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Here are dozens of garden plants that deer and rabbits will turn up their noses at - The Denver PostTuesday, January 30, 2018
He says the products come in the form of both spray and granules. Certain types also discourage deer.Harriett McMillan, horticulture specialist at Echter’s Nursery & Garden Center, in Arvada, says the nursery gets a lot of customers looking for a remedy for the rabbit invasion.“(Rabbits are) especially in the western suburbs, even down in Littleton,” she says. “All over the city, there are lots of rabbits.”McMillan also recommends repellents as a tool.“One of the very popular ones is based on fox-urine granules,” she says. “The predator scent of a fox can be a deterrent. (Others are) herbal oils, clove oil, blood meal, garlic. Once they taste it, they’re not going to go back.”Plants that rabbits hateAnother strategy is to plant perennials and some annuals, such as Zinnias, that rabbits don’t like. As you may have gathered from the discussion on repellents, rabbits have sensitive noses. Plants with a strong scent, especially those that have an earthy, herbaceous aroma often don’t pass the rabbit smell test.Echter’s has available several handouts that describe strategies for dealing with rabbits and other pests. For those choosing plants for the garden, one tip is doing plant-by-plant tryouts — planting one of a plant variety and checking it the next couple of mornings. If it hasn’t been unearthed and eaten, it’s probably safe to plant more of the same.Another handout runs down plants that rabbits love and hate.Some of the plants it calls “salad-bar specials for rabbits.” Those include tulips, pansies, irises, petunias and fennel. Plants that rabbits dislike include lavender, penstemon, artemesia, hyssop, sages, shasta daisy, gaillardia, common butterfly bush, blue mist spirea and columbine.“A lot of them I find are going to have gray, fuzzy foliage,” McMillan says.An Echter’s handout also lists plants that deer tend to avoid. Trees include Douglas fir, Colorado blue spruce, lodgepole pine, piñon pine and common hackberry. Other plants include lavender, echinops, delphinium, goldenrod, chokecherry, chocolate flower and Apache plume.“The caveat on all that,” McMillan says, “is that if deer are hungry, they’re going to eat.”Another thin...
Summit County Garden Tour offers a feast of flowers - Summit Daily NewsMonday, July 18, 2016
Each summer, Barbara creates a new garden or expands on a previous year’s garden. The Calvins have traveled all over the world and like to incorporate flowers from Switzerland, England, Arvada and Fort Collins into their Breckenridge garden.Barbara has been gardening from the time she was little. She never enjoyed indoor chores, so she chose to work outdoors instead. Most of her garden is perennial, however she has a few annual flowers such as foxglove, violas, orange zinnias and lobelia that she loves to plant seasonally.Barabara’s favorite garden is at the back of the home, which includes a waterfall pond, statue and dozens of beds of colorful flowers. She also has numerous flower baskets and planters.Barbara also uses fresh herbs in her cooking. The herb garden includes everything from oregano, rosemary, thyme, lavender, parsley, mint, along with edible flowers, which she loves adding to salads to give them more color and beauty.MEANING AMONG THE BLOSSOMSEach piece of the Calvins’ garden is symbolic in some way. Columbines are spread throughout because Barbara taught at Columbine High School. Daisies lie in front to pay homage to Barbara’s mother’s favorite flower. There is also lambs ear — which had covered her garden in Switzerland — and day lily, from her gardens in Fort Collins. Barbara has organized her gardens to be English-styled instead of French, which are very formally planted.Barbara says, “In England, I was able to learn more about English gardens, where the flowers are mixed. You don’t need specific flower beds, but instead lead with one kind of flower that weaves a trail from one garden to another.”Another highlight is the garden Barbara has created for her husband Jim. It is a mix of various shades of orange and blue flowers to support the Denver Broncos and also includes a Nike swoosh symbol. This garden was brought to life last summer and is still being expanded upon, along with Barbara’s current initiative of covering her front bank with wildflower growth.A VARIETY OF BLOOMSMake sure not to miss out on this and many other beautiful gardens featured on the tour. Alpine gardens are not easy, but these gardeners have done amazing things to keep the summer blooming in the mountains.The self-guided tour consists of seven gardens that are avai... http://www.summitdaily.com/news/22941031-113/summit-county-garden-tour-offers-a-feast-of
Rick Tuttle, the Chicago artist who ran an artful Michigan bookstore, dies at 66 - Chicago TribuneMonday, May 07, 2018
Acorn Theater since 2002, says, “Rick Tuttle was the epicenter of the town. He created spaces that, like Rick, were full of hyphens. His buildings were bookstore-gallery-party space-salon-florist shop-poetry center-whatever. Like a lot of people here, Rick was a man of many talents and none defined by his jobs. He was generous and committed to making Three Oaks the community he envisioned.“He was a wry, cynical optimist who did everything with passion. His anger at injustice was overshadowed by his love for simple pleasures in life. A drink, time with a friend, a dance (and he would dance without shame and with zest), a tight and serious hug, and regular verbal affirmations were regular parts of Rick’s life. He loved his wives and his friends with a sincerity that made us feel more important and loved than anyone could imagine.”Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune
Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created.Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created. (Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune)Richard Daer Tuttle was born in Chicago on July 1, 1951. His father, Richard, was an artist and designer and his mother, LaVerne, instilled in him a lifelong love of books. He was a free spirit who, after graduating high school, moved to Costa Rica where he married for the first time, had a child and discovered the painting and literature of that area.Back in Chicago, he began his career as a graphic artist, working for some of the city’s large advertising agencies before starting his own firm, RT2 Design, which had clients in the business and cultural worlds, among them Southport Records for which he made its eye-catching logo. He also did design work for the Blue Rider Theater Company.That was the troupe founded by writer/director/a... http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-rick-tuttle-memorial-0417-story.html
Target 2 Consumer Alert: Mother's Day flower shop scam and Microsoft popups - WBAYMonday, May 07, 2018
If you're buying them online, there are some important questions to ask before you buy. The Director of Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection says you may think you're selecting a local florist, but you are actually contacting a business in another state that just coordinates the purchase and delivery. Consumer protection says when you do an online search, follow up with a call. If the business answers with something generic such as, "flower shop," ask for a specific name, where it's located and get an address.Also, ask specific questions about the flower arrangement. How many roses versus carnations and if there are any tacked on fees for a vase or extras. If the people on the other end don't give you that information, hang up. There are plenty of local florists to get an arrangement from. Another costly scam we want to warn you about are the Microsoft Tech Support Scams. Usually there is a popup on your screen telling you there's a problem with your computer and to call a phone number for help right away. Some new information shows just how much this scam is spiking. Microsoft IT had 153,000 customers calling into its Microsoft customer support telling them they were scammed. That's a 24 percent jump from 2016 to last year. Of those, 15 percent of people lost, ... http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Target-2-Consumer-Alert--481873001.html
6 Royal Wedding Bouquets To Use For Your Own Wedding Inspiration - Elite DailyMonday, May 07, 2018
It's tradition that royal brides carry a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets, because the flower stands for marriage and love. According to Town & Country, the royal couple-to-be committed to florist Philippa Craddock, and Markle will carry white garden roses and peonies (in addition to some other elegant varieties). I looked to Kate Middleton's stunning flowers for some inspo on these seven wedding bouquets for your big day, as well as the flowers we might see Markle carrying in just a few short weeks. You deserve to look like royalty when you walk down the aisle, am I right?1LiliesPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAccording to The Guardian, Kate Middleton's bouquet was filled with lily of the valley that was in season at the time. You might want to consider including lilies for your big day, too. The white flower comes across as elegant and graceful, and is often a sweet addition to any wedding bouquet. Your guests will be in awe of how romantic you look walking down the aisle.2White RosesAdam NixonIt doesn't get much more elegant than carrying a bouquet of white roses on your wedding day. Especially when they're in full bloom, this flower radiates beauty and will surely make you look like one of the royals. Your flowers will at least get a very regal moment on your Instagram feed, if they don't make it into a major wedding magazine. I think it's safe to say Meghan Markle might even approve. After all, she's incorporating white garden roses into her bunch, too.3PeoniesAndrew YaremchukPut some peonies in your bouquet if you truly want to channel major princess vibes on your way to your very own happily ever after. These flowers will feel romantic and will be a regal addition to your look y...
FTD Companies, Inc., Introduces New Mother's Day Floral, Gourmet Sweets Collections - PR Newswire (press release)Monday, May 07, 2018
Fresh floral arrangements hand-crafted and delivered by an FTD florist make a lasting impression."FTD has a 108-year-old heritage of delighting customers through luxurious, florist-designed flowers and has a deep understanding of how to make Mom feel special through flowers. It's simple for gift givers to say what they mean this Mother's Day in a beautiful and authentic way through FTD's premium bouquets, ProFlowers' farm-fresh flowers and Shari's Berries delectable treats. Bring Color to Her EverydaySeeing or hearing from those closest to us is a sure way to brighten our day. Add a little color to her life, like she repeatedly does for you, with one of these colorful floral gifts from FTD and ProFlowers:Deliver the Ultimate Royal TreatmentThe ones we love deserve only the best—and then some. Shower your "queen" with fresh cut blooms worthy of royal recognition or take inspiration from traditional afternoon teatime. These gifts are sure to have that special someone beaming atop her throne:Reward Those with a Major Sweet ToothMom may have always said that dessert didn't count as dinner, but these delicious treats from Shari's Berries may change her mind: Timeless Display of AffectionThese classic gifts warm her heart year after year and bring joy to her special day. You can also give Mom the gift that keeps on giving through ProFlowers' new Bloom Refresh™ program and receive a second bouquet 12 days after the first bouquet to refill her vase. See these products and more at www.ftd.com, www.proflowers.com, and www.berries.com. About FTD Companies, Inc.FTD Companies, Inc., is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of b...
WKU to close down the WKU Floral Shop next week - College Heights HeraldTuesday, May 01, 2018
The WKU Floral Shop will close on May 6 after local florists have complained the shop was unfairly subsidized competition. According to the statement released by Bob Skipper, director of media relations, "a group of floral business owners" from Bowling Green and Simpson County approached WKU last September, "claiming that the WKU Floral Shop represented unfair market competition because it is partially subsidized by a public university."In a public Facebook post by Christal Smith McKinney, according to her LinkedIn profile information she is an alumna of WKU, said the charge to close the Floral Shop was led by Warren County Judge-Executive Michael Buchanon. Buchanon, according to business registration information filed with the Kentucky secretary of state's office, is the president of Deemer Floral Co., a local floral shop on Lehman Avenue in Bowling Green. Buchanon publicly commented on McKinney's status and said all the privately owned florists in the region have opposed WKU and "their publicly funded Flower Shop compet... http://wkuherald.com/news/wku-to-close-down-the-wku-floral-shop-next-week/article_bdd2cfe2-4cb3-11e8-aff6-9f549d85f2c2.html