Home and Garden

Even if you do not often eat them, I’ll bet you would like the way they add elegance to your garden spaces. The oh-so-interesting artichoke is simply a showstopper in full bloom. It will spread into a huge silvery green fountain-shaped vegetable. And you could try dipping those artichoke leaves into some butter and then eating that tender artichoke heart. The artichoke is a goldmine of rich, earthy, hearty flavor.

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Still standing and blooming at the end of July, but what is it? Phlox is one of the heroes in your yard just about now. You can pick the flowers at their best just after the dew dries on the morning of their first bloom.

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Gulliver

Gulliver is quite a captivating fellow! He is a 4-year old, 36-pound Australian shepherd/collie mix. He will be a smart, loyal, highly trainable dog and a perfect family guy. Gulliver is a medium size dog, making him a perfect fit for your home. Volunteers rescued Gulliver from a local pound, not from the Lilliputians! No one knows anything of Gulliver’s travels, but what is known is that you will want to travel over to the shelter to visit him soon!

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James Farmer III

Magnolia Garden Club has an out­standing event planned for our area and you are invited. On March 18 at Beaumont Botanical Center, you can hear a lecture and enjoy a demonstra­tion by James Farmer III. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m., and the lecture will begin at 10 a.m.

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Finchy

Hello! My name is Finchy! Don’t you just love all of the colors on my soft, silky coat? It’s almost like I’m all dressed up in a costume and celebrating Halloween! But don’t worry, I am just this cute year-round! What’s more important is that I am a fun and very loving girl! I LOVE to be held. And love to play and explore just as much as I love to snuggle!

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Twice as Nice Daylily

Sometimes we might want to plant an area with blooming flowers we can rely on for color all summer. Long-blooming perennials make this a possibility. We can consider these long blooming perennials the “workhorses” of the garden.

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Agapanthus blooms come in many different colors, but the blue is a favorite, wit

Gardens all throughout our area are struttin’ their stuff with spring in full swing. One of the most outstanding shows is the agapanthus in bloom. Oh yes, the agapanthus will stop you in your tracks with their stately beauty and wonderful fragrance.

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I begged, yes, I begged. When I heard that Robin Powell, gardener and real estate agent, had a 70-year-old grapefruit tree next door in her son Eric’s yard, I really wanted some of those local grapefruit. The sweet, thin skinned, juicy grapefruit did not disappoint! The Powells live in the closely-knit community of Sour Lake. They discovered the tree years ago and have been enjoying these delicious grapefruit for years. Granddaughter Isabella Powell was the first to add that her daddy’s tree is the best grapefruit tree anywhere, and I’ll have to admit she might be right.

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January is sometimes a bad month for gardening in the yard, so we may turn our attention to perusing seed catalogs, cleaning tools and generally organizing our sheds and garages. Lots of us have huge stacks of those containers of all sizes that we use to bring our plants home. There are quite a few uses for them other than just replanting plants into them.

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Roadside vendors occasionally have signs advertising their sale of mayhaw jelly. There are even Mayhaw festivals in Hull-Daisetta, Texas (May 2-4 2013); El Dorado, Ark.; Marion, La.; Starks, La.; and Colquitt, Ga. What’s all the fuss about?

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