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On Gardening: Fuzzy deutzia, a cascade of showy spring flowers

A deutzia renaissance is how my friend Dr. Gerald Klingaman, retired horticulturist, with the University of Arkansas, wrote about this new love that is occurring for this fuzzy heirloom that has been around for ages. If you haven't discovered the old-fashioned fuzzy deutzia, then make it a high priority, your landscape deserves it.

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Style at Home: Designer beds: 6 looks to wow you

I love being a part of a small, locally owned store, with all the freedom and opportunities that provides for us to let our creativity run wild. At the big chain home interiors stores, the look is dictated by the corporate office, but our designers are always experimenting, keeping our store fresh and new. To fuel their fires, I issued a Designers Challenge, asking each designer to create her dream bed for spring. Not surprisingly, their work blew me away and illustrated how to bring your personality and interests to life through bedding. Take a look ...

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How to be a better flower photographer

When photographing flowers, go for the close-up. Lean in to allow the flower to fill the frame, watching that your camera (or, more likely, smartphone) doesn't cast a shadow over your subject. If possible, stand above the flower and shoot down into its petals, focusing on the bloom's center.

Videos

How to take better flower photos with your phone

Author and photographer Carolyn Parker shares tips for getting beautiful results shooting flowers with your phone and natural light.
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How to take better flower photos with your phone

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