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Common Green Shield bug - Palomena prasina, 2nd instar on Bramble leaf. August 2012

Common Green Shield bug - Palomena prasina, 2nd instar on Bramble leaf. August 2012

Commmon Green Shield bug - Palomena prasina, 3rd instar, September 2012

Commmon Green Shield bug - Palomena prasina, 3rd instar, September 2012

Common Green Sheild Bug - Palomena prasina. The 4th instar nymph in my garden earlier in August is all grown up now. I'd like to think its the very same one, who looks to be planning on overwintering in my greenhouse. October 2012

Common Green Sheild Bug - Palomena prasina. The 4th instar nymph in my garden earlier in August is all grown up now. I'd like to think its the very same one, who looks to be planning on overwintering in my greenhouse. October 2012

When your saffron crocus opens up, take a tiny pair of scissors (I used my embroidery scissors) and snip these red-orange styles off at the base. Dry the styles (sometimes referred to as saffron “threads”) in a warm, dry location (mine took only a few hours to dry) and then place them in a spice container keeping your saffron away from heat and sunlight.

When your saffron crocus opens up, take a tiny pair of scissors (I used my embroidery scissors) and snip these red-orange styles off at the base. Dry the styles (sometimes referred to as saffron “threads”) in a warm, dry location (mine took only a few hours to dry) and then place them in a spice container keeping your saffron away from heat and sunlight.

Pentaglottis sempervirens - Green Alkanet. Spring 2012

Pentaglottis sempervirens - Green Alkanet. Spring 2012

Euphorbia thrives in the difficult conditions commonly found under big trees.Upright spikes of lime green flowers emerge in spring and persist through early summer. The bright flowers show up well above the dark glossy foliage. In better conditions it makes a good all-year-round evergreen background to woodland plants or other shade lovers. Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade. Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist. Hardiness: Hardy

10 Cheap but creative ideas for your garden 5

Euphorbia thrives in the difficult conditions commonly found under big trees.Upright spikes of lime green flowers emerge in spring and persist through early summer. The bright flowers show up well above the dark glossy foliage. In better conditions it makes a good all-year-round evergreen background to woodland plants or other shade lovers. Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade. Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist. Hardiness: Hardy

Create a Buzz in Your Garden: Bring in the Bees    Give pollinators a reason to come to your garden, and you'll enjoy bigger harvests.    By Marie Hofer, Gardening editor, HGTV.com [click photo]

Create a Buzz in Your Garden: Bring in the Bees Give pollinators a reason to come to your garden, and you'll enjoy bigger harvests. By Marie Hofer, Gardening editor, HGTV.com [click photo]

'The throw of the dice' aka Honesty plant seed pods, Money plant, or Dollar plant • Mary Faith

'The throw of the dice' aka Honesty plant seed pods, Money plant, or Dollar plant • Mary Faith

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