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Terrariums: Bringing the Outdoors In

As winter settles in, the frigid temperatures and bleak, lifeless landscapes give some gardeners chills at the very thought of toiling outside. This winter, bring the warmth and vitality of summer indoors with you. Make the most of your yard’s dormant period by creating exclusively new gardens, or terrariums, inside your home. Potted houseplants certainly add comfort and interest to the home, but they are no match for lush indoor gardens. A terrarium ...

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Fascinating Ferns: a frond of many colors

Plunge into an emerald abyss of ferns this summer and cool off with their scintillating swirls of fronds and exotic mixes of hues. With their lush tropical foliage, ferns have a remarkable knack for instantly softening shade gardens, and offer a cool sense of vitality where few other plants will thrive. Though tender in appearance, these stalwart summer beauties pack punch with their luxuriant leaves as they effortlessly work to enliven courtyards, ...

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Edible Landscapes

With the cost of fuel on the climb and no cap in sight, it’s safe to say that gardeners and homeowners alike are taking nearly every measure they can to skimp and save for necessities. And so they should. No better time has offered itself than now for integrating edible gardening in our home landscapes. Save on a few annuals you might replant each year by including perennial herbs, seasonal vegetables, or fruiting shrubs instead. While I’m not ...

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Homegrown Blueberries

If you’re in search of something fresh this summer, sink your teeth into some of Louisiana’s sweetest blueberries. Tucked away in the quaint city of Wilson, Louisiana (just north of St. Francisville) lies Blueberry Ridge Orchard, home of the most delectable blueberries in the state. Blueberry Ridge, owned and operated by Chris Jones, is a pick-your-own berry farm that rests on ten acres of verdant land. Walk through this farm, and you’ll easily ...

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Exotic Pet Trends: It often begins with “love at first sight”

In Acadiana, we grew up with cats, dogs, goldfish, and parakeets as pets, but our horizons were limited, given the times. I can now boast that I have some wonderful friends in Prairieville who dote over their adorable household pet rabbit as an almost-family member. During interviews, I have encountered large, exotic parrots that back talk until their owners get truly embarrassed. I have been introduced to pet monkeys, emus, ferrets, and turkeys while ...

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La Dolce Vita: The Sweet Life with Figs

Growing up, I can remember going to my great-grandmother’s house each summer to harvest figs. My great-grandparents, being Sicilian immigrants, proudly kept their landscape much the way they would have in the old country—an orchard of fig trees mixed with lemon trees, orange trees, and banana shrubs, while on nearby arbors and trellises muscadine vines and bougainvilleas wildly climbed for attention. Their vegetable garden, overgrown with some ...

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