February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication, or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing, and watching TV hard to do. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless, and depressed. Vision rehabilitation can help people with vision loss to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life.
National Eye Institute and the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP) to help raise awareness about vision rehabilitation among people with low vision and their family, friends, and caregivers.
Beautiful Planter Made Easy by Elizabeth Kumm
Beautiful planters are a welcoming statement to your front door. They are fun and easy to plant. If you choose the right plants for the right location, they will be beautiful summer through fall.
Every container should have a Thriller, Fillers, and some Spillers. Your Thriller is the focal point of your planter. It gives the container height and fireworks. Your Fillers are the colorful part of your planter. They should be flowers that have long-blooming flower power all summer. The Spillers are the plants at the edge of the pot that spill over the edge, giving the planter a cascading effect.
Use a quality soil mix in a pot with good drainage for the best conditions. Do not use topsoil. It is very heavy, and the roots of the plants cannot grow as easily, stunting their growth. If your container does not have drainage, you can drill holes in the bottom.
Plant your Thriller in the middle or back of your planter. Your Fillers should be colorful and floriferous! Your Spillers should compliment your planter. Remember, you should ruffle the plants’ roots a bit before planting to encourage them to branch out and grow. Use a high-quality fertilizer such as Jack’s Classic every 7-10 days in the growing season for best results.
When you choose your plants, take into consideration whether they will be in full sun, partial shade, or full shade. The tags in the pack will tell you this, as well as the height and width of the mature plant. There are many varieties of plants, but these are some of my favorites:
Thrillers: Spike, Ornamental Grasses, Ornamental Millet, Angelonia, and Salvia.
Fillers for Sun: Petunias, Cosmos, Zinnias, Sun Coleus, Sunpatiens, and Vinca.
Fillers for Shade: Impatiens, Begonias, Coleus, New Guinea Impatiens, Asparagus Fern.
Spillers: Sweet potato vine, Bacopa, Lobelia, Mezoo Vine, and Vinca vine.
Water and feed them regularly. Deadhead the blooms, and do not be afraid to pinch your plants to keep them short, bushy, and flowering. Sit back, enjoy the summer, and have fun!
Garden Experts from Shamrock Nursery
If you are 50+ we know you are living some of the best years of your life. Here's your chance to shine. Submit your best photo to be selected in an upcoming issue 2019. firstname.lastname@example.org
What is your weekend hobby? Camping, hiking, gardening, writing, cooking, running, fishing, or something else? Submit your article to the editor to be featured. email@example.com
Are you a survivor? Share your goals, dreams, and vision with us. We want to celebrate your success with everyone.
Beyond the office walls, call us for a consultation today for advertising. Feature your business. 402-200-9334 firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a big event to celebrate? Give us a call 402-200-9334
If you know someone who has been married for 25 years or more, let us know. We'd love to recognize your big day!
A unique gift that is timeless, with expert insight for your health, delicious recipes, true stories, success, travel, and so much more!
"I read this magazine from top to bottom again, just wanted to let you know you are doing a great job Judith". HJ - Laurel, NE
"I love your recipes". Jan
"I received it in the mail, and read another article last night". Wesley
"I clip out the articles and send them to my sisters in Ohio". Marge
"Can I order more than one copy"? Mary - WestPoint, NE
"I've read every word and want to meet every person on your magazine". Carolyn, West Point, NE
"My classmates from our reunion in Iowa, requested copies of your magazine". Shirley, Sioux City, IA