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03.07 20130

4th of July at Morgan Creek Vineyards

Alabama has some really fun places to visit, especially during summer. Alabama is at its best when the sun is shining, the berries are ready to pick, and the bees are buzzing about. If you have some time and are looking for something fun to do, I recommend checking out Morgan Creek Winery in Harpersville. morgan creek winery   Best of all, they're open for the 4th of July, and their website says they're going to be doing it up in style: BBQ, fireworks, live music, wine tours, and wine tastings to celebrate the holiday! Stuart McNair will be performing solo from 5 PM to 6PM tomorrow. , bringing guests an irresistible sound of Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and Louisiana traditions for a joyous live show. Follow the link for McNair's music to get a preview of what you can expect tomorrow.  

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Even if you've already got plans for the 4th, there's plenty of reason to visit Morgan Creek Winery at ano don't go out tomorrow, there are a lot of fun things to do at Morgan Creek Winery on other days. The lady that answered the phone said that blueberries have been in season for about two weeks, and should be good for picking for about four more. Picking your own is $12/gallon or $7/half-gallon.

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gallon buckets of blueberries

There are wine tastings and tours, and in the fall there's a Grape Stomp. The wines they offer are unique, including muscadine, peach and blueberry varietals: Cahaba White, Noble, Vulcan Red, Red Mountain Red, Magnolia, Blush, Carlos, Regal Red, Blueberry and Peach wines. Try them out and bring home your favorite for your own use or entertaining guests. You'll be supporting a great family local business, too.  You'll be glad you visited.

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No matter how you spend the day, I hope you and yours have a Happy 4th of July! Be safe out there!

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29.05 20130

Succulents

By: Renee Categories:The Garden

Even if you have a black thumb, you can probably grow a succulent! Succulents are neat little plants that don't require a lot of attention or cost. To be a succulent, a plant needs to have fleshy, water storing organs. Most people recognize the most commonly used succulents: aloes, jade plants, and cacti. You've probably seen lots of other interesting succulents at your local nursery. Renee Lilly's succulents

Care for succulents is fairly simple. The hot Alabama summers are just fine for succulents. They love the sun, but just like us, they can get sunburned if they are overexposed to the sun. Pick a place that has lots of light but gets shade part of the day. The afternoon sun is especially brutal, so pay attention to how the light falls on any outdoor plants.  They actually prefer poor soil because they are adapted to the desert. Choose sandy soil that drains well, so that when you water them, they don't get waterlogged. Over-watering is the biggest cost of succulent failure, so make sure to err on the side of under-watering.  Once a week should be fine in the summer, once a month in the winter. These plants come in a variety of leaf sizes, colors, and different textures, so they can be a great outlet for your creative side!  Some people create rock gardens devoted to these little wonders. Pots of succulent gardens have such great visual interest, and are really inexpensive to create on your own. Personalizing the project makes it so much more fun, too!Vertical garden at Lilly Designs, a Design Resource Some of you have seen this wall in front of my store front for Lilly Designs. The project turned out so beautifully. There's a lot of information on the web on how to create your own vertical succulent garden. We used marine board, plywood, chicken wire, dirt, and sand to create this living work of art that I'm proud of. I hope it inspires you to buy a few succulents of your own and experiment!   Reneesig    

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01.03 20120

Outdoor Design at the American Red Cross Designer Show House

The outdoor rooms at the American Red Cross Designer Show House exemplify the options for outdoor spaces by combining landscaping and interior design.  

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