modular system to replace wooden docks, these floating blocks can be interlocked to make any shape, can float over breaking waves and you
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The Candock modular floating device is a new dock system to replace wood, cement & steel docks... Looks like it could be pretty fun to ride
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The idea behind this Rice Krispies Lollipop Treat that you can make a regular batch of Rice Krispies Treats and quickly and easily make a special afternoon snack. You can make any shape you want using a cookie cutter, but the heart looks as sweet as it tastes. And, the shape – no matter what you decide to use – can be a great conversation starter with schoolkids of any age. For my little guy I said, “I love you very much. What did you love about school today?”
How many of you struggle to find a safety pad to make your hearth safe that will be functional and still look good. We can build a cushion for any shape you have, and it is not as much as you think.
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Straighten curl make waves turn heads. The Healthy Heat Ceramic Styling Iron features 100% solid ceramic plates that radiate far infrared heat and negative ion technology. Far infrared heat softens hair works to seal the hair s cuticle locks in moisture and gives the same silky glossy results you expect from a salon. The final result is incredibly shiny static-free no-frizz manageable hair with unlimited styling potential. The unique floating plates design allows for smooth straightening and styling without tugging or breaking the hair. Temperature control makes this a versatile tool for all hair types. By eva nyc $50.00
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You will be head over heels for these saucy little numbers! They will perfectly compliment any outfit for any occasion! Make sure to add these to your collection, they definitely are a must have! The features for these wedge boots include a faux suede upper with a strappy design and high polish buckle accents, apron stitched detailing, inner side zipper closure, round closed toe, faux wooden wrapped platform wedge, faux fur lining, and cushioned footbed. Approximately 5 1/2 inch wedge heels, 1 …
curl hair in mermaid waves, make two large messy/loose braids to connect around at the back of head. Now take the left side of your hair hanging beneath the braid and pull it over and then under to the right of the leftside braid. Viola! Now your hair sits prettily to the right, mermaid loose wonderfulness! You can do on left side if you like your hair to sit there more than the right side. (:
""Keeping the bridal party attire simple yet chic is the idea that many brides choose to follow on their wedding day. In such a case a dress like this is a great choice. It has a square neckline thin straps and a lovely tailored shape throughout. The knee-length skirt is very classy and the ornate ribbon sash in the midsection adds just the right amount of visual interest. So versatile you can accessorize it any way you like to make it your own.
Ready, set, EAT! Superbowl!!! Peanut Butter Truffles (left over ingredients from Christmas baking) just rolled into football shapes and the football stitching piped on. Recipie is from Paula Deen's 2010 Christmas magazine...can`t find it on-line to link. You could use any recipie for a `ball`, but just roll into a different shape!
This evening dress features its sweetheart and strapless design. Empire waist. Contemporary designed gown with a bit of traditional touch perfects any shapes in any kinds of ceremony. The romance pink color adds you more charm and attractive. Refined pleats detail adorned bodice with classic sweetheart neckline makes a graceful drape over the bust and accents the perfect shape of the slim waist. Smooth flowing dress with brush train inspiring the real romantic feeling. The custom-made service will make your dress completely perfect! Bring it home now; it will not let you down at the party!
This silver jacket has single breasted with two buttons detailed, besom front pockets. The matching pants have zip fly with hook-and-bar closure. Jacket, necktie, vest and pants are included. Make you slim. Searching for that perfect tuxedo that you can wear to any formal event? Your search is over. This will meet all your need. With exquisite material, fine cutting, first-hand design, fashionable, elegant and decent, so high quality is never a concern. $$141.99
Father's Day Goodie Bags These goodie bags are so easy to make and can be filled with treats, notes, or any kind of fun surprise for Daddy! Supplies: Brown paper lunch sacks Scrapbook paper Scissors Glue Tape Here's what you do: Using scrapbook paper, cut out a tie shape, and glue it onto your bag. (Before doing the next step, fill ,,,,,,,,,,, aint this the cutest gift bag ever!
Every girl dreams of being a princess on her wedding day. With a dress as fabulous as this, you can! It features a strapless bodice that is very fitted to your shape and extends over the hips. The A-line skirt flares out at the hips and is made from many gorgeous layers of ruffled organza. The skirt extends into a beautiful sweeping train in the back that moves graciously when you walk. The perfect choice for any princess bride!Product Details:-Made from organza-Strapless bodice-A-line skirt-Multi-tiered-Sweeping train-Available in sizes 2 to 26 in the colors shown in the chart below-Custom alterations are offered on this product for an additional fee.-Train Length:60cm
Are you upset which color is suitable for you when you prepare to go swimming? Wonderfully, there is a kind of color that not only fits anyone but also eternally fashion and charming. Yes, it is no doubt this mysterious color is the classical black. Thus, wearing this sexy black bikini swimwear will shape every inch of your body while make you look a beautiful star. With ruffles around the neck and chest, this unique skirts swimsuit is really the favorites of most women. Especially, the ruched hemline shows your feminine charming at any time anywhere.Built with nylon lets you feel comfortable and free like a fish in the water. Comfortable fabric also makes this bikini feature with good elasticity, abrasion resistance, non-absorbent good shrinkage and toughness. Matching with any of stylish swim bottoms or trendy sunglasses let your beauty can not be resisting. $$13.99
This beautiful Lolita-inspired dress will make you fall in love with the style all over again. It is made from a lovely white cotton and features wide straps with lace trim and a simple, yet lovely plain bodice. The strap have been accented with pretty heart shaped appliques and dainty bows. The A-line skirt has a very pretty shape and is made from several tiers of ruffled tulle-like fabric. Each tier is embellished with rows of the same heart shaped appliques and bows found on the straps. The back of the dress has a pretty sash that ties into a bow and a hidden zip closure. A simple, yet lovely dress for any Lolita-inspired fashion fan. $$59.99
There really is no way to go wrong with corsets. They are a versatile part of any wardrobe and can be coordinated easily with other items in your closet to create a number of different looks and styles. You can use them to create some very edgy and stylish looks as well as some very sexy ensembles. This one is used to demonstrate one of those edgy stylish looks. It is made from a nice tulle fabric and features pointed cups and a handy zip front closure. There is also boning in the seams to help the corset hold its shape as it holds your shape. The back of the corset features sexy straps that tie into lovely bows. This is a really unique corset and would make a nice addition to anyone's closet.
Corsets make a fantastic addition to any wardrobe. They are sexy, stylish and extremely versatile. They can be worn under suits, alone as lingerie or as tops themselves over a pair of slacks or jeans. We especially like the corset and jeans look. This one features a beautiful sweetheart neckline with dainty lace trim and a nice printed graphic of wings in the center. The wings have been accented with rhinestones, which create a lovely effect in the light. The bottom hem features more dainty lace trim and the lacings in the back ensure a great fit. What will you wear it with?
Completely smooth fabric is so light against the skin. Pick your top and bottom sizes separately to make the perfect bikini. Adjustable side ties with tunnel detail for more side coverage. Large area of white decreases the summer hot on sight but the interspersed yellow stripe increases the summer passion. Built with nylon lets you feel comfortable and free like a fish in the water. Comfortable fabric also makes this bikini feature with good elasticity, abrasion resistance, non-absorbent good shrinkage and toughness. Matching with any of stylish swim bottoms or trendy sunglasses let your beauty can not be resisting. Fashionable halter design can give prominence to your sexy collarbone and bust. The sliding tri bikini top has molded cups for great bust shape and support and ties at the neck and back. The matching bikini pant is skimpy with ties at the side. $$12.99
Our Eagle Pose Yoga Kit includes: Premium Honeydew Yoga Mat, with extra cushioning and a textured nonslip surface 2 Flower of Life Yoga Blocks, for added height, stability and support Organic Cotton Yoga Strap, which helps support a deeper stretch BackJoy Posture+, an ergonomic seat cushion that engages your core and improves posture Our Eagle Pose Yoga Set is built around our Premium Honeydew Yoga Mat, which provides the extra cushioning without sacrificing an ounce of performance. Made for demanding Ashtanga and power yogas, the extra thick mat supports your body while the textured, nonslip surface ensures a stable stance. 68"L x 24"W x 5mm. Add extra stability to your practice with 2 Flower of Life Yoga Blocks. Our foam blocks provide extra height, stability and support, and the embossed pattern adds extra traction. Used under hands, feet or your seat, our lightweight blocks ensure proper alignment and safely assist in deepening stretches. 9"W x 6"H x 4"D. Our Organic Cotton Yoga Strap also helps to make difficult poses more accessible and helps you deepen stretches over time. 8'L. To help you maintain proper posture and position off the mat, we’ve included the BackJoy Posture+. Engage your core muscles and improve your posture in any seat. Made with Backjoy’s Advanced Core Material, this seat support is perfect for meditation or the workplace. It tilts the hips upright for better posture as it cups your glute muscles, relieving pressure on your sit bones. Imported. $88.00
25 Manners Kids Should Know #1: When asking for something, say "Please." #2: When receiving something, say "Thank you." #3: Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking. #4: If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation. #5: When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later. #6: The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults. #7: Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome. #8: When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are. #9: When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had. #10: Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering. #11: When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling. #12: Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect. #13: Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant. #14: Don't call people mean names. #15: Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel. #16: Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best. #17: If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me." #18: Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public. #19: As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else. #20: If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new. #21: When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile. #22: When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers! #23: Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do. #24: Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary. #25: Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.
Materials- leaf template;scissors;cardstock;pencil;old book, pages removed;craft glue;24 gauge floral wire,cut to 5 in lengths;pressed real leaves;20 gauge floral wire;brown floral tape;1/8 in tan quilling paper;acorn caps;hot glue gun & glue sticks;ribbon for bow. Step 1- print leaf template on cardstock & cut out. Trace the leaf shape on a page from the book; roughly trim the paper around the leaf shape. Step 2- apply craft glue to the back of the leaf shape. Place a 5 in length of wire on a 2nd page from the book, then place the leaf shape glue side down over it, sandwiching the wire between the papers. The wire should be centered on the stem of the leaf & half the wire emerging from the stem. Allow glue to dry, then carefully cut out the leaf shape with scissors. Repeat to make 45-50 leaves. Step 3- bundle 3-5 leaves & twist the wires together (you can add wires to real pressed leaves & incorporate them in the paper leaf bundles if desired) Step 4- to make a wreath form cut a 47 in lenth of 20 gauge wire, fold in half & twist. Shape twisted wire into a horseshoe then wrap with brown floral tape. Step 5- Starting @ 1 end of the wreath form & working toward middle attach bundles of leaves with floral tape, repeat for other side. Step 6- to make acorns, tightly roll 1/8 in quilling paper into a flat disk. Use thumb to push the center of the disk outward, forming into a cup shape. Rub the inside with craft glue to secure the shape. Apply hot glue to the inside of the quilled cup & adhere to an acorn cap. Use hot glue to attach acorns to wreath. Step 7- tie bow on the top center of wreath
High-energy kicks meet stretch-your-limits downward dog in this exhilarating yet easy-to-learn synergy of authentic Japanese and Korean martial arts, power yoga and meditation. The body-mind method passionately endorsed and practiced by some of today's most high-profile celebrities and Olympic gold-medal winning athletes and featured in Shape and Self magazines, Budokon® will be the first workout in years to surprise you. In a single 40-minute workout, get the effects of high intensity, low impact total-body cardio plus strength training, yoga and mental-focus techniques. Create lean muscle without bulk...and feel invincible. Cameron Shayne has crafted a system that will change how you think about power. This is genuine martial arts - with smarter body mechanics and deeper substance than any fusion-workout fad - rejoined in an ingenious flow with the practices that make your power more than physical. Cameron is vivid, unexpected and affecting. His never-too-serious energy puts you at ease while his expert technique inspires you. Feel yourself giving 100% of your mental energy and spirit and focusing your power as with no other workout. DVD includes long and short workouts plus a step-by-step pose guide. Recommended props: fitness mat, yoga brick. 70 minutes. $14.98
How To Clean Burnt Pans
1 cup of vinegar
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1 cup of water (give or take depending on the size of your pan)
A burnt stainless steel pan that was left empty and unattended on a heated hot plate. oops!.
1. Fill the bottom of the pan with a layer of water.
2. Add the vinegar.
3. Bring the pan to the boil. It should be looking a bit cleaner already.
4. Remove the pan from the heat and add the baking soda. Expect fizz!
5. Empty the pan and scour as normal, if necessary add an extra bit of dry baking soda.
6. If there are any super stubborn marks that don't come off with scouring, make a paste of baking soda and a couple of drops of water. Leave the paste on the marks for a while and return to clean as normal.
7. Tad-ah! Now you can put your feet up and enjoy the many hours you saved yourself standing over the sink.
DATE A GIRL WHO READS
by Rosemarie Urquico
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes.
World’s first true Wireless TENS for back pain Drug-free pain relief 110mA intensity output, higher than most other portable TENS units Easy to use without any complex settings to learn or adjust No lead wires, bulky wraps or belts Portable and convenient for travel Thin, lightweight and flexible design contours to the back for a perfect fit Reusable, replaceable gel pads leave no sticky residue As powerful as a professional unit FDA approved Our Wireless TENS Healing System is the first wireless remote controlled pain relief device using TENS technology to target lower back pain. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) is a non-invasive and drug-free method of controlling pain by sending electrical stimulation to the body’s nerve or muscle fibers through the skin. TENS helps to suppress the transmission of pain in nerves while increasing levels of endorphins, which reduce sensitivity to pain. The advanced design maximizes energy use, delivering you over 150 30-minute lower back treatment sessions per battery life. The thin, lightweight and flexible design makes this wireless system almost undetectable under clothing and is so comfortable you’ll forget you’re even wearing it. Easy to put on by yourself, and no complicated programming required. The wireless remote controls intensity level and power with just three simple buttons; automatically shuts off after each 30-minute session. Includes five pair of gel pads, which create a strong adhesion to the skin; each gel pad can be used multiple times. Pads remove easily from your skin without leaving a sticky residue. Includes healing system, remote control, five pair of reusable gel pads, batteries (two AAA, one lithium coin CR2032), quick start guide, user manual, screwdriver and storage box. Made in the USA. $149.00
Delivers Natural Spectrum® light to your home or office Cues your body’s own energy enhancers to make you more alert and productive Designed with a more compact shape and smaller footprint for maximum convenience Provides even, natural light – unlike LED systems with pinpoints of harsh light 30 minutes a day can make a difference in your “winter blues.” Combats jet lag and the effects of shift work Customize your light therapy for maximum comfort and benefit Interchangeable high-energy and comfort lenses give you control over light intensity High/low intensity control provides additional light customization Tilt feature allows user mobility without compromising therapy benefits No tools required for lens changes, bulb changes or other adjustments Wall-mount option Kit includes replacement bulb Say “goodbye” to the winter blues with our HappyLight Liberty Energy Lamp Kit! If you suffer from a lack of energy, feel depressed and find your motivation waning, the solution may be more natural light. Balanced Natural Spectrum Light, comparable to daylight, has been scientifically shown to combat the tiredness and low mood associated with the winter blues and the effects of shift work or jet lag. Natural Spectrum Light cues the body’s natural energy enhancers and recalibrates it natural cycles to reduce sluggishness and lethargy and improve focus and concentration. No two people view and react to light in the same way, so this energy lamp provides the flexibility to customize the light to meet your needs. High/low intensity controls, interchangeable lenses and a tilt feature give you maximum flexibility to design the program that works best for you. A broad field of up to 10,000 LUX of light provides a more flexible program, allowing you to be farther from the lamp and to move around more freely during use. Includes one additional replacement bulb (bulbs last up to 10,000 hours). 13"H x 6½"W x 2"D; 2 lb. China. Gift wrap not available. $104.00
Birthday Party Cowboy Cutouts Martha Stewart: These fun and simple cutouts add instant charm to any party. And, you can easily tailor them to any party theme. In addition to making a cowboy, try making clowns, animals, or superheroes. Then, frame pictures of your favorite cowboy or cowgirl using a a "Wanted" poster clip art or parchment paper clip art. Tools and Materials: Heavy-duty cardboard (see step 2 below for size) Colored papers, for "clothing" Matte knife, Zip ties, Broom handle, Block of wood (for cutout stand), optional, Bandanna, optional, Gloves, optional, Belt buckle, optional, Cowboy boots, optional. Cowboy Cutouts How-To: 1. Glue colored papers on top of a sheet of heavy-duty cardboard to create a "shirt" and "pants." 2. Have someone lie down on a piece of cardboard and use a marker to trace around the body, not including the head or extremities. 3. Use matte knife to cut out the shape. 4. Make two sets of holes in the "collar" and "belt buckle" area. Thread zip ties in the holes and attach the cutout to a broom handle. 5. Stick the cutout in the block of wood, in front of a bale of hay, or in your lawn. Dress your cutout by tying on a bandanna, adding gardening gloves, attaching a belt buckle, and putting on boots. Building Cutouts: Make your own Old West town with building cutouts for a: Blacksmith (front and back) (first floor and second floor) Hotel (first floor and second floor) Saloon (first floor and second floor) Sheriff (front and back) (first floor and second floor) General store (first floor and second floor) Each building will need two 4-by-8-foot pieces of cardboard and two 52-inch cardboard poster tubes to support the awning. Also, give your buildings extra Old West charm with this wood grain clip art... TNT Candy Sticks: These adorable treats resemble sticks of dynamite. They are the perfect party treat or favor for an Old West-themed birthday celebration. Ingredients: Seven 5-inch red stick candies (dylanscandybar.com) Black licorice (licoriceinternational.com) Directions: Take the red stick candies and place them together in a bundle. Cut a 7-inch piece of black licorice candy. Sandwich the piece of licorice, with one end extending, inside the bundle of stick candy. Cut about a 22-inch piece of black licorice and wrap it around the bundle of stick candy. Tie the black licorice so the candy bundle stays in place. Cut off loose end of licorice to desired length for the "fuse."
Our Cobra Pose Yoga Kit Includes: Green Yoga Essentials Mat, with a light-tack, nonslip surface Green Yoga Essentials Foam Block, which provides stability Organic Cotton Yoga Strap, which helps support a deeper stretch Yoga for Beginners DVD, with on-screen pose training and two full-length workouts Orange Yoga Towelettes, to keep your gear fresh Start your practice (or give it a lift) with our complete yoga set, created around our bestselling Yoga Essentials® mat, which provides the perfect light-tack, nonslip surface. 68"L x 24"W x 3mm. Modify any pose to your skill and flexibility levels with our Yoga Essentials foam block and organic cotton strap. The foam block created by Gaiam, provides stability for optimal alignment, deeper poses and increased stretch. 9"L x 6"W x 4"H. Our Organic Cotton Yoga Strap also helps to make difficult poses more accessible and helps you deepen stretches over time. 8'L. Our Cobra Yoga Set also includes our Yoga for Beginner’s DVD. Yoga masters Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman demonstrate all the basic poses in a detailed, 40-minute beginners yoga pose training session. Learn accurate alignment, technique and how to avoid the mistakes they see most often. Then put those lessons into practice with two full-length workouts. The 20-minute Morning Workout will get your day off to a refreshing start, helping you awaken and energize. The 15-minute Evening Workout restores, relaxes and soothes. Choose full, in-depth guidance as you get familiar with the routine or opt for minimal conversation so you can take in the sights and sounds of beautiful Molokai, Hawaii. 75 minutes. Lastly, keep your gear (and yourself) fresh with our orange-scented wipes. Each essential oil towelette calms and cleans with refreshing scent. 20 individually wrapped towelettes. Made in the USA. Imported/USA. $60.00
A walk along an urban trail is an education in diversity. You'll pass people of many nationalities and dress with one thing in common: they need exercise outdoors. You may notice that the plant world along the way is also inhabited by species from far away places. Vinca, an evergreen ground cover vine that now inhabits much of North America, is actually native to parts of Europe, North Africa and western Asia. The name was probably derived from a Latin word meaning "to bind." Certainly, as a ground cover, it is very effective for erosion control. In addition, David MacKenzie in Perennial Ground Covers says the tough runners used to be twisted together to form rope. The trailing, vine-like plant is in the Dogbane family, along with Bluestar (Amsonia spp.), Asiatic Jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum), Confederate Jasmine (T. jasminoides) and Mandevilla. Mature height as a ground cover is usually from 8" to 18". The runners root as they go. Flowers may be blue, white or burgundy, depending upon the cultivar. Vinca prefers moist soil in partial shade to full shade, but will also tolerate sun and drought. It is deer resistant. Two species of Vinca are commonly available: Vinca major and Vinca minor. Vinca major is so named because the flowers and leaves are larger and the runners longer than Vinca minor. Its common name is Bigleaf Periwinkle. Leaves are oval, green or variegated, 1" wide and approximately 2" long. Simple flowers are up to 2" diameter. It is reliably hardy in USDA climate zones 6 through 9. Recommended soil pH is 5.6 to 7.8. In addition to its effectiveness as a ground cover, it is a fine subject for hanging baskets. Plant 8" to 12" Vinca minor is commonly known as dwarf periwinkle, creeping myrtle, or death myrtle. V. minor does contain toxic substances, but MacKenzie says that "during the Middle Ages, the heads of criminals who were to be executed were adorned with stems of V. minor, hence the Italian name Fiore di morte (flower of death)." Foliage is about 3/4" wide and 1" long. Mature height is less than V. major; about 4". Evergreen foliage is deep green and shiny. It is fine for erosion control in medium-sized areas provided that water does not flow with such force that the plants are dislodged before established. Vinca minor is hardy in USDA climate zones 4 through 8. Recommended soil pH is 6.1 to 7.8. Plant 6" to 12" apart. Vinca does well in shallow soil, even where tree roots make it impossible to cultivate. But if possible, prepare the planting bed by cultivating at least 4" deep, removing all traces of weeds. Composted manure may be incorporated into the soil. Fertilizer may be used. If you choose to do so, incorporate 10-10-10 fertilizer at a rate of no more 2 lbs. per 100 square feet into the top 4" of soil. Avoid synthetic fertilizers contacting any part of your plants. Vinca can be planted any time you have a shovel handy, even bare root plants. It is very tough. Nevertheless, you should water occasionally until the plants become established to avoid drought stress. Maintenance is minimal. Vinca has few pest and disease problems, and tolerates poor soil. Because it is so common, some folks think that Vinca is over-used, even invasive. But I don't agree; I'm all about diversity. It does what a ground cover is supposed to do; it covers ground. Vinca is popular because it is effective, attractive, and requires little or no maintenance. Return to Vinca at goGardenNow.com. Posted by John Marshall at 7:48 AM 0 comments Links to this post Labels: drought tolerant plants, ground covers, low maintenance perennial, vinca