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  1. Thread: Easter lily

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    Easter lily

    I received a forced Easter lily last Spring, and transplanted it to my garden. It rebloomed vigorously in Oct/Nov, and now we are headed for frost any day. I know I should leave the foliage, but...
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    The best advice I've ever heard for coming up...

    The best advice I've ever heard for coming up with landscape ideas is to cruise around your area to see what appeals to you. It's the perfect way to see what thrives in your microclimate. I just...
  3. Thread: Raised Garden

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    Linda, please read this article...

    Linda, please read this article on radioactive & chemical contamination in the Columbia river before you eat your veggies. Of course, the choice is yours, and I will now zip my lip about it.
  4. Thread: Raised Garden

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    You might consider having the soil tested for...

    You might consider having the soil tested for toxins... try contacting the EPA. It's possible that the company that dredged up the soil knew it was contaminated and gave it away so they wouldn't...
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    Welcome to the forum! My advice would be to start...

    Welcome to the forum! My advice would be to start small; just get one or two inexpensive houseplants so you don't get overwhelmed. Here is an article to get you started. It includes examples of easy...
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    Yes, this is precisely the time to trim back...

    Yes, this is precisely the time to trim back leggy petunias. Just cut all the stems back by half. If you don't want to be without flowers while they are growing back, you can cut back half the stems...
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    Poll: Hydrangea color tip

    The past 4 years, I've had perfectly deep blue hydrangeas. Last fall, I planted some Spring bulbs next to the bush, and of course fed the bulbs with high phosphorus bulb food. Now my hydrangea is...
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    I like the moss hangers because they drain well,...

    I like the moss hangers because they drain well, but you do need to water them more often. Soilless potting mixes are supposed to be better than potting soil for both drainage and water retention,...
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    Cruise through your local neighborhoods and see...

    Cruise through your local neighborhoods and see what pops out at you. That way you'll find out what plants thrive in your microclimate, and get a feel for the planting styles that suit your taste.
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    How about propagating the plant before you try to...

    How about propagating the plant before you try to move it? Snip off some 6" stems and put them in rooting medium, and/or let some of the flowers go to seed and plant those where you like.

    After...
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    Try a Draceana. They demand very little care;...

    Try a Draceana. They demand very little care; medium light, occasional water, a sip of food once a month. They come in a multitude of shapes and sizes.

    For flowers, try a Christmas cactus. They do...
  12. Thread: Rose Mildew

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    Powdery mildew can run rampant in a damp climate....

    Powdery mildew can run rampant in a damp climate. Make sure the roses get plenty of water. A well hydrated leaf has better resistance to mildew. Water the soil, not the leaves, because dampness on...
  13. Thread: Lilacs Blooms

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    Here are a couple tips I've heard, but I don't...

    Here are a couple tips I've heard, but I don't know how well they work.

    Root pruning is supposed to gently shock the plant into blooming. Go around the perimeter of the dripline with a spade,...
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    Thanks a bunch! I'll see how my little ivies do...

    Thanks a bunch! I'll see how my little ivies do with the sand before I put it on my big treasured one.

    Slightly off topic: I'm taking my 4th trip to the big island this fall. What is the best...
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    I have a palm, draceana, agave, christmas cactus,...

    I have a palm, draceana, agave, christmas cactus, ficus, spider plants and ivy. Would any of those be particularly salt sensitive? The ivies are my main concern, since they are the only ones getting...
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    Topdressing houseplants with sand

    I have a problem with compost flies in my houseplants. According to a gardening show I saw, they can be discouraged from laying eggs in potting soil by topdressing the soil with washed sand. On the...
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    I used Vinca (periwinkle) to fill in an area...

    I used Vinca (periwinkle) to fill in an area along a north wall with no sun. My aunt gave me just a couple handfulls of runners, and they've filled in the 10'x 6' area in 3 years (light cover the...
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    I like to start with small quantities of a...

    I like to start with small quantities of a variety of plants, so I can see what thrives in a particular spot and what doesn't. When I hit on a good one, I use it as a theme and find varieties of that...
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    I had a landscaper take a look at it, and he...

    I had a landscaper take a look at it, and he declared the tree is not long for this world. He gave the trunk a wiggle, and said it moved more than it should. I'll keep it as long as it continues to...
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    Incomplete bloom on Weeping Cherry

    For the past couple years, my weeping cherry has produced flowers on only 2/3 of the branches. It leafs out just fine. It has seen some stress in the past. Is the tree on its way out, or is there...
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