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Deer lawd — the easiest way to keep deer from eating your tulips

Here in the U.S., we have a lot of deer. So many in my area that we often see them chilling by the side of the road like it ain’t no thing. And for those of you who grow flowers in your garden, you might know that they enjoy eating the fine delicacy that is your colorful tulips. Here’s my favorite way to keep them from chowing down.

Chocolate dipped nasturtiums

Years ago, as a child, my mother and I grew nasturtiums and dipped the blossoms in chocolate. I didn’t enjoy it much back then, as I didn’t like the taste of them (tart, almost radish-y). But as an adult, I’m loving them.

Spread out one bouquet of flowers in five thrifted vases

I picked up a bouquet or two from the grocery store, five vases (varied from $.99 to $1.99), and voilà: happy window times!

An English cottage dream house, camping on the rocks, and a chinchilla spa in this week’s reader photos

Happy Monday, Homies! Good to see you back. In this week’s photos we have a lot of fantasy, and in this week’s Clicky Links there’s a lot of helpful hints.

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Gothic garden planning: 5 black blooms worth braving the sun for

As I dove into garden-planning season, I came across this breathtaking flower: the Black Parrot tulip. Now, I know it’s too late to plant tulips, but that doesn’t stop me from fantasizing about these.

Happily, the Black Parrot led me down a rabbit hole of other dark plants — the kind of vegetation that might convince even the palest of goths to slather on sunscreen and get into the garden.

Wedding decor-turned home-decor and a tent in a bright green and blue room in this week’s reader photos

Start your week with our collection of interesting articles on the web and photos from our readers. This week: a tent bed and a serendipitous score from a movie theater. In these Clicky Links you’ll find lots of sites to waste a little time on.

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Yes, you CAN grow orchids

Whenever I mention my orchids to people, even plant-lovers like me, they almost always say, “oh, I can’t grow orchids.” But you can! Orchids are just plants, and like all plants, they need light, water, and a little attention.

Container gardening part deux: Beyond thunderdome

Container gardeners, SOUND OFF! What’s going on with the container garden of your dreams? I have a couple extra ideas to help make it great.