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On Gardening: Fuzzy deutzia, a cascade of showy spring flowers

A deutzia renaissance is how my friend Dr. Gerald Klingaman, retired horticulturist, with the University of Arkansas, wrote about this new love that is occurring for this fuzzy heirloom that has been around for ages. If you haven't discovered the old-fashioned fuzzy deutzia, then make it a high priority, your landscape deserves it.

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Style at Home: Designer beds: 6 looks to wow you

I love being a part of a small, locally owned store, with all the freedom and opportunities that provides for us to let our creativity run wild. At the big chain home interiors stores, the look is dictated by the corporate office, but our designers are always experimenting, keeping our store fresh and new. To fuel their fires, I issued a Designers Challenge, asking each designer to create her dream bed for spring. Not surprisingly, their work blew me away and illustrated how to bring your personality and interests to life through bedding. Take a look ...

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How to be a better flower photographer

When photographing flowers, go for the close-up. Lean in to allow the flower to fill the frame, watching that your camera (or, more likely, smartphone) doesn't cast a shadow over your subject. If possible, stand above the flower and shoot down into its petals, focusing on the bloom's center.

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Want to clean your home without hurting the planet? Here's where to start

Personal hygiene and a clean home prevent the spread of germs, which is essential to our health, yet the majority of household cleaning products contain chemical ingredients with adverse health effects that also harm the environment. Some brands even contain cancer-causing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. How's that for a doozy of a catch-22? Although it sounds like a pretty bleak situation, there are many organic household cleaning products and brands that help you scrub away the dirt without leaving an even bigger metaphorical mess behind.

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2017 Spring Garden Tour garden features a creek, chickens and a vegetable garden

Jan and George Scheidt, of Clovis, have turned a basketball court space in their back yard into a vegetable garden, small orchard and chicken coop. The Scheidt Garden, which also features a running creek, is one of 7 gardens that will be open to visitors for the Fresno County Master Gardener's upcoming Spring Garden Tour 2017 on Saturday, April 29th from 9am to 5pm.
Silvia Flores The Fresno Bee
2017 Spring Garden Tour garden features a creek, chickens and a vegetable garden 2:14

2017 Spring Garden Tour garden features a creek, chickens and a vegetable garden

Her azaleas explode with color thanks to a bounty of rain 0:59

Her azaleas explode with color thanks to a bounty of rain

Clovis Botanical Garden springs into Spring 1:40

Clovis Botanical Garden springs into Spring

Plant Nite combines succulents and wine tasting 1:29

Plant Nite combines succulents and wine tasting