26 Create yard art

first_imgBy Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaAs you do your spring cleaning this year, don’t be too quick totoss away old items. They could make for quirky outdoor gardenfeatures. Volume XXXINumber 1Page 26 University of Georgia specialists say home flower gardens canbecome new homes for old, neglected items. And the would-be junkbecomes yard art.Heirloom gardens are typically full of plants reminiscent ofgardens from the Old South. What better, more creative way tolabel your selections than with china plate name markers?Other yard art ideas include using an old wheelbarrow or woodenchest as a planter. A brass headboard from an old bedroom suitemay seem useless, but in a flower garden it becomes an attractiveminifence or clear indication of a flower bed.If you can’t find odds and ends to perk up your flower gardens,UGA experts suggest turning to colors or scents for unique gardenideas. You can easily plant a patriot garden with red, white andblue flowers. Or put in a fragrant garden by selecting flowerswhose scents you enjoy.Gardening by heartDesign a memorial garden by installing plants in a heart-shapeddesign. As a tribute, select plants that were your loved one’sfavorites.If water’s in short supply in your landscape, consider installinga xeriscape garden. Xeriscape gardens typically include plantsthat require less water and are more drought-resistant. Placingthe garden near your downspout will allow rainwater to be used asa water source.To put rainwater to further use, install a rain garden.Rain gardens are designed to capture and absorb storm waterrunoff. Most of this water runs off hard surfaces like sidewalks,driveways and roofs.Rain-garden plants must be able to survive flooding for 48 hours.They must also be able to tolerate prolonged periods of dryweather, too, and even drought.Research, Education GardenTo get up-close and personal flower gardening ideas, visit theUGA Research and Education Garden in Griffin, Ga. At the garden,homeowners can see several theme gardens, including the new raingarden.Other theme gardens on the site include children’s, herb,xeriscape, rock, water, butterfly, heirloom, turf, native plantand antique rose gardens.Admission to the R&E Garden is free. It’s open from May throughSeptember from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5p.m. Sundays. For more information on the garden, call (770)467-6012. Or see the garden’s Web site at www.griffin.edu/garden.To see creative yard art and memorial and heirloom gardens, visitthe teaching garden on the grounds of the Senior Citizens Centerat 1001 Univeter Road in Canton, Ga.The garden was installed by UGA Master Gardeners in CherokeeCounty, Ga. For directions, call the Cherokee County CooperativeExtension Office at (770) 479-0421.For more gardening ideas, see the UGA Georgia Center for UrbanAgriculture Web site at www.ugagarden.com.(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

19-year-old offered police job after turning in $135K found on side of road

first_imgAccording to KRQE, 19-year-old José Nuñez Romaniz went to a Wells Fargo ATM to get money to buy socks for his grandfather when he found a clear bag with $135K inside.Romaniz did the right thing and called the 1-800 number on the ATM and then the police.It turns out the Wells Fargo subcontractor tasked with filling the ATM left the cash out by accident.Due to his honesty, the Albuquerque Police Chief invited Romaniz to apply for a job as a public safety officer while he’s in school. Romaniz is currently studying criminal justice at Central New Mexico Community College, and he hopes to pursue a career in law enforcement.The college student also received a $500 check from New Mexico electricity provider PNM, a gift card from a local restaurant, season tickets to the University of New Mexico Lobos football games and a signed football by former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher from ESPN radio.,According to KRQE, 19-year-old José Nuñez Romaniz went to a Wells Fargo ATM to get money to buy socks for his grandfather when he found a clear bag with $135K inside.Romaniz did the right thing and called the 1-800 number on the ATM and then the police.It turns out the Wells Fargo subcontractor tasked with filling the ATM left the cash out by accident.Due to his honesty, the Albuquerque Police Chief invited Romaniz to apply for a job as a public safety officer while he’s in school. Romaniz is currently studying criminal justice at Central New Mexico Community College, and he hopes to pursue a career in law enforcement.The college student also received a $500 check from New Mexico electricity provider PNM, a gift card from a local restaurant, season tickets to the University of New Mexico Lobos football games and a signed football by former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher from ESPN radio. An Albuquerque, New Mexico teen who found a bag filled with $135,000 in cash has been offered a potential police job.last_img read more