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WHITE SPIDER LILY

Story and Photos By Yvonne Lelong Bordelon Native swamp spider lily (Hymenocallis occidentalis) is a moisture-loving perennial plant that sports clusters of 6-8-inch, ghostly white, richly fragrant flowers. The gorgeous spring blooms also attract pollinators, including hummingbirds, and the plants are highly deer resistant. Who could ask for more? In the wild, this easy-to-grow member …

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BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME

The needs and rewards of a backyard wildlife habitat Story and Photography by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon If you appreciate wildlife and the outdoors like I do, then you may enjoy creating a wildlife habitat in your own backyard. You don’t have to have a large piece of land. Our first registered habitat, back in the …

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HUMBLE EARTH GARDEN

By Leslie Leonpacher Humble Earth garden … the name doesn’t quite do this place justice. If by being humble you mean that this garden provides a sustainable, renewable environment then perhaps it is aptly named, but it is so much more. Sanctuary, nurturing environment …  however you label it, for some creatures these places are …

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NATURAL REPELLENT

Can plants really repel mosquitoes? Story and Photos by Sue Hughes It’s summer, and that means war … on mosquitos! In 2014 Bill Gates called the mosquito “The Deadliest Animal in the World.” They carry a host of debilitating and often fatal diseases. Yes, we can douse ourselves with chemicals, light some incense, or plug …

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TAME THE WILD

Ten native shrubs and perennial plants to build a beautiful landscape Story and Photos by Yvonne Lelong Bordelon If you’d like to create a beautiful landscape that is also easy to maintain, consider giving native shrubs and perennials a try. Native doesn’t necessarily mean wild and unruly. There are hundreds of showy, hardy, low-maintenance indigenous …

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GETTING IN SHAPE

Planning garden beds for maximum impact and minimum maintenance Story and Photography by Susan Jasan A little planning ahead can maximize your enjoyment and minimize headaches when dealing with your landscape – the maintenance in particular. A simple concept, yes; but most often overlooked. This particularly applies to the layout and design of your planting …

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TO DYE FOR

Common garden plants grown for their color on and off the stalk Story and Photos By LeeAnn Barton Long before modern chemical dyes were introduced in the late 19th century, nature was the source of color. Fabrics and tapestries with rich color date back millenniums and some survive even today and are extremely treasured. It …

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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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ORGANIZED CHAOS

Story and Photography by A.J. Heinsz-Bailey Eager to leave city life behind, the Quinns retired to the quiet countryside 18 years ago. They followed their dream down a long gravel drive past a scenic pond and horse pastures. They selected a site in full sun bordered by woods and selected a house plan with porches …

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