hibiscus show offers floral jewels
Exotic hibiscus blooms are on display today at the free show and sale of the Sunset Chapter of the American Hibiscus Society. Prepare to be dazzled. It's from 1 to 4 p.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church, 11501 Walker Ave. N, Seminole. For a map, go to sunsetchapter.org.
New garden can have 'lived in' look
Does your new garden look too, well, new? A little raw, a little stiff? For 10 Ways to Age a Young Garden, visit www.cottageliving.com and type "age a young garden" into the search box. Think ground covers, mature specimens and garden antiques to give your garden the feeling that "it has always been here."
Put out a welcome mat for the birds
We share our gardens with the birds, so how can we be hospitable hosts? In Best-Ever Backyard Birding Tips (Rodale, $19.95), you'll pick up hundreds of ideas to attract the feathered ones. Learn how to provide food and water, nesting supplies and shelter for the birds you want, deterrents for those you don't.
Pruning takes a toll on houseplants
If you've just pruned a leggy or out-of-control houseplant, it may need a little R&R. Pruning stresses a plant, so place it in a bright spot out of direct sun for a week or so, then return it to its former home. Since you have reduced the amount of foliage on the plant, it will probably require less water than before pruning, so adjust accordingly, Black & Decker suggests.
Handy tote puts mowing in the bag
The Mow-Tote is a mesh bag, about 13 by 16 inches, that attaches to the handles of a lawn mower to hold all the things you need when you're out in the yard: water, insect repellent, tools, gloves. It provides a convenient place to stow litter, rocks, sticks, whatever you pick up out there. It sprays clean with a water hose. Looks like it would attach to stroller handles too, if you're so inclined. It's $11.95 from www.mowtote.com.
Compiled by Times Homes and Garden editor Judy Stark