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The Royal Empress Tree: Fastest growing flowering tree in the world, with  huge, fragrant purple blooms that look like orchids.

The Royal Empress Tree: Fastest growing flowering tree in the world, with huge, fragrant purple blooms that look like orchids.

About Aloe polyphylla  This beautiful and rare species evolved in the high elevations of the Drakensberg mountains of southern Africa. The unique spiral arrangement of its leaves make Aloe polyphylla very special. Many succulent plants have basal rosette morphology but none have achieved such a striking spiral of leaves. A mature plant will have five rows of leaves either clockwise or counterclockwise.

About Aloe polyphylla This beautiful and rare species evolved in the high elevations of the Drakensberg mountains of southern Africa. The unique spiral arrangement of its leaves make Aloe polyphylla very special. Many succulent plants have basal rosette morphology but none have achieved such a striking spiral of leaves. A mature plant will have five rows of leaves either clockwise or counterclockwise.

This neat trick is all over the web and I’m not sure who to attribute it to. Here’s the idea: put pennies in your birdbath to prevent algae.  I don’t think it works to get rid of algae, so start with a clean birdbath first.  Copper penny update: According to alert reader Pat Cline, you’ll need pre-1982 pennies for the algae prevention trick to work. Later pennies have little actual copper.

This neat trick is all over the web and I’m not sure who to attribute it to. Here’s the idea: put pennies in your birdbath to prevent algae. I don’t think it works to get rid of algae, so start with a clean birdbath first. Copper penny update: According to alert reader Pat Cline, you’ll need pre-1982 pennies for the algae prevention trick to work. Later pennies have little actual copper.

Creating a buried pot garden is a beautiful and easy way to ecoscape. Not only will your garden be extraordinarily charming and tidy, it'll consume less water and energy. Sunken planter gardens like this one provide both form and function. The pots prevent your herbs or plants from overrunning their designated areas, and the mulch keeps unwanted weeds and pests at bay while consuming no water and energy.

Creating a buried pot garden is a beautiful and easy way to ecoscape. Not only will your garden be extraordinarily charming and tidy, it'll consume less water and energy. Sunken planter gardens like this one provide both form and function. The pots prevent your herbs or plants from overrunning their designated areas, and the mulch keeps unwanted weeds and pests at bay while consuming no water and energy.

General growing info. (Seed Saving: Zinnias will cross-pollinate. Gardeners should only grow one variety at a time to save pure seed, or isolate varieties by 1/4 mile.)

General growing info. (Seed Saving: Zinnias will cross-pollinate. Gardeners should only grow one variety at a time to save pure seed, or isolate varieties by 1/4 mile.)

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