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Garden Personalities

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Oh yes, there is such a thing as garden personalities, matching those of the gardeners who created them. The garden’s personality is reflected in it’s layout, use of materials and choice of plantings. What style is your garden? Here are a few main garden styles with hints on how to create them. Can you distinguish which personality your garden has?…

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Daylily Blooms

How to have daylilies bloom all summer. What you need to know with Sensible Gardening.

Daylilies are the perfect perennial in many ways. Easy to grow, easy care and tough as nails. If they have a downfall it would be that each flower stays true to its name, and does just bloom for one day. Most daylilies bloom early in the morning, lasting through the day to fold up and end in the late evening. How…

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Say Good-bye to Mosquitoes

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Normally we have very few problems with mosquitoes in our area, but this year has been an exception. For what ever reason these little monsters are doing very well and can quickly ruin an evening sit on the veranda.    You can buy many different commercial products to deter them however none of these are agreeable to my senses. In…

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Gardening in Flower Pots

Easy tricks for gardening in pots with Sensible Gardening and Living

Gardening in flower pots, or more recently known as container gardening, has become increasing popular over the last few years. Many people are now living in smaller spaces as in townhouses or on smaller city lots where space is limited. As well, a potted flower garden adds great appeal around a small water structure or a pool area. Front doors,…

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Spring Garden Cleanup

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Spring has finally arrived and with it comes a busy time, spring garden cleanup. I’m alway glad that I did as much fall cleanup as I could because it sure makes the spring workload easier.  Over the years I’ve developed a system for the spring clean up to help it move along as easily as possible. Here is my game…

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Yellow~They Call it Mellow Yellow

great yellow flowers with Sensible Gardening

If you have a few years on yourself you will no doubt remember the song by that title. I can’t remember who sang it but it was a huge hit. The garden seems to go through stages of colour from spring through to fall. Early in the season my garden is full of softer tones of pinks and blues and somehow…

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Annual Succulents in Pots

Succulents will be popular again this gardening season and it’s no wonder. With such a wide variety to choose from along with their easy care this should come as no surprise. With my own hot and dry exposure they are the perfect plant for me to grow in pots. I have many perennial succulents growing in the garden, but I…

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Start Your Garden Seeds Indoors

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Want to get a head start on the gardening season? Consider starting some of your flower and vegetable plants from seed. Growing plants from seeds makes it possible to jump the season ahead by 6 to 8 weeks. When you start your garden seeds indoors you will  be rewarded with great transplants early in the season, plus it can be…

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Cheerful and Cheap Garden Containers

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Growing plants in containers is effective for all types of gardening endeavours. Naturally ideal for smaller gardens, balconies and decks, containers are also highly effective in larger plantings to fill in gaps with a punch of colour and create interest in off seasons.  Further more cheap garden containers  can hide an eyesore area, add tender plants that are difficult to…

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Colour Our World Brown

Colour our World Orange at Sensible Gardening

Where does the time go? Here we are already at the end of November with Christmas just around the corner! This month we have chosen to feature the colour brown. Not my favourite colour, but it is a staple neutral tone and one found in nature and gardening in multiple ways. Our group called PROJECT BEAUTIFUL has created a series…

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Chocolate Brown Gardening

Using Chocolate Brown plants in your garden with Sensible Gardening

Not the most usual colour in plants, chocolate brown gardening adds a touch of mystery to the flower bed. Normally a rather unassuming colour, brown in flowers and foliage stands out when grown among the brighter tones in the garden border. It almost adds a touch of class to plantings and a sense of style to containers. There are more…

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Growing Seed Heads

Growing Seed Heads with Sensible Gardening

When choosing plants for our gardens we tend to focus on those that will provide us with outstanding flowers or amazing foliage. What we sometimes neglect to think about are the plants seed heads. Growing seed heads will supply you all the material you need for crafting and making beautiful floral projects. Many plants produce very attractive seed heads going…

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