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Old 10-20-2008, 11:51 AM   #1
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Home and Garden Roundup for Week of 10/20/2008

A weekly roundup of the top stories from the Home & Garden sections of leading newspapers around the country.

The Los Angeles Times Home & Garden: Wildflower seeding in the fall can pay off later
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IN NO INSTANCE is the California gardener more richly rewarded than with the autumn planting of wildflower seeds. Buy them now, sow them between Halloween and Christmas, and spring will be marked by a tumbling succession of grace notes.

Moreover, as pure icing, nothing is better than a fluttering bed of poppies to silence Easterners and their tiresome insult that we have no seasons in Southern California.

An Aster, a good choice for a California wildflower garden -- Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times


The Seattle Post Intelligencer NW Gardens: Winter survival tips for tender plants
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Although tender fuchsias and pelargoniums (non-hardy geraniums) occasionally survive if left outdoors during the cold season, most of the time these delicate plants end up in the dumpster if you don't take steps to protect them from winter temperatures.

Peony -- pinkitinkiwinki/flickr.com


The Houston Chronicle: Herbs and salad: Always something new
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Mary Versfelt and her husband enjoy salad every day. Not a daily bowl of boring greens but creations dressed up with surprises from the kitchen cabinet, leftovers and an array of homegrown herbs.

"With just a handful of dried fruit or toasted nuts, you can bring a salad from basic to something special," Versfelt says. "Leftovers such as half a chicken breast or thinly sliced beef turn it into a good-tasting, nice-looking salad."

And the herbs? "I add all with great abandon." She gets surprising bursts of flavor mixed in with the greens.

The Versfelt's herb garden -- John Everett/Houston Chronicle


The Miami Herald Gardening: These beautiful birds like to clump together
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This South African flower was named in the late 18th century by Sir Joseph Banks, horticultural advisor to King George III, to honor the Princess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Joe was no fool; the princess became Queen Charlotte.

A young Bird of Paradise flower -- Georgia Tasker/miamiherald.com



The New York Times: Public Spaces Meant to Heal
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COMMUNITY gardens have been around for decades, but open spaces without locked gates are not so common, especially in crime-ridden neighborhoods. Nevertheless, Tom and Kitty Stoner, who run the TKF Foundation, believe it is that very openness that engenders peace and healing.

The foundation, which is named after its founders (T and K for Tom and Kitty, and F for “firesoul,” their word for those who create the garden and keep the fires burning), has helped pay for more than 120 public spaces in the mid-Atlantic region since the Stoners started it 12 years ago. “Open Spaces, Sacred Places,” a book published this month by their Annapolis-based foundation, and written by Mr. Stoner and Carolyn Rapp, recounts the stories of a dozen of those places.

Abandoned houses near the Amazing Grace Lutheran Church were replaced by a labyrinth, a garden, and a wide-open grassy field -- Rob Cardillo/The New York Times
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