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Q: We moved into a new home this month and one of our new neighbors has several tropical-looking plants in their front yard that have been putting on an eye-catching flower display. The flowers appear in clusters and range in color from yellow to red. What is the name of this plant? Is it to…

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Meet Ikea, an affectionate and playful cat that was abandoned in an apartment and found herself in our care. With such an awesome personality, we couldn’t believe she would be considered “disposable.” Her piercing golden eyes against her white coat are absolutely stunning, and she’s “saddled…

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Sweet Nala (A013192) is a Domestic Short Hair with a brown tabby coat. She is a proper tabby girl with a Mackerel pattern and “M” on her forehead. Nala is a little over a year old and on the small side. She is friendly, outgoing and loves attention. Check out her big intense eyes and the ple…

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Martha is a female hound mix who is super sweet and friendly. She’d do great with an active family or individual. Martha would love to go for a walk or play ball with you! Look she’s ready to go! If you’re interested in adopting Martha, come on by Friendswood Animal Control at 3000 W. Parkwo…

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Q: I recently bought an older home and need help in identifying a large shrub that is producing abundant and large clusters of pea-shaped flowers that are bright red. There are small thorns on the stems. Can you identify this shrub?

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I commonly hear from gardeners who complain that grass won’t grow under a tree no matter what they do. When I mention that the shade created by the tree is the likely problem, the typical, and understandable, response is that grass always grew there before.

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June signals the start of the summer season. As I am preparing this column, rain clouds are moving into the area. While we are not in a severe drought situation, most gardeners have started to provide supplemental irrigation to plants and are hopeful for rainfall.

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Have you been looking for an easy-to-grow tropical tree that is sure to make your landscape a tropical paradise? Consider adding a plumeria tree (also known as frangipani tree) to the warmer areas of your yard. Plumeria is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and delightful plants grown in …

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April is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoor garden. Many citrus trees are in full bloom and azaleas are nearing the end of their spring bloom season. Trees are putting out their new foliage that is such a delicate green.

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Although mulch is not particularly glamorous, it can be your best friend. It can be used in a variety of locations to help with weed control and to help save water.

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Again this year, pet lovers have a choice: Take your pet and participate in the 19th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade or enjoy watching all the frivolity and festivities at the second annual “A Cat’s Eye View” Parade from the balcony of the Jockusch Building, 2025 Strand St., in Galveston.

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Producer Harvey Weinstein knew he had something good back at the 2015 Cannes film festival, where he showed raw footage of “Lion” to select journalists.

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Spring in Galveston always offers an outstanding array of flowering trees and shrubs. Currently on display are orchid trees (Bauhinia). All around the island you can see small trees covered with large pink to purple or white blossoms. We lost a number of these to Hurricane Ike but they seem …

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The Brigadoon Brewery and Brew School only appears once a year at the Texas Renaissance Festival. It was born from Alan and Linda Ward’s desire to bring their love of brewing beer and love of the Texas Renaissance Festival together.

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The Master Gardeners’ Annual Fall Plant Sale was held last Saturday. Even though it is a plant sale, visitors are welcome to bring samples of plants for problem diagnosis or identification. They took me and Master Gardener volunteers up on the invitation. Following is a sampling of questions asked:

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I read Shannon Daughtry’s article “Water, waves and memories bring surfers back to island” (The Daily News, Sept. 13), and it brought back old cherished memories of my surfing around Murdoch’s Pier on 23rd Street and Seawall Boulevard.

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I do not like the shorter day lengths as September comes to an end and October nears. However, the cooler (more or less, depending on the week) daytime temperatures over the autumn season sure soothe my displeasure with shorter day lengths.

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The Master Gardner 2015 Fall Plant Sale is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday Oct. 10 in Carbide Park located at 4102 Main Street in La Marque. I feel I am mimicking some television commercials in stating that the upcoming sale will be new and different. Even so, the sale will really be different in many aspects.

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The Louisiana iris continues to be a popular plant in local landscapes. Despite their common name, Louisiana irises are grown in much of the United States and even in Canada and other parts of the world.

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It’s been six years since Pat Green released his most recent collection of original songs, but that doesn’t mean he ever stopped playing music. 

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Director Jonathan Demme is as unpredictable as when his film “Silence of the Lambs” took best picture at the Oscars by surprise in 1992.

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The Dog Days of August will be arriving very soon. Daytime temperatures have already danced around the century mark during the last week of July so there is no need to remind you that August is the peak of the heat season in Galveston County.

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We visited the Niigata City Aquarium Marinepia Nihonkai just after lunch one day. It is just off the Sea of Japan on the coast in Niigata. The aquarium exhibits some 500 species of marine creatures (and thousands of specimens total).

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Rosenberg Library is pleased to announce that “The Ice Merchant,” by Paul Boor is its selection for the Summer 2015 Museum Book Club Series. “The Ice Merchant” is the second book by Dr. Paul Boor, a professor of pathology at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. It was the fir…

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Weeds in the landscape. Weeds in the vegetable garden. Just about every gardener has their own weed or army of weeds to disparage or groan about.

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ROSSLIN, SCOTLAND - Enigmatically decorated Rosslyn Chapel here is testament to literature and film’s tsunami power. In a 1987 guidebook, it rated a single paragraph. Before the 2003 novel “The Da Vinci Code,” and the 2006 movie, the chapel, seven miles from Edinburgh, had about 30,00 visito…

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This is an important book because it asks us to confront the possibility of a society in which books are banned, where firemen do not put out fires but burn books and houses and people who dare to want to explore the possibilities of a life of learning. It was written over 60 years ago by sc…

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Question: Can you identify a plant I have seen        growing in several local landscapes? It started blooming near the end of May and it’s still putting on an eye-catching flower display. The flower heads are round, baseball-size and produced on long slender stalks and the individual flower…

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As every flower lover knows, flowers have a language of their own. From time immemorial, sentiments of various kinds have been associated with particular flowers.

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Q: Did the overabundance of cloudy days this spring effect the growth of vegetables? How much light is lost on a cloudy day?