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by on February 9, 2012

Two Stylish Ways to Hang Indoor Plants

Is your house devoid of hanging plants because you suffer from macramé phobia? We’ve got the cure!These contemporary plant hangers offer stylish options for suspending your favorite indoor plants.
Unique Unique
The sleek, stainless steel Cinch Plant Holder may look delicate but it can hold pots up to 25 pounds. Cables are adjustable to accommodate containers ranging from 4 to 12 inches in diameter (it works best on pots with rims). Once you’ve got your pot situated in the loop, just cinch and hang. Whimsical
The award-winning Sky Planter puts the root system at the top and the plant at the bottom. Thanks to a special locking disc and mesh system, plants and soil are held firmly in place with no mess. Plus, it has a handy reservoir system that reduces the need to water by a whopping 80 percent! Planters are available in three sizes, with fun patterns, and there’s even a recycled option. 



A Sure Sign of Spring

Winter jasmine Just when it feels like winter’s never going to end, along comes a glimmer of hope in the shape of a tiny yellow flower.

Winter jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum), with delicate yellow flowers that bloom in late winter or early spring, signals that warm, sunny days are near. Learn how you can add this welcome sign of springtime to your garden.

Common name: Winter jasmine
Botanical name: Jasminum nudiflorum
Plant type: Vine
Zones: 6 to 10
Height: 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4 feet if grown as a shrub)
Family: Oleaceae

Growing conditions
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Well-drained, sandy loams
Moisture: Medium

Mulch: None needed.
Pruning: Prune in early spring after flowering has finished.
Fertilizer: None needed.

Keep Backyard Birds Fat and Happy

You could say that bird feeders have gone to the birds lately, with all the options available.From designs that attract only certain species to more general styles that work for a wider variety, there’s something to keep everyone happy. We’ve recently found two that cover the budget spectrum—one inexpensive option, and one that’s a bit pricier.
On the Cheap On the Cheap
Made of 100 percent recycled polypropylene plastic, Popoutz feeders can be filled with any type of wild bird food. They come in six different colors. And for a limited time, get your Popoutz feeder for free when you order a bag of mealworms, if you’re a National Home Gardening Club member!
Classic Chic Classic Chic
This Recycled Milk Glass Hummingbird Feeder is handmade in Mexico with a delicate, raised floral and hummingbird pattern. Easy to clean and fill, it holds 20 ounces of nectar. It’s a beautiful addition to any garden.
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