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NATIVE PIEDMONT AZALEA

By Yvonne Lelong Bordelon The beautiful fragrant flower clusters of native Piedmont azalea put on a show in early spring just as the leaves are emerging. These hardy, deciduous shrubs, which grow along creeks, swamps, bluffs, and in moist flatwoods, can form colonies and will also hybridize readily with other native Rhododendron species. In the …

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TIAWAN CHERRY TREE

Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon The sight of the masses of hot pink flowers that cover the bare branches of Taiwan cherry trees in late winter definitely chases the blues away. Hummingbirds, honeybees, and butterflies hurry to sip the nectar. Small cherries soon follow and before they fully ripen, songbirds gobble them up. …

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A CHERRY ON TOP!

Tiny terrific tomatoes to tempt even timid gardeners By A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Before you can repeat that tongue twister five times you will have the knowledge to grow your own tiny treasures. True tomato enthusiasts long for that first vine-ripened tomato every spring. To help shorten the wait, consider growing cherry tomatoes. These delicious morsels will …

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DRAIN THE RAIN

Tips for managing rainwater in your landscape Story and Photos by Susan Jasan It seems lately that spring brings torrential storms to many regions of the country. Often owners are faced with raging waters where previously there had been none, or even worse, moisture in their homes where previously all was well. It’s great when …

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SECOND CHANCES

What’s new in the world of rebloomers Story by Helen Newling Lawson In 1995, there was a revolution in the plant world. That’s the year Encore Azalea hit the market. Suddenly, a classic spring bloomer was also a fall bloomer. We asked Buddy Lee, the noted plant breeder and horticulturist who developed Encore azaleas, if …

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DR. JOE WHITE

6+ decades of gardening Story and Photo by Jennifer Williams If you have been a gardener in the Shreveport-Bossier City area in the last 30 or so years, you have probably heard of Dr. Joe White. The gold standard in gardening for the northwest Louisiana community, Dr. White has a long and varied history in …

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ARUGULA

The herb-like vegetable for the adventurous palate Story by Bob Westerfield and Amy Rogers Just the name itself “arugula,” might seem somewhat strange to the average home gardener. It’s not exactly what you would call a staple in the average Southern summer garden. But if you are looking for something to spice up your salad …

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FANTASTIC FLOWERBEDS

Unique flowerbed ideas to make your home look great Story and Photography by Susan Jasan What’s your style? Traditionalist … Naturalist … Conservationist … Free spirited … Wild & Wonderful? Whatever your style, you can achieve fantastic flowerbeds to complement your home. It takes some thorough planning, proper ground preparation, some good old-fashioned hard work, …

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DON’T UNDERESTIMATE ME

An ongoing series of container recipes Story and Photo by Barbara Wise Another name I considered for this recipe was “The Three Little Shade Plant Varieties That Never Give Up.” To be such delicate looking plants, these three varieties have proven to be summertime workhorses – as long as they stay out of the afternoon …

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