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Gardening Asylum South: Obsession and Refuge in North Carolina

Taiwanese Flower Market Video

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Thought I would share this here. Not the usual sort of video I would share but I found it fascinating to see what’s on offer in a different country. A great explanation from the video taker about what he’s seeing helps too. The older lady must be a relative, either that or he’s being stalked through the market 🙂

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Container Gardening Part II: Shopping Guidelines

In and Around the Garden

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InContainer Gardening Part I: Available Choices, I shared the types of pots offered. Here are some helpful tips to consider before you go shopping:

Size:  Roots need air circulation and plenty of soil for adequate root growth. Annuals don’t need as much soil as perennials but all plants need plenty of oxygen. Vigorous growers require repotting more often but don’t overwhelm plants in a huge pot. It will look unbalanced. A reputable nursery person can help you pick the right size for your plants.

Drainage:  All planters must have drainage holes. Even if you are putting a potted plant with holes inside a decorative planter don’t let it sit in the accumulated water at the bottom. Place an inch of gravel at the bottom of the decorative planter so the inserted pot sits above the water. Empty the water as needed.

Weight:  Consider the heaviness. Do…

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An excursion to the garden center

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And here is yet another eons-old post which I never published due to not having any pictures uploaded. This one I originally wrote on June 4th. (Which means the actual trip to the garden center was in mid-May.) Enjoy!


On Monday two weeks ago I finally made it to the garden store to buy flowers for the balcony. I know this is really nerdy and lame, but I LOVE visiting garden centers, even just to look. It was always one of my favorite activities to do with my mom, and sometimes back when I was living in Paderborn I would just ride my bike over to the closest garden center and explore all of their beautiful displays.

In our new apartment we also happen to have a wonderful long balcony which was woefully void of all plant life, and ever since January I have been longing for the day…

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Olwyn sending info on Orchid grower in Townsville

Slideshow of Alice’s Orchids in Townsville

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Subject: Olwyn sending info on Orchid grower in Townsville
From: Olwyn Jones
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 08:05:45 -0700 (PDT)
To: SoundEagle
Hi SoundEagle,

Alice’s Orchids

57 Octagonal Court
Kelso Qld 4815
Ph: 07 4789 0165
Email: alicesorchids@bigpond.com

Found this eye pleasing market stall at the Sunday Cotters Markets at Flinders Street a main thoroughfare, in Townsville, Queensland’s second largest city.

Townsville is a big country town and the CBD does not stay open late as I’m used to in capital cities of Australia.

Take away food venues are few and far between, which is not a bad thing from dietary and healthy points of view.

There are lots of cafe/restaurants offering sumptuous menus however, food prices are quite high in supermarkets I’m guessing, due to transportation costs to the area.

The Strand that straddles about 5kms of Townsville and coastline.

The locals are protective of their city not becoming an overdeveloped concrete jungle in the tropical far north of Queensland.

Humidity is high in this part of the state, which is why plants thrive.

The population is diverse with many younger and middle-aged tourists, Europeans, middle-Asian and East Asian ethic groups in this area along with army and some navy servicemen and women from the nearby government bases.

When not enjoying the relaxed lifestyle of this tropical coastal town, it is advisable to be inside in air conditioned comfort in the warmer months.

Check out Alice’s Orchids Nursery online and find yourself a living treasure to purchase.

Attached photos of some of Alice’s Orchids from the Cotters Market.

Kind Regards,
Olwyn Jones
Society for Growing Potted Plants
New Farm
Brisbane QLD 4005

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