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Praying Mantis Mantid

One day I was telling the lady of the house how much I love the convenience of Amazon.  You can find virtually anything; they deliver to your door in no time; and the reviews, albeit bias and sometimes exaggerated, really help get an idea of what to expect.  Price shopping is easier, even when comparing to all the other options out there. More...

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Walkway on the side of the house
By David Gaines On Saturday, May 6th, 2017
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Growing Grass Where The Sod Failed Last Year

On the north side of the house, where there’s no much direct sunlight, it’s essentially a dirt path.  The plants are doing fine, but the ground is in dire shape.  Last year I had this idea More...

Ann Tulip Magnolia Tree
By David Gaines On Friday, May 5th, 2017
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Ann Tulip Magnolia Tree Not Looking Very Healthy

When I first started planting plants, I had no idea what I was doing.  I didn’t understand the difference between alkali and acidic soil, which plants needed tons of direct sunlight versus those More...

Yellow Twig Dogwood
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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Another Dogwood, Sort of, For The Backyard

There’s this corner in the backyard, on the north side of the shed, at the base of an ancient oak tree, where there’s direct light for not very many hours a day.  Because of the oak tree, there More...

Ever Red and brick grill
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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New Plants By The Old Brick Grill: Ever Red Fringe Flower and Concorde Barberry

There’s an old brick grill in the back corner of the backyard.  It hasn’t been used in years and won’t ever be used again.  Actually, the plan is to get it knocked down, one day when More...

Coral Bells
By David Gaines On Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
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More Coral Bells, Finally

When I first started building the, well, I’m not sure what to call it.  It’s a retainer wall, or a raised planting area; whatever you call some years ago.  It’s a small, delicate-looking More...

African Marigold
By David Gaines On Monday, April 10th, 2017
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Marigolds Finally Planted in the Planter Boxes

A few years ago I read that mosquitoes don’t like Marigolds.  So, naturally when one doesn’t like mosquitoes, I built a force field of Marigolds on the back deck.  This year I was about to More...

Cherokee Princess Dogwood
By David Gaines On Thursday, April 6th, 2017
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Dogwood Tree Starting Its Bloom

The Cherokee Princess Dogwood tree is starting to show its colors.  More...

Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail
By David Gaines On Saturday, April 1st, 2017
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New Plants: Fruit Punch Cranberry Cocktail, Snapdragon, Silene Rolly’s Favorite, Zonal Geraniums

With the winter freeze in the past and new stock on the shelves in the stores, it’s time to get my hands dirty again.   I’ve added some new plants around the house, mostly potted plants, and More...

Hilda Honeycutt Camellia and Daisy Gardenia
By David Gaines On Sunday, March 19th, 2017
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Two New Plants: Daisy Gardenia and Hilda Honeycutt Camellia

On the north side of the front porch, I built a small planter area last year, but left it plantless.  This year, I finally got around to figuring out what to plant there.  The challenge is finding plants More...