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How aptly named can a plant be? Just look at the “Topsy Turvy” for an answer to that question. This quick-growing succulent takes on a swirling, rosette shape with its leaves pointing inward toward the center of the plant. It looks like your favorite ride at the carnival.

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Have you ever planted roses? They are one of the most revered garden choices the world over. A short visit to our own Tyrrell Park Rose Garden will demonstrate just how well roses can grow here.

The charming old book “The Pleasures of Gardening” by Angela Stanford gives some fun history of the rose. Egyptian roses were shipped to Rome when the Italian roses were out of bloom. On Nero’s order, millions of rose petals were strewn in the streets during festivals.

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One flower that is not usually overlooked is the brightly colored sunflower. This cheerful giant is a beauty, partially edible and talented, as well. Did you know that the sunflower gracefully turns its head to follow the sun each day?

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Yes, you can make your own fertilizers. The ultimate avid gardener recipe would be the recipe to make super good, organic fertilizers for your own use.

For some people, home gardening is an expensive pursuit. But at one time people gardened because homegrown produce was far better and cheaper than anything from the store. Any of the farmers of years ago knew, just like we know today, that to have healthy plants, you need healthy soil. An interesting Web site for “down home gardening” is backwoodshome.com.

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Have you ever wanted a touch of Hawaii in your yard? The lovely plumeria will make you feel like you have just landed on the islands. What a beautiful fragrance!Any good flight to the island of Hawaii ends with the passengers departing the plane and someone putting a lei around your neck. That lovely traditional lei is strung with the blossoms from the ubiquitous plumeria plant.

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