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Easter plants can last for years, don't trash them

Written by Doug Oster on .

Easter LilyEaster lilies can be planted and enjoyed outdoors for many years. Photo by Doug Oster

Lilies are just one of the plants used as traditional Easter gifts, but certainly the most popular.

Hydrangeas, daffodils and other spring bulbs also fit the bill. But there’s no reason to toss them after the holiday, all these plants will be happy in the garden and return season after season.

The hydrangeas need the most thought when planting. Hopefully the plant you received is hardy, many are. There's really no choice when trying to save the plant. It needs to go outside, only time will tell if it lasts the winter. Improve the soil with compost and find a site with morning sun and afternoon shade if it’s available. When winter comes, surround the plant with burlap supported by wooden stakes. The covering protects the buds from freezing.

The lilies can be planted as soon as the flowers fade. They need good soil, improved with organic matter. Easter lilies are forced to bloom early for the holiday, but when planted outside, they will bloom the next summer.

The spring bulbs are easier to plant, when choosing the site be sure to find a place that will dry out in the summer. Even though fall is the best time to plant bulbs, these plants should go in the ground as soon as they are done blooming. One cool thing I found at nurseries around the area were daffodils planted from bulbs that weren’t sold last year. There are some really cool varieties and I love seeing them bloom before I plant them. They'll bloom next spring with all the other daffodils.

Don't let cool plants go to waste, use them in the garden.

 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoffs Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets

-They're ready for Game 3 in Columbus:

-Brian Gibbons is day to day due to a suspected shoulder injury.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Paul Martin and Chris Kunitz speak:

-Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno ("lower body") was given medical clearance to return to the lineup while there was no update on defenseman Fedor Tyutin's ("upper body") status.

-"The last time we played a regular-season game there, it was probably 60 percent Penguins fans." - Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson on the amount of Penguins fans who usually show up at Nationwide Arena.

-“In the big scheme of things, we’re still a relatively younger franchise. Everybody loves a winner, and (Pittsburgh) has done a lot of winning. But I appreciate (Penguins fans) finding tickets, because we’ll take their cabbage and use it in a good place, keep building and get more fans,” he said. “I see great things happening here. As we get better and better, just watch.” - Blue Jackets president John Davidson on Penguins fans buying tickets at Nationwide Arena.

-“For our fans, it’s been 14 years and they haven’t seen a playoff victory. To be able to go back to Columbus now tied 1-1 with the momentum we have, it’s a great feeling.” - Blue Jackets forward Ryan Johansen.

-We're a few days late with this, but here's Hockey Night in Canada's opening montage for Game 2:

-After the Jump: The Flyers and Bruins tie their series and a suspension for Brent Seabrook.

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Fracker Lover

Written by Rob Rogers on .

One thing Tom Corbett and his democratic challengers have in common is that they're all running campaigns that focus on fracking. Corbett is touting himself as a fracking job creator and the dems are criticizing him for not taking economic advantage of the drilling boom. 

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Empty Netter Assists - 04-20-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Playoff Stuff
Penguins - Blue Jackets

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "We kind of shot ourselves in the foot and let them back into it." - Matt Niskanen.

-The Columbus Dispatch's recap. The Blue Jackets earned the first postseason win in franchise history.

-The Associated Press' recap. "We have to be better. That's really, I think, the bottom line. Right on through, whether it's special teams or 5-on-5 we have to be better." - Sidney Crosby.

-Highlights:

-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Brian Gibbons > Columbus' Sergei Bobrovsky and James Wisniewsk:

-Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky got the drop on Paul Martin:

-Marc-Andre Fleury had to jump out of the way of Columbus' Cam Atkinson:

-Columbus' Derek MacKenzie didnt' seem to care for the presence of Rob Scuderi:

-Bobovsky snagged this puck:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-Niskanen speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-"Overtime, the game is right there for you. It's not hard to stay focused. You've just got to try to execute." - Craig Adams on playing playoff overtime.

-"Every year, I watched the NHL playoffs I dreamed of being the hero in overtime." - Blue Jackets forward Matt Calvert on his overtime goal.

-Welcome back Blue Jackets forward R.J. Umberger.

-“He’s the Bob when we need him to be the Bob." - Blue Jackets forward Artem Ansimov on Bobrovsky.

-"I'm sure there's a lot of people in Columbus right now that are very happy to see where this has gotten to. But like coach has said, this is one win. We want a playoff series. We want four [wins]." - Blue Jackets forward and former Penguin Mark Letestu.

-After the Jump: A dazzling but brutal game in St. Louis. and Milan Lucic is takes responbility..

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Immigration Trap

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The Republicans in Congress keep talking about immigration because they know how important it is to get some sort of reform passed. At the same time, they refuse to work with Obama because that would violate their "do nothing with Obama" policy. 

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