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(NAPSI)—Perennial plants are a gardener’s dream: They add color to borders and beds, and are relatively easy to maintain. Perennials can also be used to add fragrance and texture to gardens, as well as attract beneficial wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds. Planting perennials in the fall is like making a long-term investment—one that pays dividends the next year.
The nose knows. Scent is one of our most basic senses, yet it is often ignored when planning a landscape. Last month I spoke of layers for the landscape. Along with layers of plants that appeal to our eyes, it is good to include plants that appeal to our sense of smell.
(NAPSI)—More than 95 percent of Americans have cooked outdoors in the past year and 80 percent of U.S. households have an outdoor barbecue, grill or smoker, according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association.
(NAPSI)—Here’s a tip for your next picnic: Don’t hold the mayonnaise. In addition to having a great taste, this popular condiment is a health-friendly product you can bring to just about any event.
(StatePoint) You may not recognize honey bees beyond their black and gold stripes, but bees and other pollinators play a vital role in our environment. Bees pollinate more than 16 percent of flowering plant species, including those found in yards, landscapes and parks in our communities and across the country.
Over the past seven years, since its designation by the U.S. Senate, Pollinator Week has grown into an international celebration of the valuable ecosystem services provided by bats, bees, birds, butterflies and beetles.
(Family Features) This grilling season, choose lean, tender lamb as the centerpiece for your summer entertaining menu.
Vines, any vines, are great in the landscape. Three reasons. First, vines need little root space to flourish, thus they can fit in even the smallest yard. Second, many vines have beautiful flowers, and the bloom period can last for months, offering an opportunity to fill your yard with color. Third, and in my book best of all, vines produce food, fiber, and other usable products (grapes for wine, hops for beer, I could go on). Tops on my vine list for this area, with trouble-free growth, ample fruit production, and amazing blooms for months, not to mention butterflies galore - passion vine, or Passiflora.
(BPT) - Mother and rare disease advocate Lora Moore knows all too well the value of good health and how quickly it can slip away. In 2004, she tragically lost her 12 year-old daughter Lyndon to Hereditary Angioedema (HAE), a rare genetic disease characterized by repeated swelling attacks that can occur anywhere in the body such as the limbs, abdomen, face and even the throat, which can be life-threatening. Lora herself suffers from HAE, as does her oldest daughter Hillary. For their family, living in fear of the unpredictable swelling attacks of HAE is a way of life.
(Family Features) For your next al fresco gathering, complete the menu and satisfy guests by pairing a flavorful meal with wines to celebrate sunny days and warm evenings.
1– Bring the entire family to the old-fashioned Pima County Fair featuring exhibits, food, stage concerts, and other live entertainment, carnival rides, educational exhibits, and a gem and mineral show. Details: 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 17-27; Pima County Fairgrounds, 11300 S. Houghton Road; $8, $3 ages 6-10, $5 parking; 762-9100.
There were some tired eyes and sunburned faces by the time day three of Country Thunder kicked off.
(NAPSI)—She’s a nurturer, confidante, role model—it’s difficult to use just one word to describe the love of a mom. From daily challenges to momentous occasions, she’s been there every step of the way. Mother’s Day is an opportunity to express how you feel and celebrate mom for who she is.
Would you like to be able to watch flocks of butterflies flutter by? Now is the time and Southern Arizona is the place. Late spring and early fall are peak butterfly viewing times throughout the area. There are over 250 species of lepidoptera that call the southwest home, so there are many to look for. For ease of viewing, entice these “flying flowers” into your yard. There are five simple steps to creating a habitat for them (and you) to enjoy.
1. ObamaCare enrollment deadline arrives
Miranda Lambert is a household name in country music, and after increasing fan demand, she will be returning to Country Thunder this year. The Explorer chatted with her to preview her headline performance on Saturday, April 12 at 9 p.m.
(Family Features) Whether you're looking for a gift to give a gardener in your life or you're looking for some ideas, there's no shortage of new gardening books available. Here are a few books that will plant seeds of inspiration for gardeners of all ages and stages.