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Landscaping a Sloped Garden with Drought Resistant Plants

I recently was tasked with what I thought would be a fairly easy landscaping assignment. Simply place drought resistant plantings in a hillside garden.  Easy enough? 993 more words

Linda Straley

The Other Side of the Tracks

Arkansas Freight

Always, there were the trains. Whistles in the night; the sharp, insistent whining of brakes; the vibration at the country grade crossing as a highballing freight passed by: all hinted at goings and comings, arrivals and departures, denied to us as children. 1,322 more words


To Love Winter: Striped Wintergreen

It may be winter in the northern hemisphere (at least some days), but there is still plenty to see if you go for a walk in the woods. 906 more words


Know Your Natives - Patridgeberry

Partridgeberry (Mitchella repens) of the Madder (Rubiaceae) family is an evergreen perennial with a trailing growth habit. It occurs in the U.S. from Texas to Oklahoma to Missouri to Minnesota thence to the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. 988 more words

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Muntries aka Kunzea pomifera

I planted some muntries in my front yard in the hope of plentiful summer berries just out my front door. In retrospect they are in the totally wrong spot and it’s amazing they are still alive. 199 more words


On Guard!

If you planted any small trees in 2016 (which everyone obviously did), they may be vulnerable to the perils of winter in the Midwest. Considering the time and money (and love) that you have invested in your new tree friend, a little extra help to ensure its survival is certainly worthwhile. 859 more words

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Flowers in Winter

Despite the very cold weather, I recently found myself outside taking pictures of “dead plants” again, which is more interesting than it sounds. I like plants in winter; without the distraction of so much color, the structures and textures become more apparent. 69 more words