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Many of us humans simply love gardening and planting pottery.  We also love our furry little friends.  However, the two do not always go hand in hand.  Some dogs see potted plants as a green snack and can beome sick or worse if they eat them.  Luckily there are plenty of pet friendly tips and plants that can help create pet plant harmony.
 
 101Sniff around..... Before you plant anything into your garden pottery do some research and learn which plants may be toxic to your dog or cat.  For example, azaleas can cause stomach and abdominal pain in your pet, while water hemlock can cause convulsions, seizures and even death. Fortunately, not all pet enemies. There are hundreds of plnats, like blue eyed daisies and Jasmine, which not only are non toxic, but full of color and beauty!
 
Drink Responsibly.....  When watering potted plants, make sure you keep them in a place that is far away from your canine or feline.  If possible, try to avoid using chemicals or pesticides in your water.  Your little friends might be tempted to sneak a drink from the flower pot's saucer and end up in the vet's office or even worse.
 
Who let the dogs out..... Make sure your dog or cat is safe in your yard 102 by having a fenced area.  The only thing worse than your pet doing their own gardening is your pet redorating someone else's.  Not only is it embarrassing to explain to your neighbor why his or her potted tomatoes are missing, but you do not know what kind of toxic plants they may have or what kinds of chemicals they may use.
 
Follow these simple steps, and your pets and your potted plants can have a happy co-existence.
 
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Post Last Updated: 7/29/2014 2:30:11 PM 
 
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Celebrate America!

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Create an effortless salute to red, white and blue blooms with these clever combination strategies!
 
 31352-Deconstruct-PlanterInstead of mixing colors in one pot, try a stepped skyline of containers, each holding a single color bloom.  The radiating shape of these daisies makes them feel like they are bursting out like fireworks.  Use different sizes of planters and heights.  It really adds to the character of the pots and creates a wonderful and colorful look.
 
 31354-Hanging-PlanterTo successfully marry plants in a hanging basket, do what the pro's do.  Combine one type of large flowers like the red petunia shown in the photograph with smaller scaled trailing accent flowers like the cobalt blue lobelias, periwinkle verbenas and white bacopa copa.  Create the perfect blend of impact and drape all inside a terracotta hanging planter or ceramic pot.
 
 31353-Color-Block-ContainerA bright patchwork of red marigolds and blue campanulas reads patriotic when planted in a shllow white pot or ceramic bowl.  The low bowl shape draws attention to the vibrant blooms rather than the container.  When placed on the ground near the door, the arrangement is the pefect way to greet guests!
 
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Post Last Updated: 6/3/2014 11:59:26 AM 
 
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July 2014 around the garden!

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Here are the list of things you should be aware of that need to be tended to in your garden area. 
 
 31348-Potted-BlueberriesGrow Blueberries NOW:  One of the simple joys of summer, potted blueberries are an excellent fruit for new gardeners.  Northern high bush blueberries are best for the upper and middle south.  Try selections such as Patriot and Liberty.  Rabbiteye blueberries are best in the lower and coast south.  Use climax or premier.  They all prefer slightly moist, well draining potting soil.  Place the planter in a sunny spot and rotate the pot for best coverage.  It's important to plant atleast 2 or more varieties so you will have lots of fruit.  Buy the starters at your local nursery or order online.  Make sure you pick a planter that is large enough so you don't crowd the plants root system.
 
Fertilize:  Feed potted veggies such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, squash and 31349-Fertilize-Planters tomatillios.  Looking for some organic options?  Miracle Grow Organic Choice is available in granular or liquid form.  Dynamite Organic All Purpose or composted manure for easy feeding.  Just follow package directions and keep those veggies healthy all season long.
 
 31350-Potted-HerbsFragrance:  Add soem sweet scents to your potted garden this season.  The blooms of gardenias, ginger and lilies.  Honeybells hostas and tuberoses will all add a welcome perfume to this summers garden and planters.  Enjoy their fragrance inside by cutting a few stems for casual bouquets.
Herbs:  Cut potted basil, thyme and rosemary frequently to keep these plants in full production.  Keep a pot of your favorite herbs near your grill for a reminder to flavor your summer meals.
 
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Post Last Updated: 6/3/2014 11:25:39 AM 
 
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Stunning Floral Salute

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This independence Day floral designers are giving red, white and blue blooms a boost with fresh herbs.  The herbs add surprising texture and fragrance to this arrangement of asters, salvia and zinnias.  Plus the touch of yellow from the fennel adds a modern twist to the classic patriotic palette.
 
Cut 24 garden flowers, 8 each of red, white and blue to 10" in height.  Hold one red, one white and one blue stem in your hand, twirling the bunch as you add the remaining flowers once at a time, alternating colors. Set the bouquet into a water filled high glossy blue garden vase or planter. Let the stems fall naturally and then start filling in the gaps with fennel and sage.  The spiky buds of the fennel and fuzzy soft leaves of the sage not only add color, texture but a delightful fragrance that is lovely.
 
Garden blooms often have soft stems that will droop in the vase over time and during summers heat.  If your container's bouquet starts to look faint, simply slip three skewers into the heart of the arrangement, angling them to create a tepee in the center. This triangle framework provides a makeshipf trellis that will prop up the leaning flowers.
 
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Patriotic Pizzazz!

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 31343--PotsGrouping a trio of unexpected kitchen containers is a simple way to transform common flowers into an eye catching accent.  Here we used a red colander, white roasting pan and a blue ice bucket.  All simple things most of us have around the home.  Each one is holding petunias, lobelias and daisies, inexpensive plants available at most nursery and landscape centers.
 
For the most balanced display, match the proportions of the blooms to the size and shape of the pot!  A domed container like the colander looks best with a rounded mound of flowers, whereas a cylindrical container like the ice bucket requires a taller, narrower planting!
 
A ladder display is best for a small area!  Stepladders are great for displaying potted 31344-Ladder plants & flowers because they take up mostly vertical space.  You could place one on a deck or balcony without feeling crowded.  To prevent hiding too much of the A-frame try staggering the potted plants right to left, leaving the top two steps bare and choosing smaller, upright plants like geraniums shown.  And for a small scale display, skipping white ensures harmony.  In a tighter space, the stark contrast of white can be overwhelming. 
 
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