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Ornamental grasses for North Carolina coastal region
March 09, 2016
What ornamental grasses will grow in pure sand and withstand salt-laden winds in zones 8 a and 8 b?
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Growing Loblolly Pine in Salado, Texas
March 09, 2016
I would like to plant a loblolly pine in Salado, Texas. Will these grow well here?
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Vine to attract Butterflies and Hummingbirds in Austin
March 09, 2016
We'd like suggestions for a climbing, flowering, butterfly/hummingbird friendly plant for our Austin, TX backyard!!
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Are Carolina jessamine flowers toxic to bees?
March 08, 2016
Hello Mr. Smarty Plants, My husband and I recently planted 15 yellow Carolina Jessamine bushes along our back fence. Our hope is that it will vine up into the fence and give us privacy. I went online...
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Where to find milkweeds and other butterfly favorites
March 07, 2016
Our neighborhood in San Antonio is planning a big Arbor Day celebration. One of the events will focus on Monarch Butterflies. We will be releasing some live ones in our park and will have a booth th...
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Growing Texas mountain laurel in a pot
March 07, 2016
I have a really good friend who Mom pass away just recently and they were the best of friends. She loved her mother dearly and did tons of stuff together. Recently I posted a picture of a Mountain L...
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Getting rid of Mexican Petunia in Chorpus Christi, TX
March 05, 2016
What is the best way to get rid of unwanted Mexican Petunia that keeps spreading to unwanted areas of my flower beds?
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Are Bluebonnet seeds still viable after storage for a year?
March 02, 2016
I bought a pouch of Bluebonnets a year ago and now found them and have to wait to Fall to plant. Too old? Start over in purchase?
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Does Possumhaw need full sun for a bountiful crop of berries?
March 02, 2016
I planted a possumhaw last year in a sunny location, however as the season changed the plant became shaded by a large Ashe juniper all through the winter. No berries this winter, but it is a young pla...
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Should flower stems of Texas mountain laurel be removed after they bloom?
March 02, 2016
Should I trim off the old flower stems from this years bloom on a Texas Mountain Laurel?
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