Receiving a rose bouquet as a gift is very special. Could it be that roses represent so many emotions and are positively linked to specific occasions like birthdays, Valentine's Day, graduations and anniversaries? Or are they special because their blooms are fragrant, beautifully colored and have such a distinct presence when wonderfully displayed in a floral arrangement?
Growing up in Kansas with a stern Baptist grandmother I had a lot of early experience with home remedies. Returning from a grandma visit to jeering siblings I often had garlic breath and sported flaky baking soda poultices. I found Grandmother fascinating and diligently followed her around her cobwebby basement checking out shelves full of mysterious liniments, syrups and salves.
Late winter to early spring is the ideal time to prune deciduous shrubs before new growth begins. Although it’s easy to neglect these garden workhorses, view pruning as important to growing a healthy shrub that will set off the rest of your garden efforts.