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Grammys fashion recap: Elegance trumps extremes

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

Those who look to the Grammy Awards as a spectacle for the bizarre, peculiar and beyond might have been a bit disappointed by Sunday night's red carpet parade in Los Angeles. Instead of going for extremes, the majority of celebrities who turned out for the mega night of music exercised elegance in their fashion choices. 

Armani, Valentino and Gucci were among the designers they donned, rivaling the stature of style typically spotted on red carpets with higher stakes of sophistication, such as the Oscars or the Emmys.

Check out some of the standout looks of the night below. Do you have a favorite? (Photos courtesy of Associated Press)

Grammys AliciaKeys

Alicia Keys


Grammys Bonnie

Bonnie McKee


Grammys Colbie

Colbie Caillat


Grammys KatyPerry

Katy Perry


Grammys ParisHilton

Paris Hilton


Grammys Pink

Pink


Grammys Skyler

Skylar Grey


Grammys TaylorSwift

Taylor Swift

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Elderly couple took a photo every year in their garden

Written by Doug Oster on .

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This is pretty amazing. A couple took a photo once a year in their garden. Be sure to check out the last photo at this link.

 

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Grants available for community gardens and green spaces. Deadline 2/17/14.

Written by Doug Oster on .

GRO1000 Grassroots Grant Application Process

in Support of Community Gardens and Green Spaces

 Program Enters Fourth Year of Funding Local Greenscape Projects

Applications are now being accepted for the GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award program. These grants support community green space development. Grants are awarded to deserving not-for-profit civic organizations across the country and are part of a larger commitment ScottsMiracle-Gro has made to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, the company’s 150th anniversary. To date, 406 community projects have been impacted by GRO1000.

The GRO1000 Grassroots Grant application for 2014 is available online at:

http://www.GroGood.com/GiveBackToGro/Gro1000/Grassroots

Submission Deadline: February 17, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EST 

(Grants, that range from $500 to $1,500, are awarded based on community need, scope of project and long-term sustainability of the green space.)

In conjunction with the grant application period, ScottsMiracle-Gro has launched Gro & Chat, an online community dedicated exclusively to the community garden movement. Gro & Chat (Gro-Chat.com) was developed as a free online resource to support those who have a passion for community gardening, including previous and potential GRO1000 Grassroots Grants award recipients. To learn more about Gro & Chat and to join the community, visit www.Gro-Chat.com.

 
 
About GRO1000
Plant a Row for the Hungry and the Garden Writers Association are partners in the ScottsMiracle-Gro GRO1000 initiative to celebrate outdoor living by bringing community gardens and greenspaces to economically challenged communities. Other partners include: The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Gardening Association, Franklin Park Conservatory and Plant a Row • Grow a Row. GRO1000 supports ScottsMiracle-Gro's philanthropic strategy of "Give Back to Gro".

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Beat the winter blues by growing succulents in cool containers

Written by Doug Oster on .

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Had enough of winter? I have, so I'm planting things indoors to enjoy until the weather finally breaks.

I found these cool containers for succulents at Chapon's Greenhouse in Baldwin.

Here's segment all about how to grow them from Pittsburgh Today Live.

 

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Signs of spring at seven degrees, singing woodpecker makes this gardener happy

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog red belly 123In this photo you can see how the red-bellied woodpecker gets its name. Photo by Doug Oster

As the sun peaked above the horizon this morning, I heard the first sounds of spring as I walked the dogs.

It's hard to focus on anything but winter when it's seven degrees out. That is, until I heard the shrill and distinct call of the red-bellied woodpecker for the first time this year.

Regardless of the temperature, I had to smile, and stood out there for 15 minutes listening to the beautiful bird searching for a mate.

Every spring it seems I hear the red-bellied as I begin the first gardening chores of spring. I imagine the bird following me around, letting me know it's there by occasionally singing in the adjoining forest. The bird is my planting companion and I'm happy to have it flying around the garden.

Yes, spring is a long way off, but if you listen carefully in the morning, you'll hear more and more new bird calls. They know the days are getting longer and their songs tell us it's just a matter of time until we're back in the garden.

You can hear the red-bellied woodpecker's call here.

 

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