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IN THE GARDEN

posted: 06/25/2016 1:54 a.m. Discuss

Q I got a beautiful bougain-villea for my birthday in April, and I think I have been steadily killing it. It was in a small pot, and we hung it in the sun on a planter rod. It stayed that way until I moved it to where it does get some shade, then I fertilized it about two weeks later with Miracle-Gro, as I do with my other flowers. It then lost all its flowers. I looked it up online and saw it was recommended that lime be used, but the site did not say how much. Also, we have had so much rain and the online site also said the plant did not like "wet feet." I have repotted it into a larger pot, and it now looks like it might begin to produce a few flowers. If it needs lime, where do I get it? How much? It is my favorite flower.

Beware the bugs

posted: 06/18/2016 2:03 a.m. Discuss

A mild winter, coupled with a mild spring and plenty of rain, gave us a bouquet of flowers in our gardens, great vegetables and plenty of bugs.

In the garden

posted: 06/18/2016 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Q Is the plectranthus “Velvet Elvis” winter-hardy in Northwest Arkansas, and is it available at local nurseries?

Late-spring haircut will help forestall slouchy perennials

posted: 06/18/2016 1:51 a.m. Discuss

For beginners, one of the daunting aspects of creating flower beds is the idea that you have to stake perennials as they grow. You stake vampires. Perennials? This was the standard advice decades ago and driven by the idea that everyone had to have an herbaceous border of lanky perennials, annuals and biennials, that it had to be camera-ready at any moment and that the gardener was free to spend several hours each day grooming and propping up stalks as they grew.

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