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Greensboro Local Gifts-414 State Street

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Come and stop by……….

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You will find locally made gifts and surely one of a kind. During your walk through the garden and boutique, one may think of Asheville, NC or Charleston, South Carolina (what I am told).

We have indoor antique water features, dried and preserved flower arrangements.

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Pottery, furniture, paintings which are perfect for holiday gifts.

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Hand painted bottles, birdhouses, chimes, antique dolls, vintage plates, jewelry and Alzheimer necklaces where all proceeds are delivered directly to the non-profit organization

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On the lavish lavender porch you will find wreaths, outdoor containers formal or whimsical.

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Unusual, earthy, frilly are ideal words to describe our conversation pieces. Nothing ever stays the same at Cornerstone. Thurs-Sat 11-3:30. Starting December 1st State Street will have a coffee shop again at 414 State Street

 

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Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt

414 State St***Greensboro Plant & Seed Swap***NO LIRIOPE or MONKEY GRASS

Saturday October 19th*** 10am***392.4031

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Please bring plants and seeds with an identification label in a container or plastic bag with color of bloom. Register by commenting on this post with your name and plants you may bring or call Diana at 336.392.4031. The plant swap will coincide with the order of registration. There will also be a drawing for a Wine and Roses Weigela shrub. A list of plants being swapped by Diana Digs Dirt is listed below.

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Image  Image Chocolate sunflower and all participants will receive complementary hyacinth bean vine seeds

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ImageImageImageAnenome, hardy begonia, pineapple lily

ImageImageNana coreopsis, hardy geranium

ImageImageImageEenie weenie daylily, green and gold, pastel yarrow

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ImageImageGentle shepard daylily, sweet woodruff

ImageImageHolly fern, rudbeckia triloba

ImageImageMexican petunia, prairie coneflower

Honeybee gold and fairy tale pink daylily

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Crape myrtle and japanese maple treejap

Carolina jessamine vine, red yarrow

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Vervain, hyssophys

Amazon mist and muhly grass

Red hot poker, daisy, russian sage, blue spruce sedum, stonecrop, maggie dalley astillbe, daisyhotasti

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Myself, Diana Digs Dirt is looking for purple, white and pink flowered perennials. I hope to see you there 🙂

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Posted by on October 2, 2013 in Cornerstone Garden, Events, Plant Swap

 

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Alzheimer Necklaces at Cornerstone Garden

Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt 414 (rear entrance) State Street has received many beautiful handmade necklaces supporting Alzheimer’s Association created by women who had a loved one effected with the disease.

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The necklaces come in a wide variety of colors and are adjustable.

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Little girls have even worn them as headbands.

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They even look great paired with your favorite necklaces.

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Ladies have used them as bracelets or to tie back sheer curtains

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The necklaces can even be used for small purse strings or placed around decorative pillows.

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Purchase a few necklaces to identify your wine glasses. The minimum donation is only $5 per necklace. 

footer_alz_logos The Alzheimer Association was formed in 1980 and is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Each year, the Association reaches millions of people affected by Alzheimer’s across the globe through our national office and more than 75 local chapters.

They provide services to those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias, including a professionally staffed 24/7 Helpline, thousands of local support groups and education programs, and a rich variety of online programs.

They are the largest, private non-profit funder of Alzheimer’s research. Through partnerships and funded projects, they have been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years. Each year, the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) brings together thousands of researchers to share information and research.

They are the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy, fighting for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal level. Advocates engage elected officials at all levels of government and participate in the annual Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum, a march on Capitol Hill to meet with elected representatives.

Cornerstone Garden is open Thursday through Saturday from 11-3:30 accepting cash or checks. Closed for vacation July 25-27.

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Landscape Designs, Plans or Recipes Save Money

Many homeowners enjoy outdoor living areas and take pride in doing the work themselves. Within time, it is realized that incorrect plants are used, drainage issues were not addressed or high maintenance plants were installed. Planting your landscapes correctly the first time would save money and hard work.

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Professional landscape designers are well-educated with a great knowledge of plants, drainage and hardscapes. Just like interior design, landscape designers apply design elements and principles in order to create an aesthetic and cohesive landscape. Some of the elements and principal include; unity, focal point, repetition, color, texture, balance and proportion.

The best part of a landscape design or recipe is the suggested phases. Usually homeowners cannot afford to implement the entire plan, so the design would offer affordable phases to be completed within one to two years.

plan2-c Landscape Plans include; plant key, phases (the sequence of implementation), lighting, materials and other notes specific to the project.

Some suggestions from a landscape designer could be installing deciduous trees with height that is proportionate to the home and within the southeast area providing shade during the hot summer days. Tall evergreen plant material could be installed on the northwest side of the home to act as a wind break from cold winter wind. If you plan to sell your home in the near future it is a good idea to install 75% evergreen plant material in the front foundation bed. This ensures your residence will have curb appeal during any month the home goes on the market.

A good landscape design should incorporate family wants and needs, provide year round interest, address existing site conditions and apply design elements and principals for an aesthetic and livable landscape.

Come meet Landscape Designer Diana Digs Dirt at 414-B State Street in Greensboro Thursday-Saturday from 11-3:30 or she can be reached at 392.4031.

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Favorite Flowering Shrubs for Greensboro

I have several favorites and Limelight Hydrangea and Wine and Roses Weigela are two of them. In order to make the list of favorites I look at overall form, length of bloom, pest problems,water requirements and general maintenance.

For larger properties, Limelight Hydrangea is a must have in the landscape.

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Limelight Hydrangeas grow to 8 feet around in part sun and prefer some shade from afternoon sun. Chartreuse cone-shaped blooms fill the plant in mid-summer and remain on the shrub until autumn when the color changes to a pinkish rose. If planted in good composted soil, once established, requires minimal water during dry periods. It makes a great specimen plant or hedge. This shrub is mostly pest free,  but if insects are noticed, just spray them with a powerful dose of water.

Wine and Roses Weigela is a smaller shrub growing 4-5 feet around with great impact. It blooms from April to June with deep fuchsia pink flowers that hummingbirds love. When planted in full sun the foliage retains its deep purple coloration and is a pest free plant. The stunning foliage combines well when planted adjacent to light green colored plants like Emerald n Gold Euonymous or Golden Barberry.

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This shrub has a round upright growing habit and works well towards the rear of a perennial bed or in a mixed shrub border.

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cornerstone-garden1 Visit Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt 414-B State St from Thursday through Saturday 11-3:30. Diana is a certified landscape designer providing landscape plans, installations and consultations.

 

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Do You Mow for Hours?

Are You Mowing 3 or More Hours Every Week?

Properties in the Triad’s Southeast region are rather expansive and may tie up several hours per week to mow. With yearly drought threats, hot sun, and heavy clay soil, homeowners may feel captive by their lawn areas each weekend. These large green or brown areas have potential to burst with color, help with erosion and attract butterflies and hummingbirds, while freeing up valuable weekends for rest and relaxation. Now is the perfect time to start your drought tolerate garden.

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Some deciduous perennials for the hassle-free gardens are; ratibida, vervain, black eyed susan, gaura, daylily, aster, wine cups, blanket flower, ice plant, bee balm, russian sage, artemesia, baptisia, agastache, hyssop, catnip, red hot poker, grasses, penstemon, mint, coneflower, jewel of opar, daisy, yarrow, coreopsis, caryopteris, joe-pye weed, butterfly weed, plumbago, spotted dead nettle, and globe thistle.

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These are perfect evergreen perennials including; prostrate sedums, lavender, rosemary, creeping or upright thyme, santolina, creeping phlox, creeping raspberry and wintercreeper

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With this palate of drought tolerant plants, make sure to incorporate some evergreen perennials for winter interest and place taller plants towards the middle or back of the new beds. Before the planting begins, take time to till the soil or dig the hole twice the size of the plant’s container to ensure a good root system and topdress with mulch. Next year you can divide your plants and increase the maintenance free and drought tolerate gardens.

Come visit Diana Digs Dirt-Landscape Designer at Cornerstone Garden 414-B State Street from Thursday-Saturday 11-3:30 if not raining or snowing and lets talk low maintenance. Or reach me at 392.4031

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Posted by on February 23, 2013 in Greensboro Gardens, Low Maintenance

 

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Landscape Stone Lasts Forever

Unmortared stone used in walkways, patios, edging or as steppers should be dense, at least 1 ½ inch thick and set within a tamped base of stone screenings. Taking these measures will ensure a stable under footing. If the stone is set on soil alone, over time they will sink due to decomposition.

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Pennsylvania Bluestone and Tennessee Craborchard are two types of stone very dense in nature. This is important because of freezing and thawing which cause other types of stone to break and flake when used as flooring or on the ground. Pennsylvania Bluestone comes in shades of blue and pallets can be selected with more mauve, blue or green striations within the stone. Tennessee Craborchard stone contains colors of beige, brown, pink, mauve and rust. Again, pallets can be selected with the preferred color striations.

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When choosing the stone, keep in mind the color of your home, other outbuildings, and color of adjacent flowers to create a harmonious landscape. Stone can also be used in conjunction with brick to create a more formal landscape. There are several different cuts of stone, for example; tumbled, which provides a soft rounded edge, irregular provides random edges, cut stone is sawed with a blade for a straight edge and lastly the flamed edge provides a rustic textured edge after the stone has been sawed into its desired shapes.

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There are two options for filling in the joints after stone has been set; addition of another finer stone grade or installing creeping plants. Some suggestions for dry sunny areas are; sedum acre, georgia blue veronica or wooly thyme. Ideas for shady areas are; corsican mint, scotch moss, ajuga or leptinella.

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Stone will enhance your landscapes creating functionality.

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Stop on by Cornerstone Garden by Diana Digs Dirt to meet designer Diana. Thursday-Saturday 11-3:30 if not snowing or raining, 414-B State Street in Greensboro. Let’s talk stone!

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