• Jacqueline A. Soule, Ph.D. Special to The Explorer
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This time of year, nurseries, garden centers and grocery stores are swamped with the ubiquitous poinsettias in a vast array of colors and sizes. They are nice plants, but for something unique, look for cyclamen (pronounced sy-kla-men or sick-la-men). Either (or either) way, they are still be…

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  • Jacqueline A. Soule, Ph.D., Special to The Explorer
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The first Saturday of November is National Book Lovers Day. Books of all kinds, in all formats, are grand, but for me nothing beats a printed paperbook when it comes to a “How To” topic like gardening. To help you celebrate National Book Lovers Day, and possibly get a jump on your holiday sh…

  • Andy Warren, Special to The Explorer
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As anyone who’s ever purchased a home can attest, there are dozens of small and large decisions involved, ranging from what style of fixtures to install in the bathroom to how long of a commute to work you can tolerate. But, have you ever stopped to consider that the home choices you make no…

  • Jacqueline A. Soule, Ph.D. Special to The Explorer
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Indeed I do adore iris. Named for the Greek Goddess of the Rainbow, iris flowers bear almost every color of the rainbow (except a true red). While the beautiful blossoms appear in spring, the time to plant the plants is September, once temperatures drop below 100 degrees.  

  • Jacqueline A. Soule, Ph.D., Special to The Explorer
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It may not be fall yet, but kids (and teachers) are getting ready to head back to school which means an end to summer, and thus the start of fall. Plants think so, too. For them, the nights are getting longer, the suns rays slant in the sky, plus the ground starting to cool off. Plants that …

  • Jacqueline A. Soule, Ph.D. Special to The Explorer
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Summer time is mosquito time in the Old Pueblo. This was true even several centuries ago when Father Kino first wrote about the area. Back then there were a number of springs and running rivers around Tucson. Now the water is mostly underground and we have neighbors with stacks of tires, dog…

  • Jacqueline A. Soule, Ph.D., Special to The Explorer
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An aesthetically pleasing landscape around your home is just plain nice to come home to.  Plus it can add to your home value. But it takes time and money to maintain any landscape investment – so why not get more than mere aesthetic pleasure out of your landscape? How about landscape you can…

  • Hilary Backlund & Jay Lotoski, Special to Tucson Local Media
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With the temperatures firmly planted in the 80’s and spring blooming all around us, spending time outdoors is on everyone’s mind. No matter what the size or other limitations your outdoor space might present you, there is always a way to create a special outdoor sanctuary that will enchant y…

  • Jacqueline Soule, Special to The Explorer
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To continue the theme started in January, I am going to discuss this month’s birth flower – the daisy.  Which daisy?  Any daisy you wish!  The common English daisy, which may have been the original idea for the birth month flower, is a member of the sunflower family.  While the English daisy…

  • Hilary Backlund & Jay Lotoski Special to Tucson Local Media
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Imagine it – a beautiful home never slept in by another soul. Everything brand spanking new, clean and perfect, nary a scuff mark to be found and with all the finishes tailored to your preferences.