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9:27 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Shreveport-based American Rose Society gives state lawmakers rose bushes

Louisiana legislators receive a Belinda's Dream rose bush today recognizing the American Rose Society's national headquarters in Shreveport.

The American Rose Society will be honored Tuesday at the Louisiana State Capitol.

Rep. Alan Seabaugh (R-Shreveport) drafted a resolution designating Tuesday, April 28, as American Rose Society Day in celebration of the national organization’s 40th year of being headquartered in Shreveport, according to executive director Jeff Ware.

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6:43 am
Sat April 25, 2015

Flashy Grass

The colors on this plant stay attractive throughout the summer season.

The LSU AgCenter has named Fireworks purple fountain grass a Louisiana Super Plant selection for Spring 2015. And wow, are you going to be impressed by the colorful foliage of this ornamental grass.

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7:13 am
Sat April 18, 2015

Henna Coleus: A Louisiana Super Bedding Plant

The Henna coleus can stay attractive throughout a Louisiana summer season.

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:41 am

The Coleus is a popular bedding plant here in Baton Rouge.

Known for their amazing diversity, the colorful foliage of Coleuses brightens flower beds and containers through the long summer season.

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7:11 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Shade: A Gardener's Friend Not Foe

March and April are still good times to purchase shade-loving plants for your landscape.

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 12:55 pm

Gardeners often gripe about how difficult it is to grow plants in shady areas. The trouble mostly occurs when sun-loving plants are planted in the shade. Gardening in the shade can be and should be just as enjoyable as successful as gardening in sunnier areas.  

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6:56 am
Sat March 21, 2015

Spice Up Your Garden

Martin LaBar/flickr

Originally published on Sun March 22, 2015 2:25 pm

Louisiana residents have appreciated the enjoyable qualities of spicy foods for generations. The fire in Louisiana cooking is provided primarily by the use of hot peppers or products made from them, like red pepper and hot sauce. A backyard vegetable garden wouldn't be complete without a few pepper plants both hot and sweet to pick from. 

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7:26 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Spring Into Vegetable Gardening

Gardeners should consider planting tomatoes this time of the year.

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 6:34 pm

It's time to start thinking about adding spring and early summer vegetables to your garden.

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7:11 am
Sat March 7, 2015

Is It Spring Yet?

Gardeners should think about when winter freezes end, not necessarily when Spring begins.

Weather is unsettled and unpredictable this time of the year.

We often have days in the 70s in December, January and February right along with hard killing freezes.

When we look at this time of the year, the question from gardeners often is, "Well, when does Spring begin?"

And it sort of depends on how you define Spring. 

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7:36 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Ferns: An Asset to Any Garden

Ferns grow in a garden's shady spots.

Almost every landscape has shady areas, and ferns are a great group of plants that are perfect for those shady spots. Early spring is an excellent time to plant ferns in a landscape; it allows them to settle in and establish before the heat of summer arrives. So, if you've got some shady areas and you think ferns would work there now is the time to get them in the ground. 

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6:53 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Fertilizer on Gardeners' Minds

Bat guano fertilizer

Fertilizers are something we think about a lot in February and March as many plants are beginning to wake up and beginning to grow.

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7:01 am
Sat January 24, 2015

How Does Your Garden Grow? Write it Down.

Keeping records can help make you a better gardener.

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