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Top down view of black and white iris.

What's the Name of This Iris?As you may know I'm starting a new iris bed in "The Path Garden". I saved this picture a few years ago and can't remember where I got it. Does anyone have this iris or know the name? I would love to have it added to the garden for next year. Thanks for any help ThriftyFun's family can provide.


small lemon tree with several green fruit

Lemons Falling Off the Tree?This semi-dwarf Meyer lemon tree is losing the fruit. Can anyone tell me why? It had hundreds of blooms. It set many lemons, and now more than 3/4ths of them have fallen off. There are still several larger fruit hanging on.


Building a Step For Our Dog?Does anyone have easy to follow plans to build steps for "Buddy" to use to get to the top of the bed and down again? We don't know how old he is or what injuries he might have had before we got him.


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Lead Testing Kits?About 18-20 years ago when we had the first round of Lead scare, I saw a testing kit for sale. I know someone out there knows where to buy them now. Can you tell me where to get one? IS IT MADE IN CHINA? I will tell you what I saw in the 99 cent store that reminded me of the need for one. They had some nice coffee mugs and I was going to make some 'Hot cocoa gift mugs' UNTIL I saw a sticker on a couple of them that said 'Warning, not made for food'. There were dozens of them and only a few had the warning sticker on them.


What is This Plant?Can anyone tell me the name of this plant? It has grown to about 3 -1/2 feet, the tallest one. Then the other one is about 10 inches shorter and the third is only about 10 inches tall. I have since planted them in the ground.


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Brown Boronia Information?Can any one tell me about "Brown Boronia"? And where to get them? My zone is 9-10 in Southern, CA. I'm told that they will grow here.


Pattern for a Vintage 1950s Glass Windchime?I would like to have a pattern for the small glass windchimes that came from Japan in the 1945-1960s. I remember them costing 25 cents to $1.25. Here is a picture of one my daughter bought for me. I want just one tier. Anyone know where to find one? Or the pattern?


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Simple Wine Recipe?Anyone have a simple wine making recipe? We have many grapes.


Yellow bugs on plant stalks.

What Are These Bugs?I have never seen these funny yellow gold bugs before. They are smaller than a tomato seed. They appeared on a plant from a bulb DD ordered for me. The plant has not had a flower yet. This is the tallest of the plants out of 5 bulbs. The others have not bloomed and are only about 4 inches tall. They are either Grecian Rose or Asclepias mixture, which never grew at all.


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Plants and Trees That Grow In Arkansas?I need a list of flowering plants, fruit trees and nut trees that grow in Arkansas, near the Mt. Home area. Can I take cuttings of my plants from California? I know Roses, Iris and Day Lilies do well there.


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Looking For a Bearded Iris?I am looking for a Bearded Iris by the name of "Lip Stick Lies" It was white with random red lipstick marks on it. Does anyone have it in their yards or know where I can get one? Thanks in advance. Great Granny Vi from Southern CA.


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Trying to Locate Lipstick Lies (Bearded Iris)?I have been trying for a number of years to find a Bearded Iris called Lipstick Lies. Do you know where I could get it? I believe it came from Australia.


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Where Have the Boysenberries Gone?I wonder if anyone else is missing boysenberry pie? Has anyone else noticed boysenberries are missing from the markets? I'm really tired of blackberries.


Small blue flowers around a center of darker blue.

What Type of Plant Is This? (Giant Scilla, Pruvain...Does anyone know what the name of this plant is? It was from my neighbor about 3 years ago. I divided it and put part in the sunny part of the garden and part in the shade. It bloomed this year in the sun. The one in the shade has not. The leaves are strap like.


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Inexpensive Toys Made in the USA?Need safe toys MADE IN THE U.S.A. for a great-granddaughter that will be 4 years old in Dec. I do not sew or do handwork. Anyone have ideas that will be easy and not much money? ($10 - $20 max)


Bearded iris with white petals bordered in light to medium purple

What is the Name of This Iris?Can anyone tell me the name of this bearded iris? The name is lost somewhere in my memory. I have lost it and would like to replace it.Thanks for any help in doing so. GG Vi


Star shaped flowers.

What Is This Flower? (Peruvian Lily)I would appreciate finding the names of these two flowers. Anyone out there that can tell me? Thanks for taking time to answer.


What Is This Plant? (Yucca?)Can anyone tell me the name of this plant. It has 3-4 tiny lavender flower spikes on it once a year.


Blue star shaped flowers.

What is This Plant?I have a plant with blue star shaped flowers in our yard. Can anyone tell me the name of this plant? It is supposed to be a food source for butterflies? And how about info on the seed pods? What do they need in the way of sun/shade/food/water?



What is This Plant?My cousin's sister-in-law planted this vine while she was having cancer treatments. She told her it was a purple Clematis, but it bloomed this year and the flowers were white, last spring and did not look like any Clematis she has seen. Anyone know the name of this plant? Thanks.


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Fifty Famous Fairy Tales?I am looking for a book from my youth (about mid 1940's) called "Fifty Famous Fairy Tales." I found it in the water heater closet of the house my mom bought during WWII. I was my first real hardcover book. Has anyone heard of it or know how to find a copy with just the title?



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