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Thursday, May 31, 2012

101 Things I Love about Portland Maine

238.LFK Cafe at Longfellow Square:  A funky neighborhood bar with comfy corners and friendly atmosphere.  This used to be a bookstore and the "flavor" remains.  Try their bacon-wrapped meatloaf for great comfort food.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

101 Things I Love about Portland Maine

237.  Grace Restaurant:  Very unique location in a beautiful old church.  The bar is quite spectacular and the specialty drinks are good.  Menu has tapas and full meals.  .http://www.restaurantgrace.com/

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Summer is Coming!

                                    Have a perfect day at one of Maine's beautiful beaches:


Perennial Flowers: A Little Care Says ‘Encore! Encore!’ Each Year

Don’t take your old garden friends — perennial flowers — for granted. A little routine love keeps these stunners growing for bloomin’ ever. ROI, anyone?

You don’t need a calendar if you grow perennial flowers, which return each year like clockwork. But home owners often take these Old Faithfuls for granted. We don’t divide, deadhead, or cut back like we should. Before we know it, our lush hydrangeas are barren, and our salvia has run amuck.

Luckily, perennial flowers are a forgiving bunch; and with a little love, will keep on blooming — a nice ROI. Here’s how to care for your perennials and protect your landscape year after year.
Chose varieties, location wisely
Growing perennial flowers is all about planting the right flower in the right spot. In other words: Know thy garden, and read thy plant label.

“I’ve had couples in here fighting about whether a spot is sunny or shady,” says Alison Caldwell, buyer for Hicks Nurseries on Long Island, N.Y. “You really must know your site — sunny, shady, clay soil, or sandy — and then pick the appropriate plant.”

Grow labels tells you everything a plant loves — partial shade or full sun, a lot of water or a little drought.

“Succulents favor droughts, so don’t plant them next to a sprinkler head,” Caldwell says. “And hostas don’t want to be in full sun — their leaves burn.”

Some hardy perennial flowers that grow from coast to coast, Florida to Maine, include:
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Hostas
  • Daylilies
  • Iris
  • Mums
  • Salvia
  • Yarrow
Most perennial flowers appreciate well-drained soil; so, if necessary, amend your compacted or clay soil with leavening organic matter like compost, peat moss, and manure. This will create tiny pockets that contain air, water, and nutrients — the building blocks of healthy plants.

Warning: Never try to break up clay soil with sand alone. Sand + clay + water = cement.

Mulch miracles
Mulching perennials gives them a fighting chance of surviving climate swings — frigid winters, blistering summers. After planting, mound up to 4 inches of mulch around the plant base. This insulation will keep soil temperature and moisture levels relatively constant, and protect plants from surprises — plants don’t like surprises — like record-warm winters and summer heat waves.

Divide and nurture in spring
Perennial flowers return each year bigger and better … until they don’t. Overcrowding could be the culprit, and dividing the plant is the answer.

You know it’s time to divide when blooms are fewer and smaller, and when the plant’s center is open or dead.

“When it comes to dividing, every plant is a little different,” says Lance Walheim, author of Roses for Dummies and an expert at Bayer Advanced Garden, which makes lawn and pest products.

You can break daylilies apart with your hand, but you’ll have to divide salvia’s hard root ball with a shovel or other sharp landscape tools.

Plant and fertilize divisions in bare spots around your yard. Or have a perennial swap with neighbors — your daylilies for their hostas.

If you decide not to divide, stake drooping stalks to protect against disease.

Deadhead in summer; cut back in fall
After blooms are spent, lop off their heads to direct energy to a second bloom, rather than a seed head. When the growing season is finished, and you’re cleaning up your garden for winter, cut off dead stalks and foliage. This will help plants get a good rest and return healthier and happier in spring.
lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon is a HouseLogic contributor and builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/gardens/perennial-flowers/#ixzz1wHDZ50SB

Monday, May 21, 2012

Flower Garden Tips

Designing a Flower Garden? Don’t Make These 5 Rookie Mistakes

Excited about designing your first flower garden? Calm down before you make these 5 rookie mistakes.

When designing your first flower garden, you’re bound to make some mistakes.
Nick Statton of Monrovia plant sellers says beginners don’t ask enough questions or read planting labels. The cure? Don’t be shy about bugging your local plant growers with basic inquiries — they’re there to help!

George Pisegna of The Horticultural Society of New York says newbies don’t know enough about their soil. Get smart by testing your soil.

What other mistakes do first-time gardeners make when designing and planting their flower gardens?

Mistake 1: Disregarding the sun

Do you know how many hours of full sun your garden gets each day in each season?

If you can delay gratification, study your yard over a year before designing a garden. See how long the sun shines in the fall, spring, and summer. Read planting labels to determine how much sun a particular plant needs.

Sun-loving plants, such as roses, need at least 6 hours of sun a day; partial sun/shade plants need 4 to 6 hours; and shade plants need little or dappled sunlight: more sun can burn their leaves.

Mistake 2: Failing to consider color

It doesn’t matter what color story you tell, just make sure you know the story before you plant. Here are some ideas:
  • Pull out your color wheel and find plants with complementary colors, such as yellow coreopsis with violet salvia.
  • Monochromatic gardens are stunners. Dot your one-color story with whites (daisies) and greens (hostas), considered neutrals in the garden world.
Mistake 3: Over-planting

When it comes to perennials, remember this rule: First year they sleep; second year they creep; third year they leap. Be sure to leave 2-3 feet between plants, giving them room to breathe and space to grow.

Mistake 4: Favoring lines over bunches

Tulips look like lonely soldiers when planted in lines. Instead, arrange bulbs and plants in more natural-looking, odd-numbered clusters of 3, 5, 7, and so on.

Mistake 5: Forgetting that size matters

Check labels for mature plant heights. Tallest go in back; medium in the middle; shortest in front. And don’t forget to install a focal point, like an ornamental tree or fountain.
lisa-kaplan-gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon Lisa Kaplan Gordon is a HouseLogic contributor and builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL.

Read more: http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/gardens/flower-garden-design-mistakes/#ixzz1vWLSTYZ6

Sunday, May 13, 2012

101 Things I Love about Portland Maine

236: Portland Flea for All: New vintage and craft group shop in Portland back Bay area has a little something for everyone from handmade jewelry to vintage clothing made into hip new styles.
Open on Sat and Sun.


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

101 Things I Love about Portland Maine

235: Expressly Trends: Old Port boutique shopping at discount store prices.  Find all the cute latest styles for much less.  Always new arrivals.  Fun!

101 Things I Love about Portland, Maine

234: The Portland Glass Company on India Street gives you a fair and reasonable deal on glass replacement.

They are quick and courteous!