Get in the garden
March is the perfect time to start working on your spring gardening plans. Spring into action this month with a few tips for March from Pike Nurseries. 12630 N. Community House Road, Ballatyne.www.pikenursery.com
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PRUNE CAMELLIAS: If needed, prune camellias after blooming is complete, and then feed them with Azalea Camellia and Gardenia Food. FERTILIZE SHRUBS AND TREES: Fertilize trees, shrubs and ground cover when new growth starts to appear. Wait to fertilize spring-blooming trees and shrubs until just after they finish blooming. STRAWBERRIES: Plant strawberry plants and enjoy them all spring! DIVIDE PERENNIALS: Divide perennials as needed before new growth advances too much. PRUNE BUTTERFLY BUSHES: Cut back butterfly bushes to one-third the size you want them to become this summer. GARDENIAS: Check gardenias for whiteflies. Use insecticidal soap to control. FERTILIZE BULBS: Fertilize spring-blooming bulbs with one pound of bulb food per 100 square feet of bed. SUMMER BULBS: For best selection, buy summer bulbs like gladiola, cannas, irises, dahlias and lilies. Wait until mid- to late April to plant. KUDZU: Spray poison ivy and kudzu vines with Roundup when the new leaves appear. PREPARE YOUR GARDEN BED: Prepare the soil for the summer garden. Be careful not to work the soil if it's too wet.
Keep it fresh
On March 17, may the luck of the Irish be with you! In the spirit of leprechauns, four leaf clovers and all things green, everyone will be rocking emerald from head to toe. This Saint Patrick’s Day think green, but smile white! With Super Smile’s Green Apple Professional Whitening Toothpaste, polish up those pearly whites after a night of drinking Guinness! $21.www.pikenursery.com
Can you dig it?
The Bogs Rue is the perfect slip-on garden shoe to get you on your feet, out the door and in the garden. These vivid shoes are crafted of 100 percent waterproof rubber with a non-slip and self-cleaning deep lug outsole. Experience all-day comfort even during the spring’s warmest weather, as the Rue’s Airmesh lining circulates air and increases breathability. $43.93. REI, Northlake Mall.
Elevate the mood
This dinnerware set is sure to enliven any party with its fun, bright, geometric design. The set’s contemporary look is easy on the eyes and a great way to updated your dinnerware collection. Labrynth Dinnerware Collection. Plates, set of 4, $39.80.www.zgallerie.com
Students stop and reflect
Like most coffee table art books, “Davidson Collects: 100 Writers Respond to Art” features page after page of high-quality reproductions of works by big-name artists: from Delacroix to Rodin, from Picasso to Warhol, from Munch to Dali. But instead of pairing those images with essays by experienced art critics and scholars, “Davidson Collects” takes a unique approach to writing on art. Last spring Van Hillard, the director of Davidson College’s writing program, asked 100 students from the liberal arts college to write about their unfiltered, emotional reactions to works of art from Davidson’s permanent collection. The students spent one-on-one time with the pieces, thinking and reflecting, then worked with Hillard to write and revise their responses. The result should appeal to art connoisseurs and the uninformed-but-curious alike: a series of approachable, personal mini-essays by thoughtful non-experts who spent serious and intimate time with great works of art. “Davidson Collects: 100 Writers Respond to Art” is available from the Davidson College bookstore for $30. For details, contact Rosemary Gardner, Interim Director of the Van Every/Smith Galleries, email@example.com