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How to Care for Rose Bushes in Cold Climates

How to Care for Rose Bushes in Cold Climates

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Whether grown in a rose garden or as part of a larger perennial bed, the survival of rose bushes during a harsh winter is a major concern for rose gardeners in northern climates. Protecting rose bushes starts with planting tough roses then developing a rose care plan. Types of Roses Rose species are propagated from wild roses. Shrub roses are hybrid plants bred from rose species. Old roses are from varieties created around the mid nineteenth century. Modern roses include hybrid teas, floribundas and climbers. Roses with a history of harsh winter survival include: -Carefree series shrub roses - hardy repeat bloomers with good pest resistance. -The Explorer series shrub and climbing roses - bred in Canada for winter hardiness. -Rosa ‘William Baffin’ - best hardy climbing rose.
Ornamental Shrubs with Edible Flower Blooms

Ornamental Shrubs with Edible Flower Blooms

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These three shrubs are often associated with pioneer gardens and cottage gardens - largely in part because of the edible blooms that added something of value to the kitchen. Roses for Tea, Salads and Gourmet Dishes Fragrant roses have always been enjoyed in cottage gardens and while many gardeners may have heard of "rose-hip jelly", they may not be aware that rose petals are also edible. Most cooks agree that the darker red and pink roses taste best and have a stronger flavor in cooking. Whenever cooking with rose petals, gardeners should be sure to cut the white ends of the petals off because that part is bitter. The most common way to use rose petals in the kitchen is to brew them in a tea. A cup of fresh rose petals can be boiled in a small pot of water to create a tea flav...
These Reasons Should Convince You to Buy Composite Doors

These Reasons Should Convince You to Buy Composite Doors

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In terms of quality, composite doors are superior compared with other choices. This is why a lot of people prefer using these doors. They are also affordable and widely available. You can even buy composite doors online. If you are yet to be convinced that these doors are great options, here are some more reasons. Perfect for any home Whatever theme you have in mind or whatever type of home you have, these doors will blend right in. The doors look modern. The exteriors are like wood. No one will know that they are composite at first glance. Maintenance is not required This is another advantage of using composite doors. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on maintenance just to keep the door in perfect condition. The door also has reinforced plastic on its skin, so it won
Kansas Plants – Wetlands

Kansas Plants – Wetlands

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The Kansas wetlands are rich in biodiversity and wildlife vegetation. Many types of wetland plants can be found in that area. Wetlands are areas in which there is a highly developed ecosystem, and external disturbances like pollution and invasive species can cause a great deal of damage. Wetlands are considered to be among the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. Knowing what plants exist in Kansas’ wetlands can help preserve them. Working to preserve wetlands helps to keep the environment functioning and healthy. Wetland Trees in Kansas Wetlands are areas in which there is a large amount of water in the soil throughout the year, or on a seasonal basis. Wildlife vegetation that grows in wetlands must be able to withstand a greater amount of soil moisture and still g
Guide to Healthier Gardening

Guide to Healthier Gardening

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In 2001, the EPA removed the broad-spectrum pesticide, Dursban,(which contained Chlorpyrifos, which is related to nerve gas,) from the residential and professional market. In 2004, they phased out Diaznon from the residential market because they found it was more toxic to infants, children and women, than previously understood. Wean your Garden off the Sauce (Pesticides)! When you spray your garden with a broad-spectrum pesticide, you're also killing off sensitive beneficial insects like bees and lady beetles. Once you eliminate the beneficial bugs, surviving pests take hold and freely multiply. Also, historically most pests build up a resistance to the pesticides that used to kill them, so new pesticides have to be created, further contaminating the soil, water and air. Integ...
5 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home

5 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home

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Spring is the perfect time to refresh your home, allowing you to enjoy the summer in beautiful new surroundings. In this article, we’ll take a look at five simple ways to update your décor. Re-paint the walls in neutral colours It’s amazing how a lick of paint can completely transform a room! If you have bold colours present on the walls of your living spaces, they may look dated or otherwise dominate the room. Consider redecorating to bring everything back into balance. Neutral colours are always a safe bet, but they’re having a moment right now. Opt for off-white, taupe, and grey hues for a natural ambience. Light, neutral colours also help to brighten a room and provide the illusion of light in small spaces. Update soft furnishings One of the least expensive ways