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Wednesday August 26th 2015

11 Ways To Extend Your Growing Season Into Fall

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As summer draws to a close, I try to spend every spare moment in my garden. Do you find yourself wishing your garden would continue to flourish right on into the cold-weather months? Well, wish no more! I did some research and found several things you can do to extend the life of your garden. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Tuesday August 18th 2015

What To Do With Excess Produce From Your Garden

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I love to see cucumbers, carrots, zucchini, and other vegetables flourishing in my garden this time of year. If you have a vegetable garden (with tomatoes thrown in), you know how much fun it can be to pick your ripe vegetables and take them inside. But, what if your harvest of vegetables starts to take over all of the free counter space in your kitchen? If this sounds familiar, I have some solutions for you.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Thursday August 13th 2015

Be 'Gladiolus': It's August's Birth Flower!

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I'm fortunate enough to live near a city park that has the most beautiful collection of red gladioli in the summertime. They grow at one edge of the park along a white picket fence that serves as the perfect backdrop. My grocery store is in the same area, so I make it a point to stop and admire the elegant beauty of those flowers on my way to shop. Seeing the trumpet-like red blooms always reminds me of the corsages we used to create in my family's flower shop when I was a girl. Around homecoming time, high school boys would come in to order wrist corsages featuring red, white, or pink gladioli for their dates. So romantic! Since the gladiolus is the birth flower of August, I thought I'd dedicate this blog to a unique bloom that never goes out of style.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Wednesday August 5th 2015

Container Gardening: Making Gardens Possible Anywhere!

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I've been a flower enthusiast all of my life, so I appreciate gardens of all types and sizes. I think that a well-cared-for container garden is worthy of as much admiration as a collection of elegant roses planted along a picket fence. Container gardens are a wonderful option for people who don't have a lot of growing space to work with where they live. I thought I'd use this week's post to take a closer look at how to set up a container garden that you can be proud of. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Tuesday July 28th 2015

The 9 Gardening Trends That Are Sprouting In 2015

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I always look forward to trying some of the newest gardening trends that appear each year. There are so many creative ways to re-imagine a traditional garden. Plants and flowers of all different types, colors, and shapes are showing up in gardens this year. I've taken some time to look at a few of the most popular gardening trends of 2015. Enjoy!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Tuesday July 21st 2015

Pollinators Power The Earth!

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There are so many lovely flowers blooming all around my neighborhood this summer. But I know that none of them would be there without the help of pollinators. These animals carry pollen from flower to flower, allowing fertilization to take place. Bees are the most well-known pollinators. In fact, they are responsible for pollinating a large percentage of the crops grown throughout the world. Recently, we've seen a decrease in the bee population, which affects our food supply. Scientists are looking at various insecticides to see whether they have a role in the changes within the bee population. We need to do what we can to protect bees and other pollinators so they can do their important work. Can you think of other pollinators besides bees? I recently performed some research on pollinators and found a few examples that may surprise you.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Tuesday July 14th 2015

July's Stunning Birth Flowers: The Larkspur And The Water Lilly

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If you were lucky enough to be born in the month of July, the larkspur and the water lily are your birth flowers. Both of these lovely flowers have distinctive traits. Water lilies are a special favorite of mine: I love to stop at my neighbor's goldfish pond, where a gathering of colorful water lilies glide across the water throughout the day. I wanted to learn more about these memorable July blooms, so I did some research. Take a look at what I found!

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Tuesday July 7th 2015

Lessen Your Footprint By Learning To Compost

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When it comes to composting, you've probably heard that it's good for the soil, but you may not know how to go about starting the process. After doing a little bit of research, I found that the process of composting is a relatively simple one. Plus, compost piles come in all shapes and sizes, so you can build one whether you have a small square of land or a spacious backyard. I started my compost pile a few weeks ago, and I add to it every day! Take a look at the basic steps of composting and learn some of the benefits of undertaking this project.

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Friday June 26th 2015

The Best Apps For Identifying Plants And Flowers

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Have you ever wondered about the name of a plant in your garden or neighborhood? Or maybe you think you know the name of a particular flower but aren't 100% sure. Now, you can get an app on your electronic device that helps you put a name to that mystery flower or plant. Here are a few that I recommend:

Posted by Ava Rose in General
Thursday June 18th 2015

It's Not Too Late To Start A Summer Garden!

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Are you jealous of the lovely sunflowers and nasturtiums in your neighbor's summer garden? Maybe you wish you'd started your own garden a few weeks back. Well, it's not too late to enjoy your own flowers and vegetables! In fact, there are certain plants and vegetables that do well when planted later in the summer. Check out what I discovered about planting a garden at this time of year.

Posted by Ava Rose in General