artificial Flowers
Posted on 03.27.09 by thegardengossip @

Here is a tip for you people that love to have flowers in your home but can not maintain them so you get the artificial kind. I actually have a few artificial arrangements in my place and I really like them. I prefer the fresh real flowers but these last a lot longer. However they do get quite dusty and dirty at times. So, what you do is take a bag and fill it with water and 1/4 cup of salt or put it in a bowl. Then put the flowers in and shake it around in the bag or swish it around in the bowl and it will coming out looking as good as the day you bought it!


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Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds
Posted on 03.25.09 by thegardengossip @

Here are some great flowers, trees and shrubs to attract some Hummingbirds for your gardens!

Flowers
Bee balm
Butterfly weed
Cardinal flower
Columbine
Cosmos
Dahlia
Delphinium
Foxglove
Fuchsia
Geranium
Hollyhock
Lupine
Red hot poker
Sage
Mountain garland
Four-o’-clock
Touch-me-not
Petunia
Zinnia
Tuberous Begonia
Canna
Gladiolus
Iris

Vines
Honeysuckle
Trumpet vines

Shrubs and trees
Azalea
Butterfly bush
Eucalyptus
Fuschia tree
Hibiscus
Lilac
Mimosa
Strawberry tree
Wild lilac


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When To Plant Your Roses
Posted on 03.23.09 by thegardengossip @

I love roses…yellow being one of my favorite colors. But roses can be tricky to grow and maintain depending on where you live. So, lets start out with when you should plant them. Here is a quick and easy chart you can follow.
Ideal Rose planting time

Planting times vary all over the country but here’s a quick list.

Northeast, and Eastern coast
March until June, October and November

North Central
April to June, October and November

South Central
December to February

Southwest, and Pacific Coast
December and January

Pacific Northwest
January to April


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Friendly Fence
Posted on 03.19.09 by thegardengossip @

Personally I think the best and most “Friendly Fence” is the Rose of Sharon. They come in all sorts of varieties too. You can usually find them in your local nurseries but you can also order them online or through flowering magazines. Just be sure if you order it online there is a 1 year guarantee…and be sure to keep that label and not to loose it. I guarantee that if you get 20 plants that 10 of them will not have made it and you can get replacements if this does happen!


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All Natural Fungal Remedy
Posted on 02.23.09 by thegardengossip @

If you are having a problem with your fungal sport plant disease such as powdery mildew – try mixing some baking soda with water and spraying it on the leaf surface…this ways it makes the fungal sports unable to actually infect the plant…therefor you don’t have the plant disease. Not to mention this is a lot healthier for the environment and a lot cheaper than all the other products that sometimes really don’t work! 1 tablespoon of baking soda , 1 teaspoon of dish soap, 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil and 1 gallon of water. Make sure you test this on a small area – you don’t want to burn the plant if it is a sensitive plant!


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Crocus
Posted on 02.12.09 by thegardengossip @

There is hope that spring will be here sooner than we know it….but just not soon enough! I saw a crocus…a lone crocus peeking through the snow today. I felt kind of bad for it because the weather has been unseasonably warm the last few days which is why it must have been tricked into blooming. But it is a nice sign that spring is coming. That is the only reason I like winter because we have spring to look forward to…I don’t like the fall…there is just cold weather ahead for that one!


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Sending Flowers
Posted on 01.30.09 by thegardengossip @

You have to be sure to order your flowers or trees from places that know when to ship them. All of these catologs that you may get in the mail have really great prices and they have pictures of flowers that look fabulous but out of the dozen that you get at that great price only 2 usually survive. I once ordered some flowers thinking that they would ship them when the time was right but they shipped them in January…you can not plant flowers when there is snow on the ground! Just be sure you read their shipping policies.


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Flowers in the Snow
Posted on 01.23.09 by thegardengossip @

I just love it when a little glimpse of spring shows even though there are so many weeks and even months before the spring actually comes! But that crocus that shows up through the snow is just so nice and I just love it. I actually got an order in today of things I had ordered and thought they would send them at the appropriate time…nope and now I have to plant them with snow on the ground…that is just not going to work!


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Healing Herbs
Posted on 01.16.09 by thegardengossip @

I personally love to grow my own herbs and I think that many of them have great healing properties such as Echinacea. Many doctors frown upon herbs and herbal remedies but I have to wonder if it is because of selfish and money motivated reasons. I think that herbs are amazing if they are used properly and that they have properties modern man-made medicines may not have. Not to mention that many medicines have these herbs in them. They are now saying that this herb may not help your colds but I disagree. I think that this herb could help a cold but many herbs are best at preventing things. I think that herbs and herbal teas and tinctures are best for those preventative methods.


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Flowers That Attract Song Birds
Posted on 12.02.08 by thegardengossip @

I don’t know about you but i just love to wake up to the sond of birde singing. I just find it so nice and relaxing. Here are some great additions to your garden to help get those lovely song birds in your yards!

Flowers
Sunflower
Coreopsis
Bee Balm
Aster
Goldenrod
Bachelor’s Button
Larkspur
Spider flower
Snapdragon
Purple Coneflower

Trees and Shrubs
Silverberry
Virginia Creeper
Black Currant
Elderberry
Blueberry
Huckleberry
Cranberry bush
Blackberry Cotoneaster
Crabapple
Japanese Yew
Creeping juniper
Common juniper

Great Trees For Song Bird Shelter
Flowering Dogwood
American Holly
Red Cedar
Red Mulberry
Colorado blue spruce
Douglas fir
White cedar
Bald cypress
Ponderosa pine
Rocky Mountain juniper
Austrian pine
California juniper
American Mountain Ash
Sorbus americana
Red-osier Dogwood
Silky Dogwood
Gray Dogwood
Sassafras
Oak
Hazelnut
Chestnut
Black walnut


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Flowers
Posted on 06.04.08 by thegardengossip @

I love to get flowers and a nice flower arrangement is welcomed for any occasion or even no occasion at all. I think getting flowers for no reason at alk is the best time to get and give flowers. It is not because someone felt as though they had to give you something but rather because they wanted to give you something. There are so many flower arrangements you can get now too…for birthdays, holidays, special occasions, thank you’s, get better…you name it and they have some sort of flower arrangement to accommodate for you to make it work for you situation.

1-800-Flowers is the site I most use because it is convenient and I have yet to have a problem with them and the people that they get to deliver the flowers. Sometimes you get flowers that are all wilted already from other companies…so far no problems with this company. And I like to do this sort of thing online because I just do not like to travel to go and order something to be delivered. it is just so much more convenient and actually it cost less than if I were to drive to my local florist and order what i want through them. And with the gas prices so high…ordering online is that much better!


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Bulk Wedding Flowers
Posted on 03.16.08 by thegardengossip @

It is just so much more cost efficient to get bulk wedding flowers from Fifty Flowers. They have quality flowers that are at much better prices…lower than wholesale prices. And when it comes to flowers at your wedding you want to make sure that you get hte very best. you do not want to get flowers that are brown and wilting as soon as you get them. And they ill make sure that you have them at the hotel, restaurant or the location of your choice for your prom, wedding or special occasion. If this is something that interests you then check out their site for more information. You don’t have to overspend on the flowers when you can get them there!


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Valentine’s Day Flowers
Posted on 01.21.08 by thegardengossip @

Whether you are ordering Valentine flowers in Toronto or out of New York it is the quality of flowers that is the most important and how fast they can get to where you want them sent. Toronto flowers delivery can be done quickly, efficiently and with the best quality flowers at very competitive prices from Tidy’s Flowers. And personally I think that there is nothing nicer than getting Valentine’s day flowers. Sure you kinda expect it from your loved one but none the less…it is just really nice to get. And everyone pretty much feels that way which is why you want to make and book your order now so that you are sure that your flowers will be able to be delivered.

And this company has been around for 130 years so you know that they have a great reputation as well as being reliable to be around that long. They have a great selection also…everything from that simple and elegant single rose to a beautiful bouquet flower arrangement in a nice vase to be presented in. My favorite being the Lasting Romance Bouquet…it is exquisite!! And they have flowers for all occasions not just Valentine’s day so keep them in mind year round when you need to order flowers.


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Flowers
Posted on 11.21.07 by thegardengossip @

Who does not love to get flowers…whether it be on their birthday or a holiday or just for no reason at all. The thing is that most people order their flowers to have them delivered right online. You really want to make sure that you are dealing with a reliable company that will be help you and send you those quality flowers that expect and that should be delivered.

Believe it or not these days there is something and someone called a Florist Detective than can help you out with florist related scams because apparently it happens all of the time. There is also a Real Florists Blog where you can read up on articles and concerns that florists and customers are making. I was actually just reading a Letter to the FTC about 1800 Flowers and it was very interesting to say the least. It was sent by a group of very concerned florists to the FTC that are stating the 1-800 Flowers is deceiving their customers within their advertising. There is even a petition that you can sign to help support them.

I think it is horrible that this company is trying to trick their customers into thinking that they are getting something when in actuality they are really not. It is wrong and as a consumer I will be thinking twice about purchasing my holiday flowers with them this holiday season. I will be looking and ordering elsewhere for sure!


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Nice Centerpieces
Posted on 11.21.07 by thegardengossip @

There is nothing like fresh flowers to put on the Thanksgiving table. But if you can not get that then an artificial flower centerpiece is always nice too. But You can just head out tot he local market and get pretty fall collored flowers for the table. It just makes things so much nicer. Or get that beautiful center piece and give it to your parents afterwards. Or if you are going some where for dinner then this would make for a great gift to bring if you don’t want to bring wine.


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What Is Your Favorite Autumn Plant
Posted on 11.12.07 by thegardengossip @

What are your favorite autumn plants…Have you ever seen an oakleaf hydrangea…it is just absolutely beautiful. The colors on this plant are just simply gorgeous…from the greens, oranges, yellows and reds. It is just so incredibly pretty and it is a must have in anyones fall garden. Sure there are the chysanthimums but this is really nice. I love oak trees to begin with because of the beautiful foliage but to have it in this form is really nice!


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Kids Flowers..Sunflowers!
Posted on 11.07.07 by thegardengossip @

Here is a great kid friendly flower…the sunflower. It is an annual flower so you have to plant it every year but you want to make sure that you plant it after the last frost in the Spring so that it will survive. The birds love this flower also and they can grow so tall…kids just love it. And some of the sunflowers you can get can be red if you prefer them instead of yellow. Kids just love to stand next to it…she which one is taller the flower or the kid! This is an easy annual to have success with!


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