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September 2, 20150 found this helpful

You might double check the needle. It might be in backwards. This happened to a friend of mine.

July 10, 20080 found this helpful

These are very nice. I hadn't thought of decoupaging them. I'll have to give it a try. In the past I've either left them the way they are (too pretty to cover) or I have hand painted them, as well as adding beads and baubles off the bottom. The large popcorn tins with Christmas/Winter designs I have put silk flower arrangements in them and given them as gifts. They were very well received. The ones I have planted in, I have used a small disposable diaper (unused ... yes people have actually asked that question LOL) in the bottom to help hold the soil and moisture in. Otherwise they dry out really quickly.

Nice to see others using recyclables in there crafting projects!


July 10, 20080 found this helpful

I would like to try to create/use rain barrels this year. However, we do not have gutters on our house. Will the barrels fill enough if just placed in the yard? Or is it necessary to divert/collect from a larger source (i.e., rain diverted off an entire roof)?


Zone 5 - Massachusetts

July 10, 20080 found this helpful


Iris do not like to be crowded, so dividing them is probably a good idea (not sure of timing for this myself). I do know that while the roots need to be deep, the rhizome needs to be near the surface. Below is a link that you might find useful for growing/planting iris.

Good luck!


May 14, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Holly,

The short answer is ... Yes, they should be deadheaded.

Here's some additional maintenance info for you. I hope it's helpful.

Dianthus Maintenance: Do not mulch all the way around the Dianthus or you will encourage stem rot. Clumps can be divided every 2 or 3 years to encourage better flower production. Snipping blooms off for cut flower arrangements, or deadheading faded blooms will encourage better flower production.

Good Luck!


Zone 5 MA

May 25, 20060 found this helpful

Thanks for sharing the cute angel (directions, patterns and pics). They are very cute. I used this same idea to help train Cub Scouts on the use of jack knives. We didn't work from patterns, but each kid chose their own idea. Some came away with cute little puppies, stars, and lots and lots of soap chips! LOL After a couple of sessions, and very clean hands, each of my Scouts had earned their "whittlin chip".

Thanks for sharing!


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