Blooming in Sequence

Blooming Sequence ⋆ Lily Manga

One of the eternal quests of gardeners is a display of color and beauty
that delights the eye all year round. Like Jason’s pursuit of the golden
fleece, it’s not an easy task. But one can do it. It just takes planning
and time, plus eternal additions and replacements. A year round display
requires what’s called a “Sequence of Bloom”, where one chooses different
plants whose colors and flowers appear at different times, in orderly succession,
so something is always interesting.


Well planned gardens contain plants that catch our attention at all
seasons in a continuous changing panorama. We tend to think mostly of flowers,
particularly bulbs, perennials and annuals, but in fact many trees and
shrubs also provide color, flowers, berries or interesting foliage.

THE SEQUENCE OF BLOOM IN COOL CLIMATES is as follows. (For more southerly
places, it begins a month or two earlier, depending on how far south one
is.) Though northern gardens reach their zenith on that magical day in May
when the whole world seems to be one large bouquet, spring really begins
when the first shy bulbs like crocus, squill and chionodoxa peek out from
the melting snow. The sequence of bloom continues with the flowers of
early spring, such as forsythia, early rhododendrons, magnolia and cherry
trees and other early flowering bulbs.

Later, in May, blossoms of azaleas and rhododendron blooms clamor for
our attention along with the crabapple trees and dogwoods. Perennials …

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Online Roulette

Online Roulette Rules for Beginners – How To PlayOnline roulette uses a random number generator to approximate the spin of a “real” roulette wheel. Most wheels you see in Vegas are numbered one through 36 in alternating black and red colors. There are usually, but not always, two green numbers, zero and double-zero, which are there to give the house a slight edge. Anyone who tells you you have a 50-50 shot when playing the “outside” in roulette is not telling the whole truth.

Were there no green spaces on a roulette wheel then yes, your odds would be 50-50. But the green spaces are just enough to lower your odds below 50 percent, since there is a better-than-four-percent chance the wheel will come to land on one of these two spaces. Some casinos feature roulette wheels with only one green space. While this may seem like a negligible advantage (or disadvantage in the other instance), in the long run this one space can determine fortunes won and lost.


Playing Online Roulette

As with casino roulette, online roulette presents gamblers with plenty of options. The most popular of these is playing a single number. While the odds of actually landing on one chosen number are small, the payout is proportionately large–usually 35:1. Other options for roulette online include playing several numbers at once. By placing your chips at the intersection of two or four numbers, you “cover” them all but divide your payout in equal measure.

Any of the aforementioned strategies is known as “playing the inside,” …

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Roulette – Have Fun and Win Some Money

At the roulette table there are two different bets that pay odds of 2/1. That is, if you bet $1 and win, you get back your $1 plus you get $2 from the casino. These bets are “Columns” and “Numbers”. When you look at the layout of the table, the “Columns” bet is at the end of the numbers away from where 0 and 00 are located. The “Numbers” bet is the group of 12 numbers located along the side between where “black” and “red” and the number array is located.

The croupier releases the ball into the spinning wheel and the ball drops into a numbered pocket. If that number is in the “Column” or group of “Numbers” that you have selected, you win your bet.

These two bets are equal in odds and which bet you make is best determined by where you sit at the table. Since they are identical in odds, make the bet that is most easily reachable.

The casino always has the advantage at roulette. That advantage is determined by how many numbers there are on the wheel. Some wheels have the number 1 through 36 plus 0 and 00. Some wheels do not have 00. On the bet being discussed, the wheels that have both 0 and 00 provide the casino with an advantage of about 6%. Wheels that have just 0 provide about a 4% advantage. Single 0 tables are hard to find, however, and this discussion will be about tables with …

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Remembering the Gardens of One's Childhood

gardens of one’s childhood always remain in memory as happy places. They
are not perfectly manicured trophy gardens of exotic flowers nor architectural
masterpieces. The gardens of one’s childhood are fleeting images of sunny
times with loving parents or grandparents or neighbors.

Memories return of mothers picking, arranging
or enjoying the beauty of flowers. These memories are often closely intertwined
with our current love of gardening.

The gardens of my childhood had woods with violets
for picking and bringing home.Sometimes there were vegetables, particularly
huge, seedy cucumbers which were scorned, and preserved tomatoes that exploded
in the cellar artistically spattering the ceiling with red.

In the rose bed, the gardener unknowingly weeded
out my marigolds seedlings when I was six years old. The most vigorous
rose, a climbing red one, came from a cutting given by a neighbor who always
had a box of chocolates handy for visiting children.

There were old purple-pink irises that faithfully
flowered each year, clones of which still do in my garden. The aguga and
lily-of-the-valley pips I took to my house have become broad swaths of
bloom that slowly move each year towards the southern sun.

The gardens of childhood live on in the plants
I brought when I was landscaping my own house, many from cousins and friends
as well. They are old varieties, valued for longevity and resilience, and
while not as fancy as newer hybrids, they return faithfully each year.

When each of my children started their own homes,
I …

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Evergreen Ground Covers

As the leaves fall away from trees, shrubs and flower beds, evergreen foliage becomes more noticeable and more cherished. None so much as the ground covers that keep the bare earth green during the darkening days of winter.
Planting time for groundcovers is in spring when their rooting hormones run, but thinking time for them is now and through the winter. As the leaves fall, and beds become bare, look around and see where you wish you had some greenery.


One nice thing about ground covers is that you don’t have to rake out the leaves. Though they may lie atop the groundcover plants now, as winter proceeds, they will drop through to the ground, to decay into nice healthful compost. And this will happen without your lifting a finger to help. When you plant ground covers near each other, they compete for their place. I have done that and ended up with certain ones winning, and others being lost. When I was young and naive, I thought a border of moss would be more elegant than just plain pachysandra along the front walk. Little did I know. One can find lots of lists of ground covers, but they never tell you how each will grow over time. And more important , who wins when they fight with each other for space and light.


So here is a list of some temperate region evergreen ground covers that prefer shade beginning with the wimps and ending with the most …

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Women's Build

When the Cape Cod Chapter of Habitat for
Humanity International met the Dennis Junior Woman’s Club the first Women’s Build,
all women Habitat blitz construction project in Massachusetts, was born.
Spearheaded by Dennis Juniors’ Vice President and Cape Cod Habitat for Humanity
chapter board member Paula Whitcomb, the project, which had been brewing
for almost a year and half, began to take shape last February.

95 women showed up for a public meeting
to explore the project. The group broke up into committees out of which
fundraising and product donation solicitation efforts were launched. The
group needed to raise $40,000 in cash as well as encourage local businesses
and national manufacturers to donate a significant percentage of the building
materials. They also needed to find a site – and, if possible, secure its
donation from either the municipality or private citizen who owned it.

Habitat for Humanity International is a
nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating
substandard housing and making decent shelter a matter of conscience and
action. Habitat has built nearly 60,000 homes worldwide. Volunteers work
with future homeowners to build or renovate houses, which are then sold
to partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the 15-20
year mortgage. The money from the sale of each house goes into a revolving
Fund for Humanity, to support future building projects.

efforts included a raffle, an auction, a restaurant tasting event, and a
“men’s bake sale and baked goods auction”. Local celebrities from…

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Spruce Up a Cement Floor

Concrete basement floors, porches, patios, even garage floors, can look a little grim. Sure, you can paint a concrete floor a single, uniform color, but how interesting is that? Why not try something a little more attractive? Tromp l’oeil (fool-the-eye) painting techniques are a lot more fun. The details below will show you how to transform a monochromatic concrete slab into a stylish terra-cotta tile floor using water-based paints.

What do you need to create this paint effect?


You need latex floor enamel paints in a few colors. Here are some suggestions from Benjamin Moore Latex Porch and Floor Enamel, the colors: Country Redwood, Adobe Clay, Bisque, Bamboo Beige, Platinum Gray, Blue Quarry, and White. Any durable porch or floor paint would create the same effect. The reason for so many colors is that they need to be mixed as you work to get the kind of realistic variation seen in real terra cotta and grout joints.

Besides the paints, you’ll need these tools:

  • tape measure
  • chalk line tool
  • 1 2x 12-inch square of foam rubber
  • 4-inch square of foam
  • pencil
  • straightedge

We also need a couple of paintbrushes–one about 2 inches wide, and other 1/2-inch artist’s brush–a couple of large, shallow baking dishes, and a precut stencil, no more than 3 1/2 inches square.

So where do you start?


The first step is to find the center of each wall around the perimeter of the floor and mark it on the floor. Then, using the chalk line …

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